You’ve unpacked all the boxes. Now what? Get out there and explore your new neighborhood! MyMove.com offers these tips on getting to know your new neighborhood:
Getting to know your new neighborhood, especially if you’ve just taken up new residence and don’t know the north end of town from the south, can be intimidating. Sometimes, it’s far easier to take the path of least resistance and hunker down in your new digs for fear of the very thing that scares the bejeezus out of all of us: the unknown.
But that’s no way to live, is it? And besides, by not getting to know your new surroundings you’re effectively closing doors left and right to the opportunities that await. To help with settling in, here’s a brief checklist of what you need to do to get you started in your new neighborhood.
Introduce yourself to the neighbors.
Depending on your personality and how outgoing you are by nature, this may come easily to you, or you might view it with the same enthusiasm that you would a trip to the dentist’s chair. Either way, introducing yourself to everyone in your new neighborhood (just like the aforementioned dental visit) should be undertaken for your ultimate benefit. You never know, you might even make some good friends out of it.
Get informed about your new surroundings.
Discover what’s happening in your new neighborhood by picking up a copy of the local newspaper, or other free local publications that’ll offer insight into the city’s best kept secrets—like the highest rated restaurants, happening nightlife spots, community theater events, shopping centers, and more.
Regardless of the size of your new community, you’ll probably have good luck finding a local tourist guidebook by paying a visit to a nearby bookstore or the public library (while you’re there, sign up for a library card). Both places can be great resources for seeking out periodicals that’ll aid you in getting oriented in your neighborhood.
Plan city explorations for your days off.
Sitting at home is probably the worst thing you could do for both your social life and for getting to know your way around your new neighborhood. Find a local point of interest by poking around online, or perusing the pages of the local paper or tourist guidebook, and making that the focal point of your excursion. Don’t plan too much at once—take baby steps, and make sure that you’ve carved out plenty of time in your day to accommodate getting lost…and subsequently found.
Go for a walk.
Not to be confused with the far larger endeavor of planning out a daylong excursion to check out what the city has to offer, going on a walk in the immediate vicinity of your new neighborhood is a good way to get a feel for your new environment.
Get involved in group activities.
Pick up a gym membership or swing by the community center and find information about clubs and other activities. This is a great way to get to know people in your vicinity who share your same interests, and it keeps you from staying at home too much.