It doesn’t matter whether you’re only moving to a nearby neighborhood, or making the move halfway across the world – settling into your new home can be difficult. With time, patience, and a little help from the advice below, you’ll be loving life in your new area in no time at all.
1. Embrace the Internet
The internet is an incredible resource if you are moving to a new area. Google Maps can help you find everything you need and is more detailed and updated than pretty much any city atlas. Yelp is a great resource for finding local restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, doctors or dentists, swimming pools, gymnasiums and just about anything else. You can read real reviews from real people, and make informed decisions that will help you find the hidden gems and the places to avoid in your new neighborhood.
2. Be Brave
Okay, so moving to a new area in itself means that you’re already fairly courageous, but by showing just a little more bravery you will have a much easier and more enjoyable time moving into your new area. Don’t be afraid to explore. Visit new restaurants, new bars, new stores, and whatever else you can find that’s new. Most importantly, be brave and talk to strangers. Meet your neighbors, and invite them to lunch or to have a coffee with you. This will help you to not only make new friends, but also to find great restaurants, cafes, bars, and more in your area.
Even if you have a car, one of the best ways to travel through a new area is to walk. When you drive you are focussing on street signs, traffic lights, and trying to make sure you’re heading in the right direction to your destination. When you walk, however, you can’t help but notice what is around you. Walking through a neighborhood won’t only help you get oriented geographically, but it will also help you develop a feel for the vibe and atmosphere that different parts of town have. You can also stop and explore whenever you feel like it, which is much more difficult to do when you are driving.
4. Go Easy on Yourself
There’s no denying that moving to a new area can be hard. Leaving behind friends, family, and social safety nets to move into a new and different environment can be challenging and sometimes difficult. An important part of any such move is to realize that there will be hard times (especially early on) and to go easy on yourself, and those you moved with, when stressful situations arise. Coping with the inevitable stress of moving to a new location involves taking each step one at a time, and trying not to worry about the totality of the tasks that lay ahead. Remember that challenges are a part of life, and you will overcome them (no matter how difficult they may first appear), if you take them one by one.
Kurt Jacobson is a surfing enthusiast with a background in real estate. Having moved 10 times in the past 7 years, he thrives on helping others learn from his experiences. When he’s not out shredding waves he writes about rental apartments for RentFinder.co.