Moving to a new place is a daunting challenge, especially if you are moving away from your friends and family. And yet, moving to a new place can be really thrilling. This is a chance to experience something new and exciting – an opportunity that you really can’t resist!
So, once you’ve packed up your things, got one of the best removal companies at the ready and figured out where you’re going to live, what do you do next? How do you make a new home for yourself and thrive in a new town?
Turn Your Property Into a Home
Whether you are moving into a house-share and only have a bedroom, or you are moving into a property on your own, it’s really important that you start nesting straight away. Getting that sense of home is essential for you to start settling down and, actually, starting by creating a sanctuary in your bedroom to make sure you get a good night’s sleep is a good place to start.
You should also think about what makes a space homely to you. For some, it might be a case of piling up cushions and throws, for others, it might be about putting photos up with a few of your own bits and bobs. Whatever you need to do, give yourself a few days at least to make your new property feel more like your own.
Exploring Your New Town
One of the best things about moving to a new town is that while you are getting used to your surroundings, you can act like a tourist. Acting like a tourist in your home town is a lot of fun too! While you are unshackled from routine, give yourself a treat and go out to eat at different independent restaurants, figure out the public transport routes and join a walking tour to discover the best things in your area.
Another good tip is to allow yourself to get lost. This sounds scary but it’s the best way to figure out the town more intuitively and have the chance to stumble across local gems. Of course, the reality is that wherever you are in a city, it’s almost impossible to get truly lost as you can always call a taxi – or, even better, ask a local for directions.
Make New Friends
Making new friends is a big part of life and once you’re an adult, it suddenly doesn’t seem as easy as when you were a kid. However, it’s important that you put yourself out there and start building a local network so that you can really enjoy living here. And, while work colleagues are great to start with, you should definitely branch out!
A good tip for making new friends is to find a hobby or interest you can pursue as a group. For example, you could join an amateur theatre group or sports team, find people who like wine tasting or take an evening class to find people with similar interests. Equally, you could start by finding an online community and then meeting like-minded people face to face for a coffee.
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