Just Moved? Get to Know Your New City

Relish Being a Tourist While You’re Settling into Your New Home

family with moving boxesAwright! Your household move is finished. You’re in your new home and just getting into unpacking and putting everything away. That’s a lot of work, for sure. But there is one more thing you should be doing. And the sooner you do it, the cheerier you’ll be. You should be getting to know your new locale.

Certainly you looked into where you’d be going when you first set your mind or first were informed you had to move. Now that you’re here, though, it’s time to really get acclimated …
  • Take a walk and explore your new neighborhood – get to know the “lay of the land,” meet and greet the neighbors, locate the closest parks and recreation areas, determine the fastest route to your children’s’ schools (either by foot or by car)
  • Find the closest businesses to cater to your needs – supermarkets, shopping malls, gas stations, movie theaters coffee shops, fast food places, restaurants, libraries, bookstores, and the like
  • Visit the closest “Welcome Center” and pick up brochures highlighting local attractions that interest you – art museums, historical museums (particularly those partial to local history), sports arenas, bike and walking trails, convention centers, and theaters or auditoriums that offer stage presentations, for instance
internet compatable devicesOf course, one of the quickest and easiest (if less vivid and personal) ways to investigate your new community isn’t by foot or by car – it’s by way of the Internet. Google, Google Maps, Yelp, and Citysearch are a few of today’s preferred online resources for ferreting out local attractions. They’ll guide you to^pinpoint}78} all the most popular gathering places your community has to offer. Don’t just take the word of online reviews, though. Personally check out the recommended places and make up your own mind whether you like them or not.

Not really at ease with the Internet or phone apps? That’s fine, just stick with actual physical exploration. That’s usually the best way to get to know a place, anyhow. Getting out and about and speaking with people in person generally leaves a much stronger impression than does picking information off a computer or phone screen. Still, the Internet can at least show you what’s available.

Here’s another thought. If you honestly want to get acquainted with people in your new hometown, find local clubs and organizations that reflect your interests, your hobbies, or your worldview and join them. You might also consider involving yourself in this or that local community service, making yourself useful to the school system, daycare centers, nursing homes, homeless shelters, rescue missions, government agencies, or whatever might best engage your talents. Funny thing about community service (and you intuitively know it’s true!): what you give to the community has a way “giving back” to you. And it’ll be no time at all before you start feeling that your new hometown is home indeed and you’re a tourist there no more.