You have made the decision, booked the best long distance movers, found the perfect flat, and now all you need to do is settle in. It could be the best decision you have ever made in your life – opening up a world of opportunity to you that you had never had before. Or it can be a total nightmare – and a lot of it hinges on how much you tackle your new situation and how much you give yourself over to it.
Here are some tips for making starting over in a new city fun and relatively easy.
It doesn’t matter if you moved for love, fun, or because you needed to be somewhere new for a while; one thing is a must—a new daily routine. Your new daily routine should make sure that you get out of the apartment or house for a while and explore. Head to local coffee shops, the library, co-working spaces, and the grocery store.
Create a new daily routine that is different from your old one.
If there is one thing that is certain, it is that often, when people grow up in a big city, they rarely make the most of everything they have access to. Make it your mission to check out tourist places, hidden gems, independent shops and eateries, and chains, and check the internet for free events too.
Set a goal to do at least one new thing or go to one new place every month – and if you have more time and money at your disposal – do it more often. Not only is this a great way to meet people, but you will start to feel at home and more familiar with your surroundings.
New friends are hard to make if you never go to the same place twice. But for most people who move, going to the same places becomes a habit – and one that can be very helpful.
Taking classes that meet regularly, going into the office even when you have fully remote options, and even going to the same coffee shop at the same time of day can help you meet people with a schedule and interests similar to yours.
Don’t get too down if you don’t have a friend group by the end of your first month – good friends can be hard to find, but they are worth it when you do find them!
If there is one huge, massive, and beneficial thing that can come from not knowing where to go and having no one to go there with – it is the time and effort you can put into your career. If the big move was because of your career, then you are already focusing on this one, but diving head first into it can give you something to concentrate on rather than focus on being homesick or unsettled.
In short, throw yourself into your new life and location with as much gusto as you can muster, and spend some time reading about other people who did it first: A Few Things I Wish I Knew Before Pursuing A Fashion Career.