Top Tips for Moving to a New City Alone: In an increasingly mobile and globalised world, it’s rarely surprising when a young person ups sticks and moves to a new city, be it for their career, education or of course, for love. More people than ever are relocating solo, and while there are few things more exhilarating than starting a new life somewhere and exploring the unfamiliar, there are a few handy tips you should always take with you. Here are the golden rules for those looking to start a new life somewhere else, so that the experience can be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
Be a Tourist
There’s a common trope among those who first moved to the big city many years ago, in which the longtime resident laments not having ever seen any of the most famous sights of the city they live in that are so popular with tourists. Don’t be that person! During those first few weeks is the best time to act like a tourist in your new home, to see all of the things that outsiders think makes your new city such a great place to visit.
Before you move, make sure you have a bucket list of all the sights, parks, museums and galleries that you want to hit up and spend a couple of days exploring. Not only is this a great way to appreciate your new home, it’s also probably the most efficient way possible to get to grips with the local transport system and acquaint yourself with the local geography. It’s also a whole load of fun!
Explore the Local Dating Scene
I can think of few better ways to get to know not only the atmosphere of your chosen city but also the people within it. It’s best not to be shy, especially since you’ll want to make acquaintances who know the city better than you as soon as possible. There’s no pressure either, with services like dating app Badoo allowing users to search for friends nearby, rather than potential life partners.
Getting to grips with the dating scene from an early stage is a fun way to explore all the local restaurants, bars, clubs and romantic hotspots of your new town, and doing it with a local will make you feel like a seasoned resident in no time at all. You’ll also be able to quickly socialise and expand those all-important networks, and if you’re very lucky, you may even find the love of your life.
Take Some “Me Time”
While it’s crucial to make the most of all of that exhilarating energy that comes with moving to a new place, it’s also important that you take a moment to pause, reflect and learn how to relax in your new home. In between all of the dating, socialising and sightseeing, set aside a little bit of time to maybe feel at home in your new apartment, or to sit in a local coffee shop with a good book.
This will make the whole experience feel a lot less manic, and you’ll be able to properly reflect on what you really want to get out of your relocation, hopefully finding yourself a little in the process.
If any of you readers have some tips for those looking to move to a new city, let the people know in the comments below!