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Hey guys. So, I thought I would give a few tips for people interested in moving to a new city. I’ve had some experiences moving to Atlanta, so these are suggestions from my own experience. I feel like there’s a whole list of things I could give you but I tried to narrow them down so it wasn’t too long.
So here are 6 tips for moving to a new city.
1. Research before you move.
This should be common sense but I’ll say it anyway. Research different neighborhoods and visit your city of interest (if possible) a few times. Look up who’s hiring and start applying for jobs. Search different apartments in your target area and give them a call to find out there leasing requirements and prices.
2. Go to city & community websites.
Most cities, states, and even neighborhoods have websites for visitors & new residents. They have important numbers, calendars of events, and lists of places to shop, eat, or have fun.
The best way to get to know your new city is to get out of the house and go outside. Walk around your neighborhood. Take a ride through different neighborhoods. Get curious but be careful and cautious. Pay close attention to your surroundings.
4. Google is your best friend.
Like seriously, I can not stress this enough. USE GOOGLE. Google will have information on traffic, where you parked, the history of your town, and places close to you with reviews. If you have to use public transportation, you can find the schedules of the buses or trains in most major cities as well as the time to leave to catch your bus on time.
5. Move with a friend.
If you know someone that lives in the city you want to live or if you know someone who is interested in moving to the same city, see if they would be interested in being roommates. It’s always nice to have a familiar face around or someone to be in your corner if you have an emergency. Just remember the 3 C’s of Cohabitation: 1. Communication 2. Consideration & 3. Changing the empty tissue roll
6. Use Foursquare.
I love Foursquare. I use it to find everything from restaurants and coffee shops, parks, and libraries, even clubs, and bars. You can rate the places so the app can recommend new places for you to try, write reviews, and leave tips for people like your favorite drink at a bar or the best mountain to watch the sunset.
Most importantly, be careful and have fun. Moving to a new place can be exciting but you have to be aware of your surroundings, find landmarks, and get to know where you are and pay attention. It’s a big world out there and things may not be the same in your new city as they were in your old city.