Moving to a new town or city is difficult – been there! You’ve already established relationships in your old home, you have your favourite hang out spots, you understand the culture, and moving has changed all of that.
So how do you get to know your new town?
Walk around your neighbourhood. Explore downtown. Just get outside of your house and simply look at your new home! You’ll see signs and advertisements and bulletin boards that will point you in the direction of something that strikes your interest and give you a basic understanding of what goes on around town.
Visit your town’s website.
The quality of the website will give you insight as to how far into the 21st century city hall is, but you’ll also be able to find out about the logistics of your city – taxes, services, community events, etc. While you’re online, see if your town has a Facebook or Instagram page.
Be a tourist.
When I moved cities I went to the tourism kiosk and stockpiled all the pamphlets that interested me. I found out about things to do, festivals that happen, and interesting things in the surrounding area. Once you’ve collected data, go do tourist things. Check out the local heritage museum, eat out, shop at the best stores.
Ask a local.
Ask a co-worker what they do around town, or ask if they would mind taking you out for an evening. The locals are your best resource for learning about your new home. They know which restaurants are best, where fun activities take place, what clubs to join, when game days are, all the things that make life interesting.
I’ve created a Pin for you – 2 weeks to get to know your new town!
Give it a shot and let me know how it helped!
It was strange getting to know my new city, but going outside and actively looking for information and for things to do helped me start to feel more comfortable there. It might take a while (months, a couple years even), but your new town will start to feel like home and you’ll find new favourite hangouts and meet new people.
Enjoy the journey.