Just Moved? Get to Know Your New City

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

family with moving boxesFinally! Your household move is over. You’re in your new home and beginning to get your possessions unpacked and put away where you want them. That’s a lot of work, for sure. But there is one other thing you should be doing. And the sooner you do it, the more contented you’ll be. You should be getting to know your new hometown.

Undoubtedly you looked into where you’d be going when you first determined or first were told you had to move. Now that you’re here, though, it’s time to really get your bearings …
  • Take a walk and explore your new neighborhood – get to know the “lay of the land,” introduce yourself to the neighbors, seek out the closest parks and recreation areas, determine the quickest route to your children’s’ schools (either by foot or by car)
  • Find the closest businesses to meet your needs – supermarkets, shopping malls, gas stations, movie theaters coffee shops, fast food places, restaurants, libraries, bookstores, and the like
  • Visit the nearest “Welcome Center” and get hold of brochures pointing out local attractions that suit your fancy – art museums, historical museums (most of all those partial to local history), sports arenas, bike and walking trails, convention centers, and theaters or auditoriums devoted primarily to stage presentations, for example
internet compatable devicesOf course, one of the fastest 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 choice 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. Visit the recommended places and make up your own mind whether you like them or not.

Not really adept with the Internet or phone apps? That’s all right, just stick with actual physical exploration. That’s normally the best way to get to know a place, anyhow. Stepping out 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 preview of what’s what.

Here’s another thought. If you really want to get acquainted with people in your new hometown, look for local clubs and organizations that reflect your interests, your hobbies, or your worldview and join them. You might also think about involving yourself in one or another 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’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.