It can be so overwhelming when the time comes to up sticks and move to a new city. You may be leaving everything you know and love behind. Your family and your friends, your support network. It’s a difficult decision for anyone to move their lives to another place. But mostly there are some great reasons for doing this, and often it might mean a new job or even a better lifestyle. So it’s worth going with the flow and embracing the new challenges set in front of you. However, because it can be such a huge leap of faith I thought I would share with you some handy tips to handle the situation and make the most of your new lives.
Work out your local surroundings
First of all, try and work out your local area as quick as you can. This means checking out the local stores and coffee shops. The places you might be able to go for a run or walk the dog. Even doing things like that regularly and seeing if you see familiar faces, this could be a great lifeline. When you first get there you may not know anyone at all, so make sure you have your priorities straight to start up your life. Once you get a bit more familiar, you can begin to venture further out.
Network, network, network
Use any opportunity you can to network with like minded people. This could be at the school gates of your kid’s school right down to starting a conversation with the staff at your local coffee shop. Make conversation as much as you can. You have no idea where it would lead to. It’s always good to be friendly, and these could turn into lasting friendships.
Do some research online
Doing some research in advance of going or when you get there will be vital for working out some things you just won’t be able to make out on your own. Websites like Nearby Spots could help you find local nail places right through to the best breakfast locations. The internet will be a great source of information and will help you save a lot of time. For instance you could be thinking about transport options for when you’ve moved city or state, however you could look at cheap second-hand cars for sale, or even look into a car shipping company that can relocate your vehicle, as and when you decide.
Smile as much as you can
Smiling will be your best asset when it comes to making new friends and networking with like minded individuals. Smile when you walk past someone, in a shop and when you are ordering food or a drink. Smiling may open a door for conversation which may lead to other things. You have no choice but to step out of your comfort zone.
Make effort with people you meet and in any social setting
You need to try and strike up conversations as much as you can. So if your partner has started a new job then try and make the effort to speak to his work colleagues. Use any opportunity you can. Don’t be afraid to tell people you are new there. A lot of people are proud of where they live and be happy to talk you through some things.
I hope this might help you if you find yourself moving to a new location. It will certainly be the start of the next chapter in your life.