So you’ve landed that dream job you’ve been working so hard towards since graduating college? Congratulations! It’s a great position and the pay is good too. There’s only one hitch. You live in Bournemouth and the job is in London. Looks like it’s time to start planning that move to the big city, stat.
Moving to a new city can be a nerve-wracking experience for many. The impact is even bigger if it’s your first time living in such a busy and congested area. Luckily for you, with the right preparation and a few handy tips that we share below, you can transition into the new life a lot easier.
Do your research
The first (and probably the most important) thing you need to do before moving to a new city is to find out what to expect when you get there. What does the city’s transport system look like? Where are the libraries? Will you be living nearby a gym? And grocery stores…?
A good place to fetch this information is the traveler’s guide books and the web resources for tourists and visitors. List down all the important information in a notebook and use it anytime you feel lost or stuck while in your new territory.
Start preparing early
The mistake most people make when moving out is waiting until the last minute to start packing their belongings. The result is overwhelming, needless stress, and even missed items and deadlines. To make the whole process a success, avoid procrastinating on packing and getting your things in order. Where possible, create a checklist to ensure you do not leave behind anything important including your documents, personal items, or electronics.
As part of your preparations, look for bags and boxes that you can use to safely pack your contents. If you’re low on budget and want to cut costs, consider sourcing for cardboard boxes from local grocery stores or bookstores. Most will be happy to give you usable boxes for free. Where necessary, label those that contain sensitive items to ensure they are given special attention during relocation.
Organize a send-off party
A send-off party is a great way to celebrate the good times you’ve spent with your family and friends. It can also serve as a launch party for the new phase of life that you’re about to begin. And no, you don’t even need to complicate things especially if you’re rushing against time or don’t have a big budget to throw away. All you need is to prepare a few favorite dishes and drinks or hire an inexpensive party planner to help you with the event.
During the party, you can share your new address with the attendees in case they would like to visit you someday in the future. You could also request them to be updating you on what’s happening back there through social media or even physical letters.
Install a map on your phone
When you’re new in a city, the last thing you want is to let people know that you don’t know your way around and are possibly stranded. This makes you an easy target for the shady characters and petty thieves especially if your new city is notorious for such.
To avoid giving yourself away easily, install a map on your phone and use it to get directions to various parts of the city. Google Maps which is a free mobile app will probably be a good place to start. You may also consider purchasing other alternatives if you want more detailed information like public transportation routes and street inserts.
Get your budget right
City life can be quite expensive, and as such, you might want to readjust your current budget if you’re coming from the countryside or smaller towns. Do not take for granted anything that costs you money as even the smallest of things like drinking water and parking fees can add up quite fast.
Start with the essential needs such as food, gas, and rent before thinking about social activities, new clothing, and anything else that can wait. If you’re relocating to a big city in the US like Washington, NYC, etc, renting a fully furnished apartment will probably be a wise decision to help you buy time as you learn more about the new environment. You won’t have to worry about buying a bed for your first night – or about shipping all your dishware. Showing up to a completely equipped and move-in ready place helps make you feel like a local right away.
Take things easy
Moving to a new environment, let alone a busy city is often hard. For most people, it takes weeks or even months to get fully settled. So don’t stress yourself too much if things are not going at your ideal pace. Instead, focus on settling down, exploring and learning your new place, and enjoying the perks that come with city life.
What else are you doing to transition faster into city life? We’d love to hear your from you in the comments below!