Finding Your Way Around: The Places You Need To Find After Moving To A New City


It’s natural to feel lost when you don’t know your way around. Not knowing where to go to eat, drink, shop, stroll or work out just piles on anxiety and discomfort to the already stressful emotional state most new movers find themselves in.

These stresses can be even harder to cope with when you’ve just moved far away from your previous support network and feel isolated in a new city, and it takes time to build up new friendships which can help you out. Therefore, it’s vital that you have a clear strategy, a hit-list of services and locations most important to your comfort and lifestyle that you can track down to “replace” the ones you knew in your old home. Here are our recommendations on the first places to find after unpacking in a new city:

Restaurants & Fast Food

Food is the essential human comfort: there is no argument. A good plate of food can warm you up on a cold night, conjure up memories and leave you full and happy, certain suddenly that everything will work itself out. Look up places near to your new home which you can afford to eat at semi-regularly, since you’ll be poor on time with lots to do and may not even have found a grocery store yet. If you are a homebody, make sure you find somewhere that delivers, or at least allows for delivery courier services to do that for them.

Bars, Clubs and Pubs

Again, your personal preference will dictate which of these nightspots are most important to you, but the main thing is finding an avenue to revitalize your social life. Even if your time with friends back home didn’t revolve around drinking and dancing, you need to find yourself new connections and this is one of the few places where people really open themselves up to strangers. Make the most of it; talk to people, or at least look like someone who’s ready to talk.

Hobby Spaces

Combating the alien, unsettling feelings of moving is half about replicating your old life in the new city, and half about being open to trying things that are totally new. Working out how to pursue your old hobbies or social activities is one way to combine them; find a new park to jog at, gym to work out in, or internet café to game at. It lets you feel that familiarity and resurrect a part of yourself you love while also putting you close to others who share that interest; the perfect fodder for building on those human connections which can be so tricky. So find your new jogging track, and hit the ground running.


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