It’s one of those huge life shifts that don’t occur too often – so moving to a completely new city is definitely a milestone, and one that you may not have experienced before. There is a lot to plan, organize and discover.
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It could be moving for education, to pursue a certain career or even for romantic reasons, but whatever the catalyst it's likely to be an emotional and sometimes draining time. That’s exciting, of course, but it can also be stressful, especially if you’re underprepared. So how do you really decide if a big move is the right one for you? And what can you do to make the transition a little easier?
Go Off The Beaten Track
Every location will have it's well-known tourist traps and hotspots. But only experiencing these before you commit to a move means you haven’t really gotten a flavour of what it will be like as a resident there. Take your research to a deeper level – venture beyond the main locations and explore the back street, the out-of-the-way restaurants that the locals go to and the public transport. Those are the things you’re likely to be coming more into contact with when you actually relocate. Ask people who already live in the city – baristas, Uber drivers, hotel staff – where the good places are, what parks you have local to you and which undiscovered gems there are. And also try an audio walking tour of your new city – you’re bound to discover something new.
Such a large move needs one thing in abundance – preparation! Now is the time to get your plans firmed up well in advance of your actual move. Start by mapping out a personal budget, looking into what the cost of living in your new location is actually likely to be. Remember that the move itself is going to involve some expense, from putting down a rental deposit on somewhere to stay, to buying travel passes and finding a specialist company like North American Van Lines who will transport your things safely to your new home. If certain things are important to you, such as being able to go to the gym or having a favourite salon to get your haircut, then look into options before you move so you can be all set up quickly.
Find A Support Network
One of the trickiest parts of relocating to a new city is undoubtedly leaving behind your familiar support network – friends, family and everyone you know. This can sometimes be compounded by feelings of loneliness as you first settle in. While building deep connections takes time, there are some things you can do to help yourself. Ask your friends if they know anyone in the city you’re moving to who might show you around. See if new colleagues will show you the best coffee spots. Find volunteering opportunities in your new location. Join a club, sports team or society for something you love – you’ll soon meet people this way and feel less alone – the beginnings of brand new friendships.
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