How to Acclimatize to a New City

10. Ask for recommendations

Before you move, do some research into the amenities of your new neighborhood. It can be helpful to arrive with some sense of where things are, and how to get around. Another thing you can do is ask for recommendations from new people that you meet.

Whether you consult your colleagues at work or the friendly teller at the bank, most people won’t be shy about telling you about their favorite restaurant, or what traffic is like around rush hour. Asking real people for their opinions on their neighborhood also gives you something to talk about if you ever run into them again.

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11. Give back

Another great way to get to know your neighborhood and meet people in the process is by volunteering your time with a local organization. There are always charities and non-profit organizations that are looking for eager volunteers — just pick one that aligns with your interests and get to work!

Putting effort into improving your local community will give you a sense of belonging, and will help you meet like-minded people that could eventually become friends.

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12. Don’t try and replicate past experiences

Leaving your home is always difficult. Settling in a new place becomes even harder when we seek to replicate everything that we loved about our old house or neighborhood in our new city. It’s not possible to make a clean swap, so instead of putting all your energy into pining for your old home, focus on what makes this new place so unique and interesting.

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The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.