Finding a new exciting city is great. The new smells, people, locations and culture is always a thrill—kind of a way to reset your life or even give yourself a “clean slate”. If this sounds like you—awesome. If it doesn’t however, keep reading. There is a giant faction of people that find moving to a new city nothing but daunting and stressful. If you are one of these people pay attention and you may just learn a couple of ways to getting to know your new city—and even yourself.
There are many different kinds of channels when it comes to getting to know your surroundings. It can be as simple as using your feet and a map, or firing up Google to search. First thing you must do when moving to a new area is walk around. I know, this sounds basic, but what better way to get to know an area than just using the pads of your feet? If you are going to go that far you may as well get lost. This is the surefire way to find out community resources, new people, and your way around the streets. On your way around town, try and pick up a newspaper—this incredible simple and old fashioned resource is great for finding what your town is like, who lives there, and what their values are. If you aren’t a big fan of walking, take the bus! No better way to experience a city than through the window with someone else (who knows where they’re going) to give you a nice tour.
Now that you have learned the ways that require you to get out of your house, here are some ways just sitting at your computer. First, Meetup.com is a great resource. You can find special interest groups, and people around that want to just get together! Whether you are just looking for a social group or if you are a classic book fanatic, this website has it all. Also, look into Craigslist.com. This website is a great resource for almost anything: services, classes, for sale, wanted and even a “missed connections” category. They have hundreds of areas! Then check out Yelp.com. This site is great for checking out any business around your home—all consumer based reviewed businesses this is a great way to narrow down exactly what you want and how much you want to pay for it.
Even if you only use one of these resources, you are sure to find out much more out about your town or city that you knew before. That’s a promise!