I moved in 2010 to the region in which I currently live. It’s made up of several cities and towns to make the region. I have moved a few times within that region to different towns since the original move. I have lived in three different cities/towns and every time I notice the same pattern: we move, we get settled into our living quarters, and then we have a hard time finding things to do for fun because we don’t know what the new city or town has to offer, or where anything is.
Exploring a new town can be difficult enough if you know the town inside and out. Moving away to another town can hinder your ability to be creative and stay busy.
Luckily, there are many ways to find out what a town has to offer. I’ve outlined many of those ways below.
Check Out Daily Deal Sites
Some of the coolest things can come out of daily deal sites if you check them on a regular basis. Websites like Groupon, Living Social and Teambuy can give you some great ideas of fun things to do, which is a great way of exploring a new place. I like this option because they are also budget friendly and show you fun things to do around the new city that you may not have been aware of before.
Using these services can also be a great way of making new friends.
Visit Your Local YMCA
Even if you don’t want to use the YMCA for entertainment, your local YMCA will likely have affiliate organizations that they work with that might have something that will pique your interest. Ask for a catalogue of events around the region; the booklets are usually free and very helpful. The YMCA is usually very community oriented, so they may be able to give you some good tips.
Look at the Local Paper
Larger events will usually be featured in the local newspapers. If the town has a car show, boat show, festival of some sort, or even just an event put on by the parks and recreation department of the city hall, you’ll usually find it in the “events” section of the print.
Be Open Minded
Some things may not look like they are up your alley, but you may be surprised. My favorite hobbies have fallen into my lap unexpectedly, even if I was a naysayer of the activity. Different regions are known for different things, and even if you don’t think that thing will be up your alley, try it out.
For example, if you move to a town that is known for it’s golf, but you have never tried golfing, go with a friend one day. At least then when you have out-of-town visitors, you can know what you’re talking about at least a little.
I’ve learned throughout all of my moves that sometimes, driving around and seeing what is out there can be the most effective way of exploring. The first town we moved to, I didn’t actually know about many places I’d have liked to visit until we were driving around town looking for boxes so that we could move out. I saw some cool cafes that I would have enjoyed, a park, a dinner theater, and even a chocolate factory that I didn’t know existed (though I feel like I should have had a sixth sense that the chocolate factory was there).
This is also helpful because you can take note of where the places are that you will frequently visit, so that you don’t get lost when you need to go there next.
Adjusting to a new town can be difficult, but using these tips to explore can make that adaption period easier.