Whenever you move to a new city, there are adjustments that need to be made. Your favourite local pub is now two hours so you need to find a new one. The grocery store chain you frequent might not have a location in your new city. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you adjust.
- Find your go-to take-out restaurant.
On nights that I don’t want to cook dinner pizza or Chinese food are my go-tos. Don’t be afraid to try the different places in your city. The Dominos or Pizza Hut in your new town might not be that great or they might even have a secret gem. For example, when I lived in Collingwood, there was a 241 Pizza (it sadly is gone now) and they made some of the best pizza. Try every place at least once, if you don’t like it, you never have to go there again.
2. Check store closing times.
I’ll never forget when my husband and I first moved to Hamilton and we learned that not all WalMarts close at the same time. It was maybe 9:30pm and we needed to pick up a few things after moving and figured WalMart would be open til 11:00pm, like it was back home. We were wrong; it closed at 9:00pm and we had to drive home empty handed. Most stores might still be the same, but it doesn’t hurt to double check.
3. GPSs are your friend.
I’m directionally challenged. If people tell me to turn north, I ask them, right or left; north means nothing to me. This means that I get lost easily. My GPS helped me find the grocery store, my bank and the nearest McDonald’s. Also, there is no limit on how long you can use your GPS. I lived in Hamilton for 3 months and used the GPS every time I went grocery shopping, the one-way streets were confusing. Also, some GPS apps now help you find the “shortcuts that only locals know”, so use them so you can become a local faster.
If you stay in your house and don’t get out, you’ll run the risk of getting homesick for your old home. Enjoy your new location, see what small local shops are around, try a new restaurant, be tourist for a weekend in your new home.
5. Get involved
Join the local gym, take an art class, volunteer. This way you get to make new friends and you will become more connected to your city.
This is just a basic list and I’m sure many of you have your own tips and tricks. Share your tips and tricks with the Beg Brothers Family by commenting below.