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10 Important Areas You Need To Know Around Your Neighborhood
10 Important Areas You Need To Know Around Your Neighborhood

Any time you move, there’s a host of things that you’ll need to address quickly in order to get settled in and become comfortable in your new surroundings. Some of these include setting up bills and establishing accounts such as internet service and utilities, finding a local health care provider or veterinarian, possibly transferring banks and pharmacies depending on how far you’re moving, and just learning the lay of the land. It’s an exciting time, but it can also come with a great deal of stress since moving typically involves juggling a bunch of things at once while keeping your life in order. With that in mind, here are 10 things to keep in mind that will help will get quickly acclimated to your new neighborhood. 

Public transportation

Even if you have a car, it’s always helpful to know where and how to use public transportation. It can come in handy if you need to have repairs done to your vehicle, or if it’s just a more convenient way to get around. For example, it can be difficult to find parking in downtown areas of major cities and it can also come in handy if you need to travel, not to mention the cost of parking in a paid lot such as an airport if you’re going on vacation. 

Grocery stores

We all have to eat and you will no doubt have several grocery stores to choose from so start exploring them early on. It’s easy to pop in to a store and see what they offer just to pick up a few things, try out their deli, or just see if they carry your favorite brand or product of certain items. 

Local favorites 

One of the best things you can do to get familiar with a new neighborhood is to ask locals about their favorite places to go and things to do. This can include anything from the best pizza or sandwich place to the best places to shop, or even where to meet people and find things to do around the area. While it can be fun to explore on your own, asking locals can help you learn about the neighborhood more quickly and it’s also an easy way to make new acquaintances. 

Clubs and organizations 

If you have a hobby or interest, or would like to get involved with something new, a local club or organization can be a great way to get involved in the local culture and meet new people. Every city has various clubs and groups that range from social meet ups to volunteering in the community, or even joining a local recreational sports league. 

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Entertainment venues 

Finding local entertainment and things to do is one of the most exciting aspects of moving to a new area. Whether you enjoy live music, theater productions, museums, hiking, getting a taste of the local restaurants and bars, or taking in a ball game, you’ll have several opportunities to find out what your neighborhood has to offer by learning what types of venues and entertainment are available. It’s also a great way to unwind and meet people with similar interests. 

Health clubs & recreation

If you’re a workout buff or just enjoy getting outside and getting some exercise, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with your options. Even small and medium sized cities will have gyms and classes available, likely with several options to choose from. If you like biking, hiking, or just going for a walk, learning the best places to enjoy these activities can be a great way to explore your neighborhood while getting in some exercise. 

Community Events

Every city and neighborhood hosts regular and annual events that can be found relatively easily on the internet, either on the city’s website or local calendar of events. Concerts, fairs, festivals, farmers markets, and any other number of events are probably happening in and around your neighborhood if you know how to find them. If you have kids, there’s no shortage of family friendly activities you’ll be able to join in on to see what locals are doing. 

Social media 

Social media can be one of the best tools at your disposal for discovering community events, as well as to connect with community groups. There are also neighborhood websites like Nextdoor that can help you stay in tune with what’s happening in the area and get to know your neighborhood. 

Learn your commute 

Moving to a new area means you’ll have to get familiar with a new commute and how to best get around town. It can be helpful to try a test run to figure out traffic patterns and the best routes to take to get to work, school and wherever else you may need to go. Testing out different ways to get where you’re going at the same time you’ll be driving on a regular basis can help ease the transition when you need to budget your time and plan when you need to leave. Be sure to take note of local eateries and gas stations along the way so that you won’t have to search around when you’re pressed for time. 


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