Moving cities has become a common practice these days and has the people divided on opinion about it. The concept is glorified by half of the population while absolutely frowned upon by the other half. Both with their reasons and strong justifications.
We’d say that young people should move cities while they have the energy to do so and explore the world while they can. And why not? The world was made for you to see, you are meant to discover new horizons and uncover the unquenchable thirst for some change.
However, as exciting as it may sound, the reality is that moving cities is a daunting task (to say the least). It can get a little nerve-wracking at times, particularly when you don’t have a few familiar faces around you. Here’s some tips for you if you are on the move and on your own.
Connect with your neighbors
Before moving to a new city, make sure you do all your research about the place. Find a lovely neighborhood and try to socialize with your neighbors before you even move on apps like Nextdoor. Friendly neighbors are a game changer, whatever issue you might be facing. It can get uncomfortable if you don’t have a grocery store nearby, or keep forgetting your way home, everything will seem unfamiliar and strange, but with a little help and support, you will know what to expect beforehand.
Manage your expenses
This one is a no-brainer. You must have extra savings and manage your expenses wisely. When you move to a new place you will face a lot of unexpected challenges, and the best way to stay prepared for them is to have a few extra bucks to tackle any unforeseen circumstance.
Say yes to your social life
Of course, you’re going to meet new people, and of course, they are going to invite you to their parties... all you have to do is say YES! You won’t find new job opportunities, make new friends, or even find a romantic partner if you just stay at home and order take-out. Get out there and remember that these are life essentials that you can’t miss out on.
A lot of people might try and take advantage of you after finding out that you’re new to the city. People might try and scam you for money, or even misguide you for no reason, but you will have to duck them all and play safe.
If you love reading books, join a book club. If you love sports, join your local sports group, hit the gym – in short, join whatever group you like. This can work as a great hobby as well and help make a bunch of new friends. If you don’t have any hobbies, then that’s good too, do something you’ve never done before! As a beginner you can always connect with people who are also new to the skill or hobby, this could be a great story to talk about after a few years.
And yes, you’re allowed to have your space whenever you like, but don’t make it your comfort zone. You will have to push yourself at times into experiences that you might not be ready for but will create a lot of impact on so many things.
Most importantly, trust the process. It takes time to settle in and get to know a new place but soon all the trouble you face ends up being worth it! Also remember to always make an effort to staying in touch with your old pals and try to visit them time and again. Things will be difficult but they’re not impossible, so no matter the reason you’re moving, just remember that you are starting your next adventure so start packing and good luck!