Just Moved? Get Acquainted with Your New City

Enjoy Being a Tourist While You’re Getting Settled in Your New Home

family with moving boxesFantastic! Your household move is over. You’re in your new home and just getting started on unpacking and putting your stuff away. That’s a lot to do, for sure. But there is yet another thing you should be doing. And the earlier you do it, the cheerier you’ll be. You should be getting familiar with your new community.

One would hope you researched where you’d be going when you first decided or first discovered you had to move. Now that you’re here, though, it’s time to really adapt …
  • Take a walk and explore your new neighborhood – get to know the “lay of the land,” say “Hi!” to the neighbors, locate the nearest parks and recreation areas, figure out the shortests route to your children’s’ schools (either by foot or by car)
  • Find the closest businesses to satisfy your needs – supermarkets, shopping malls, gas stations, movie theaters coffee shops, fast food places, restaurants, libraries, bookstores, and so on
  • Visit the nearest “Welcome Center” and pick up brochures covering local attractions that suit your fancy – art museums, historical museums (most of all those focused on local history), sports arenas, bike and walking trails, convention centers, and theaters or auditoriums devoted primarily to stage presentations, for instance
internet compatable devicesBut then, one of the speediest and easiest (if less authentic 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 among today’s most used online resources for uncovering local attractions. They’ll lead 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 no problem, just stay with actual physical exploration. That’s usually the best way to get acquainted with a place, anyhow. Getting out and about and speaking with people in person generally leaves a more dramatic impression than does picking information off a computer or phone screen. Still, the Internet can at least give you a clue to what’s going on.

Here’s another thought. If you really want to get acquainted with people in your new hometown, seek out local clubs and organizations that accord with your interests, your hobbies, or your worldview and join them. You might also mull over involving yourself in some sort of local community service, making yourself useful to the school system, daycare centers, nursing homes, homeless shelters, rescue missions, government agencies, or whatever might best suit your talents. Funny thing about community service (and you just know it’s true!): what you give to the community has a way “giving back” to you. And it won’t be long before you start feeling that your new hometown is home indeed and you’re a tourist there no more.