Getting to know your new neighborhood after moving can be a daunting task. Not only are you getting to know your new home and all the nooks and crannies, but now you also have to leave the house and explore your new neighborhood and its nooks and crannies. It can be tempting to stay inside and make your home your own sanctuary that you never have to leave. It’s important to become a part of your community though to really make your new neighborhood feel like home.
Get to know your new neighborhood in five simple ways.
Take a Walk
The best way to explore a new neighborhood is by walking around it. When you drive around your neighborhood, you can easily miss exciting shops or restaurants. Walking allows you to take your time and stop anywhere you’d like without making any U-turns or backtracking. You’ll never know what you’ll stumble upon when you walk around your new neighborhood.
Stop in a Local Coffee House
Coffee shops have become the hub of some neighborhoods. They have become more than just a place to grab a caffeine pick-me-up. It’s a place for people to work, catch up with friends, and build a community.
Stop by a local coffee shop and take a look at any flyers or posters people in the community have left. This is an easy way to see events and groups that get together in your new neighborhood. Attend an event or join a group to become part of the community.
Talk to Your Neighbors
A simple “hello” can go a long way. Why not get to know your neighborhood with the help of people who are already familiar with it? Your neighbors who have lived in the neighborhood for a few years surely have a sense of the community and the best places to eat.
Whether you are sitting on your porch or walking by one of your neighbors, don’t be afraid to say hi. You may even meet your new best friend this way.
Get involved in your new neighborhood. Look for a neighborhood association or volunteer groups that you can get involved in. This will give you a better sense of the community and it’s a great way to meet your new neighbors. Some neighborhoods have an annual street clean up day or holiday celebrations that you can participate in.
Be a Tourist for a Day
You have to start somewhere. Be a tourist in your neighborhood for a day. Stop by the most cliché restaurants and bars or go see a popular attraction near your home. Starting with more well-known places gives you a sense of where little hole-in-the-wall places may be in your new neighborhood.
This is also helpful for when friends and family come to visit you in your new neighborhood. You’ll exactly where to take them for touristy fun.
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