If you have recently relocated, it is paramount that you get to know the area that you have just moved into. This could help you stem the tide of homesickness and ensure that you can start building a new life there immediately without feeling isolated or frightened.
With that in mind, here are some top tips that can help you to get to know – and even love – the area that you have just moved into (even if you were forced to move for job or familial reasons).
• Find Activities to Do
Although you might not have the money, time or energy to visit local attractions every weekend, when you first move into an area, it can be a great idea to try out some of the biggest activities to do in the area and see the sights.
Not only will this help you to feel like a little bit of a tourist in your new home, but it can also give you a basic understanding of the lifestyle and history of the area that you have just moved into. This can allow you to feel more at home and can make you enjoy living in this city more than you currently do.
It can also get you out of your house and give you some respite from the trials and stress of unpacking and organizing your move. For instance, if you have just moved to Somerset, you might look at what to do in Bath as there are plenty of beautiful monuments, architecture and pieces of history to revel in here. These can make you glad that you moved and can ensure that you do not find that you have skipped visiting all of the big local tourist attractions in a few years’ time.
• Meet Your Neighbours
If you are an introvert, you might be tempted to burrow into your home and never go out, especially if you have relocated to an entirely new city and are feeling nervous about the move. However, the quicker you get to know the people who are living around you, the safer and more comfortable that you will feel, even though, in many cases, communities are less tight than they used to be.
This means that you should make an effort to speak to and meet your neighbours, even if you just do this by saying hello to them each morning or knocking on their door on the first day that you move in. They might even offer you help with your move, or give you tips and tricks that can help you to settle in.
• Join a Social Group
One of the top ways that you can put down roots and ensure that you settle in straight away is to join a social group that will give you the chance to make new friends and to get to know the way of living here. For instance, you might join a local book club, a theatre society or a dance troupe. By doing this, you will have a creative outlet for all of your stress, you will be able to get out of the house regularly and you will have the chance to pick up a new hobby (or enjoy an old one). This can be particularly important if you are currently missing a social group that you had to leave behind when you moved away.
To find these groups, you can use platforms such as MeetUp, check social media or simply Google the type of group that you are looking for. You might also search for advertisements in local newsletters, as well as keep your eyes open for posters and flyers that are promoting these groups.
Sometimes, though, you do not have to have a specific plan to get to know your area, and it can be as simple as deciding to set off and wander around. Although you should make sure that you are safe and that you know where you are going, exploring can give you a chance to discover elements of your new town that you might never have found otherwise.
This can also allow you to see what is in your town and to find new haunts that you will return to regularly. This can also be a good option for those who are living in the countryside, who have a dog or who love exercise, as you might be able to find a number of nature trails that will help you to burn off steam and relax your mind, which might be uptight in the first days and weeks after moving house.