Mingling with the new neighborhood and building new relationships with strangers is one of the daunting tasks for individuals moving into a new town. The experience of meeting entirely new people can be quite nerve-wracking. Finding places such as the grocery shop that is close to your residence may be pretty overwhelming. Below are tips that you can apply to help you settle in faster in your town.
1.Throwing a housewarming party is a perfect idea
Consider hosting a house-warming party and invite your potential new friends together with the old ones if they are available. Hosting such party can provide you with the quickest way of getting to know people in the neighborhood. It is not bad manners idea to visit your new neighbors’ house and invite them to your house-warming party. Do not limit the number of guests invited to your house-warming party. Even if the friend comes to your party uninvited, received them with a good heart and got to know each other. House-warming parties are the most fun ways of making friends from the streets. Go ahead and invite parents you met in your children’s school. You can ask the invited visitors to come with a card written fun places to hang out in town, and this saves them from spending money on expensive gifts.
2.Acquaint yourself with the lay of the land
Getting to know places from where you can purchase essential commodities is important. You need to make an effort to know places such as the coffee shop, the grocery shop, and any other place from where you will be doing your regular shopping. Below are ways with which you can use to get to know the lay of the new land properly.
• Use the internet: this is the obvious way to get to know your new town. Best places for eating, movies, hanging out among others can be located by the use of Yelp, Google Maps, and Citysearch applications. You will also be given the customer reviews of the places you will have selected. The internet is the best place when settling in a new location.
• Ask for directions from people living around: ask your new neighbors for advice. It might be one of the ways of making new friends in your new town. Take them out for dinner or a cup of coffee and let them take to the best place in the city. Another way is to create a Google Doc and invite the few people you are familiar with to share their knowledge about the new town. A lot of people may end up joining, adding their favorite eating joints and other fun activities to do in town.
3.Get out and make friends
You will not familiarize yourself with the new town by just sitting on the couch and watching movies. You will have to move out and find activities to do with other people in the neighborhood. Find people with whom you share hobbies and build long-lasting friendships. Activities such as video gaming, watching movies, and sports can help you win new friends from your new neighborhood. The following activities can help you to get new friends living in your new area:
• Join a new club or a social group in your new locality: get yourself involved in clubs or social activities in your new town to make new friends. Participating in such activities make you feel like part of the community. Find local groups on social media platforms and request to be added. Social clubs such as salsa dancing clubs, mountain climbing are some of the avenues to make new friends. You may be forced to do some of your old hobbies you used to like before moving to the new locality. You can be assured of meeting individuals with common interests as yours.
• Meet friends of friends: if you are lucky to have already made one or two friends from your new neighborhood, accept any invitation to hang out with their buddies. You might be fortunate to find a person that you have much in common. You can also go ahead and invite your friends’ friends out to dinner and from there you can expand your friends’ network.
4.Act like a tourist
Treat the process of moving into your new town as a tourism destination. As already mentioned, research in the library and arm yourself with the latest map of your new city. You can also visit the bookshop and ask for the city’s guidebooks if they are available. The plan can help you to learn new routes that may help you evade traffic or reach home quickly.
5.Participate in volunteers activities
You can create time and volunteer for school activities in the school your children attend. Through such activities, you may know better the school your children attend and the kind of challenges they go through while in school. Research online non-profit organizations within the town where you can take part in volunteer activities as part of learning the new town. Participating in community services help you in socializing with new people and in the process you will be able to build new relationships. Taking part in volunteer works is one of the best ways of creating meaningful new ties with the community. Volunteer jobs can also be found in the local community gardens, church, schools, and online.
6.Read local newspapers and any other publications
You will be able to get the scoop of your new town by reading the local paper and any other periodical publications being sold. Such publications can also be come across on the internet. Find the websites of these newspapers and arm yourself with knowledge concerning your new town.
7.You should prefer walking to driving
Relying entirely on your smartphone to learn the new town can be very tricky. Using your smartphone to learn the new city can take longer time than walking around and see things for yourself. Consider walking around the town during the first couple of months to master the town much faster. Walking around a town you are not familiar with will force you to pay maximum attention, thus, making the learning process quick. Moving by walking through the city is not an easy task, but can never disappoint. Plan carefully for your walk in the town to get rid of anxiety and fear that may arise.
8.Always say yes to an invitation within your neighborhood
Most probably your new friend will invite you to an activity that is not your favorite. Do no turn down such invitations even if they will force you to go out of your comfort zone. Take every person you meet, any activity you come across as your scene partner and embrace it without hesitating. You may feel out of place, but just do whatever it takes to get to know people in the neighborhood. You may help yourself get out of your comfort zone by coaching yourself each week to try out something new. Take your dog out for a walk in the park within the neighborhood that is crowded by pet owners and interact.
9.Do not spend much of your effort trying to win friends
You don’t need to stress about settling in your new town. You will have to find time for yourself at home. Settling in your new city will not happen in a fortnight, it will take some time. You need to find a chance to relax at your home place. Even if you do not settle into your new routine quickly, do not let it torture you, it is perfectly reasonable to learn slowly. Don’t expect magic to happen within your first week of moving into your new town. In whatever efforts you put in, remember to have a positive attitude and keep the faith that it will finally come to succeed.