When it comes to moving, doing it alone may not be the most fun thing to do. Throw in an entirely new city in the mix, and it can even be frightening. Although moving day jitters can have you in a funk, you will be glad to learn that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Moving alone to a big city can in fact be a liberating, once in a lifetime experience, and as far as taking care of all the logistics, don’t worry we have got you covered. Below are some tips that can help make this transition a pleasant, stress-free experience. Continue reading for more information.
Moving alone to a big city
- Make your new place feel like home
Moving to a new city made easy is all about familiarity. Granted, it is a new city, so there is very little, if anything at all, familiar about it to you. However, the same can’t be said about your new place. Whether you brought your furniture and other belongings with you or not, there is still a lot of potential for creating a familiar space with or without those things. Pictures, sentimental items, and candle scents you may enjoy are just some of the items you can use to create a comfortable, familiar place for yourself, one that makes you feel at home. Whatever made you feel cozy in your previous home, you should try to recreate in your new place.
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- Get to know your new neighborhood
Although you can’t expect to know the in’s and out’s of a new big city in a short period of time, you can and should get to know your neighborhood. If possible, start taking strolls through your new hood as soon as you move in. Get familiar with the retailer folks nearby and before you know it, your new neighborhood won’t be so new anymore. Meeting people in your neighborhood is also a great way to learn about the hot spots, and go to places.
Travel outside of your neighborhood, get familiar with the culture, try new things, pop in on stores at random, and just have fun with it. Do as much as you’re comfortable with, both financially and mentally.
- Be prepared, know your route
As fun as exploring at random is, getting lost with no clue of your whereabouts is anything but fun. It can be frightening and even end up costing you money you were saving for something else, just so you can get back home safely. If you never visited this city before, have a map handy or GPS. If you’re traveling by foot and/or public transportation, you can utilize one of the various GPS apps that can be easily downloaded onto your smart phone. But in the case that your phone is on low battery or out of working range, a physical map can once again prove to be handy. Bottom line, stack up on anything you think you may need and go out on the town, exploring!
- Meet people with similar interests
Whatever your hobbies and interests are, there are most likely groups for that, especially in a big city. You can begin by checking out local neighborhood forums and such, to get a feel for what is already close by. If there is nothing of interest, you can branch out to other neighboring towns, and check out what they have to offer. Either way, find things you enjoy doing and meet like-minded people you can do them with. It is a great way to meet new friends, and get further acquainted with your new city.
- Take it easy
Last but certainly not least, be sure to take it easy! Don’t overexert yourself, and just go at the pace you’re most comfortable with. The idea is not to overwhelm yourself while trying to check off everything on this list. Have realistic expectations, and things will fall into place.