Savor Being a Tourist While You’re Setting Up Your New Home
Fantastic! Your household move
is completed. You’re in your new home and just getting started on unpacking and putting everything away. That’s a lot to handle, for sure. But there is yet another thing you should be doing. And the sooner you do it, the cheerier you’ll be. You should be getting familiar with your new hometown.
Certainly you looked into where you’d be going when you first decided or first were told you had to move. Now that you’re here, though, it’s time to really adapt …
- Take a walk and explore your new neighborhood – get to know the “lay of the land,” meet and greet the neighbors, seek out the closest parks and recreation areas, calculate the fastest route to your children’s’ schools (either by foot or by car)
- Find the closest businesses to meet your needs – supermarkets, shopping malls, gas stations, movie theaters coffee shops, fast food places, restaurants, libraries, bookstores, and the like
- Visit the closest “Welcome Center” and get yourself some brochures highlighting local attractions that resonate with you – art museums, historical museums (certainly those that showcase local history), sports arenas, bike and walking trails, convention centers, and theaters or auditoriums devoted primarily to stage presentations, for instance
But then, one of the speediest and easiest (if less vivid and personal) ways to investigate your new community isn’t by foot or by car – it’s by way of the Internet. Google, Google Maps, Yelp, and Citysearch are among today’s choice online resources for identifying local attractions. They’ll guide you to^pinpoint}78} all the most popular gathering places your community has to offer. Don’t just take the word of online reviews, though. Visit the recommended places and decide for yourself whether you like them or not.
Not really adept with the Internet or phone apps? That’s no problem, just continue with actual physical exploration. That’s frequently the best way to get acquainted with a place, anyhow. Heading out and chatting with people in person generally leaves a more powerful impression than does picking information off a computer or phone screen. Still, the Internet can at least clue you in to what’s available.
Here’s another thought. If you truly want to get acquainted with people in your new hometown, check out local clubs and organizations that reflect your interests, your hobbies, or your worldview and join them. You might also contemplate involving yourself in this or that local community service, making yourself useful to the school system, daycare centers, nursing homes, homeless shelters, rescue missions, government agencies, or whatever might best employ your talents. Funny thing about community service (and you intuitively know it’s true!): what you give to the community has a way “giving back” to you. And it won’t be long before you start feeling that your new hometown is home indeed and you’re a tourist there no more.