Feeling at Home in Your New Community

Moving to a new location is never easy. This is especially true if you are moving a great distance away. A new town can feel strange and unfamiliar, but there are a few ways you can make it seem a little more like home. Once you have found some fun activities, a few new hang-outs in the area, and made some friends, it won’t feel so different.

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Making New Friends
One of the things that can make you feel isolated in a new place is the lack of friends. Once you have moved into your new location, seek out ways to meet others in the community. Joining a gym is a great way to find people that are interested in the same things you are. Classes are another place to find like souls. You can also attend a neighborhood church. Congregations are full of wonderful people that want to make you feel welcome.

Things to Do
Take advantage of your new location. Learn all you can about it by going to local events where you can get a feel for the local culture. Small towns as well as big cities often host annual festivals that you can become a part of. Search online for things to do in your area. For example, sites like SFV Media post calendars filled with things to do in San Fernando Valley. Find a similar site for your new town.

A Favorite Haunt
Chances are that you left behind several favorite restaurants and shops. The sooner you discover new places to hang out, the sooner you’ll feel at home in this new place. Make it fun. Pick one night each week where you will try a new restaurant. Soon you’ll have a long list of ones you’ll want to revisit. Take the time to explore shopping centers and downtown districts. You may not need anything at the moment, but when the occasion arises, you’ll know exactly where to go for a jeweler, hardware store, or bakery.

Now that you know where to look for things to do and you have made some friends, your new surroundings will feel much more inviting and fun. Before you know it, you’ll be calling this new place home.

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