6 Steps for Surviving New Cities
Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Moving to a new city can be daunting.. especially if you don't know anyone in your new town. I did this a year ago when I moved from a small city in Michigan to Boston. It was not an easy transition but I survived and you might even say I thrived...
The thing is... I had to get way out of my comfort zone. It is really sad leaving your family and that took some time to get used to. But you cannot let that get you down or ruin your new experience. Here are some of the ways I was able to make the most out of my new city.
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Accept the drinks invite
I am not much of a drinker but it was helpful to go out with my coworkers. I was able to meet locals, make friends and make connections with people around the office. This is a really simple way to get the low down on the city and get insider tips on where to go, what to eat and what to do. And now you have a new friend to potentially do these things with!
Your work is going to be the first place you have a constant connection with people, take advantage of this. It is always a good idea to have some allies within your office as well!
Get roommates or say hello to your neighbors
I am still at an age where I do not mind having roommates. This made a huge difference for me. I made sure to become good friends with her and eventually we went on a lot of adventures together! Through her, I made even more friends around the area and started to get a good base. So try not think of your roommate as someone who takes too long in the shower but as a friend.
Joining communities is a great way to make friends with people who have similar interests as you.. this could be through a church, a sports club, a dance class, or a book club. A lot of these things can be free or fairly cheap so that you can make new friends who will enjoy doing the things you love too!
Take to the internet
Take some time and research your new area. Find what there is to do and what the main sites are. Dig even deeper through some blogs and find out not well-known things you can take part in.
Get out and explore by yourself
One of my favorite things to do in Boston was to go out and explore on my own. So after you are done researching, take to the streets! I do not mind walking so I would just walk miles and miles and see as much as I could. I occasionally used the map on my phone to help myself get used to the roads, the trains and buses. It is a great way to begin a personal connection with your new city.
Don’t be afraid to ask locals questions
If you are lost, need a recommendation or want some advice.. ask a local. They will know best and give you stellar recommendations. When I can, I try to ask a cop. They are always friendly and willing to give you the in on their favorite sandwich shop or directions home in case you do get lost.
Call your family and friends
Last but not least, call home. Stay in connect with your family and friends. Although you may not live close anymore, keeping these relationships is important and key. They are still your foundation!
I hope this helps you get started in a new city! If you have any other questions about how to transition in a move, send them my way!