When you’re relocating to a new city, you’ll probably spend lots of time packing and planning the actual move. But what happens after moving day, once the boxes are unpacked and you’re settled into your new home? That’s when it’s time to learn more about your new hometown! Here are six ways to discover local restaurants and attractions after relocating:
- Your new city’s website. Most cities have webpages dedicated to local happenings, including news, job openings, city council meetings, weather reports and more. You’ll probably also find links to local hotels, restaurants and attractions, as well as nearby towns and your state government. If your town is too small for a website, search for a site dedicated to a larger town nearby. You’ll get much of the same information.
- Online travel sites. Yes, you aren’t a visitor, but you can find lots of great information and hidden gems in travel guides. Research sites where past visitors or locals can contribute reviews of their favorite places to eat, shop and sightsee.
- Google Maps. An online map makes a nice visual for those who want to orient themselves in their new city after relocating. Plug in your address and look for nearby retailers and restaurants.
- People. What better place to go for information about your new hometown than those who have lived there longer than you? The locals often know things visitors do not and can tell you the truth about where in town to head – and where to avoid.
- Explore. You’ll never truly experience your new city by sitting on your rear. Grab hold of your adventurous spirit, get in your car, and drive – or, if you’re in a big city, hop on a bus! However you do it, make time to simply explore what’s around you. If you see an interesting shop, go inside. Also, make it a point to eat at a new-to-you restaurant every week.
- Coupon sites. Get online and look at the local deals that coupon sites like Living Social or Groupon are offering. This is a fun and inexpensive way to discover new restaurants or do something you’ve never tried before!
Relocating can be scary, but it’s an adventure too. Embrace it and learn as much as you can about your new city. Soon you’ll become one of the locals giving advice to newbies in town.