Secrets of Moving to Another City
Moving to a big city from a small town can be exciting and invigorating, but most of the time, it is also accompanied by stress. If you have no idea what to expect, here’s our list of top 6 things to do before moving to another city. Knowing these things will add up to your comfort and confidence.
1) Select a good neighborhood. In most cases the neighborhood’s quality is evaluated by the rent rates. However, it is not always the case because sometimes there are crappy places that will charge you more than necessary, and in contrasts to this, there are great places that don’t cost a fortune. Consider the following when selecting the neighborhood:
- Talk with local insiders
- Avoid neighborhoods with the high crime rates
- Use the power of Google Earth and you will see how well the streets are cared for
- Go and see everything yourself, walk around the area
2) Learn how to get around. Thankfully to the era of new technologies, getting around the city that you don’t know is not a problem anymore. My personal choice is Citymapper because it provides you with very easy and understandable directions to the places that you need to reach. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re traveling on foot, or by bike, car or public transport because Citymapper will always show you the shortest route. An excellent thing about it is that it shows the rush hour traffic and tells you each stop when you are using the public transport. This way you can be confident that you won’t miss your stop. When you become more and more experienced in choosing the shortest route you start saving a lot of time.
3) Parking sucks. This statement is especially justified for the big cities. You have to be ready to pay high rates wherever you go. This is why you should think about parking when searching for a home or a new job. Just like with getting around the city, apps can also help with parking. Use Best Parking to check the best rates and parking lots’ working hours.
4) Pack light. Moving into a new city is not an easy task to accomplish. And the number one among the moving packing tips is to pack light. Cut down your possession to essentials.
5) Find your favorite hangout. Not all people have their own backyard, that’s why you have to look for some places to hangout. When you’re walking or driving around the city, just look around and keep an eye on the places that you may like. The places that correspond to your interest – a park, a museum, a night club, or maybe, a tea club? Select several places and learn to make yourself at home there.
6) Make friends! No one says it’s easy, but if you don’t find friends, you’ll never feel at home in a new city. To meet new friends you can try volunteering, having lunch with new coworkers, or joining a club, etc. But the most important – be opened for new relationships!