Moving to a new town can be a daunting experience. It takes time to plant roots, make new friends, and establish routines. However, there are many benefits of getting out of your comfort zone and starting over. Keep reading to explore some ways to get settled in a new town.

10 Tips for Moving to a New Town and Starting Over

1. Pare down belongings.

Before your move, carefully consider how much of your furniture and other belongings you want to take with you. Starting over in a new place should mean leaving a lot of your old stuff behind for a fresh start.

2. Find local favorites.

Once your unpacking is underway, start scouting out your new go-to places: grocery store, pharmacy, gas station, coffee shop, dry cleaner, and a couple restaurants. Finding new places to frequent for daily errands is sure to help you feel more at home.

3. Be a tourist on your days off.

Do some research online, go over local maps, and do some exploring on foot. You’ll learn your town’s history, discover local gems, and get a feel for the community’s vibe.

4. Say yes to invitations.

Whether it’s happy hour with co-workers or dinner with the neighbors, say “yes” to as many opportunities that come your way as you can. It takes time build a social circle in a new place, so it’s best to dive right in.

5. Join local Facebook groups.

Search your new town for local groups on Facebook. You might find local mom groups, book clubs, or restaurant review groups to help you scout out favorite dives. You can even post questions and start making connections before you move!

6. Join the PTA.

If you have kids in school, participate in any organizations you might be well-suited for. This is a great way to get hands-on in the community and make friends.

7. Subscribe to local publications.

Keep up with local newspapers, newsletters, and other publications to learn about the town’s events, traditions, and other happenings.

8. Get active.

Join a gym, yoga class, sports league, or whatever physical activity you enjoyed before your move. Getting back into your regular exercise routine is a sure way to help you feel like yourself again. Plus, it can even lead to new friendships.

9. Ask your friends for recommendations.

You might be surprised by how many of your own friends and acquaintances have visited or lived in your new town. Take to social media to ask for recommendations for must-see places, healthcare providers, nightlife, or anything you’d like to know about your new location. They might even know people with common interests to connect you with.

10. Give yourself time.

How much time you need to feel truly at home after moving to a new town varies for everyone, but you can expect it to take anywhere between six months to two years before feeling fully settled. Continue to build new friendships and find things to love about your new city, and be on the lookout for signs of relocation depression.

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