For many people, packing up their life and heading to a new and exciting city is a complete dream. And these days, as many of us are freelancers and self-employed, this is entirely achievable. You just need to pack up your laptop, and then you can work from anywhere that has Wi-Fi.
Sure, this digital nomad lifestyle might sound super tempting, but are you sure you would have a wonderful time if you landed in a city without knowing a soul? Trying to settle into a new city without knowing anyone can be an unnerving prospect. However, if you follow all the following tips, you will have a fun time even if you don’t know anyone who lives in your destination.
Join Some Groups
Each town and city has various groups and organizations for hobbies and sports. For instance, you will find that lots of sports teams meet up regularly at sports centers and leisure centers. There will also be other non-sporty groups you could join, such as book clubs and volunteering groups. It’s a clever idea to join as many different clubs and organizations as you can, as these are beautiful places to meet people with similar interests to you. You can see what’s going on in your new city by checking www.meetup.com.
Share Your Rides
In most cities, people are always keen to strike up a conversation on public transport. So, rather than driving around on your own, why not take the bus or the train? You never know who you will meet! There are now websites like www.ridester.com that feature discounts for ride-share companies like Lyft and Uber. It’s also a nice idea to take these as often as possible during your first few months in the city. Some give passengers the chance to team up and ride together. Not only will this save you some cash, but you might also make a new friend!
Say Hi to Your Neighbors
Some neighbors prefer to stick to themselves, but why not try and change this by introducing yourself? You might get on like a house on fire with them, and you might start hanging out together socially. But it’s also nice to get to know your neighbors as you could both help each other out if either of you needs a helping hand sometime. If your neighbors have been in town for quite some time, they might also be able to give you some helpful tips and recommendations on what to do and see.
Give It Some Time
It takes time to settle into a new home, and this period will be extended if you don’t know anyone in your new city. So, just because you don’t like the area or don’t meet anyone new in the first few months, it doesn’t mean you need to go back home. Give yourself a year to fully settle in and then see how you feel.
Good luck making things work in your new home and city!