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When moving to a new town, what are the first things you do?

I seek out all the cool places to eat, then places to hike or take in outdoor activities, after that find a few shops and maybe a yoga studio.

How do you go about learning your new environment?

By Akfishlady8
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Are you asking because you will move for your new job?

Lukian Level 8 May 9, 2018

Find the nearest Target.


I used to find where the kids would go to school, the shopping areas, scope out the restaurants, check out the local attractions. I've been in Omaha for 15 years (in 4 different homes) and I've almost forgotten what it is like to be new in town.


On July 31st, 2017, I moved to the richer part of town, "The Garden of The Gods." (GoG) I then went on a walk a day later after getting aquainted to the facility. I came back from my walk only to have my new boss call me in for work a day earlier than I said I would be available. I was bored anyway. I still have not gotten around much of this area. I only have been down to Safeway down one way, and by my place on the Garden of The Gods Road. I do know my way around the North Academy area now and Austin Bluffs. My friend drives me to Wal-Mart and around the shopping areas there. The Chapel Hills Mall is there too. Best Buy, restaurants, my gym. etc... Everything is near me within a 15 minute drive by car, or a 15 minute ride by the bus. The bus system is right by my work store. I walk 10 minutes to work everyday. The 7-11 and other stores and food places are near by too. Dutch Bros and Sonic are close too. I take 2 buses to get to my college as well. I know the route.


Last July I began my move from Maryland to Idaho. Before I left I got on google maps and found points of interest along my route & around where I was going to live. I tried to find restaurants I like, landmarks unique to this area and places to do shopping. It took me a while to learn the ins and outs of the area; eventually, you have to turn off the navigation and just wing it.

Squirrel Level 7 May 8, 2018

Thrift shops - for inexpensive treasures to brighten my home - knowing my few dollars will go to someone in more need than I

VLove Level 4 May 8, 2018

I seek out the music venues, then pubs (often the same places) and bars, then eateries. From that small beginning, the rest will follow. Perhaps.


Go visit any and all weird shit. []

vita Level 7 May 8, 2018

@Akfishlady Somehow... I've never visited that site before.

@vita Thanks for sharing smile001.gif


I do a lot of research first. Before I even step foot in the new location. Maps and understanding my bearings are always high on the list and know where the basics are hospital, grocery shopping, utilities, library, gas stations, Costco, Sprouts - all that is done before I arrive. The rest I discover day to day.

BeeHappy Level 9 May 8, 2018

Costco and Sprouts for me too.


Check out the local music scene and see who is looking for a guitarist.... that means bars and restaurants... .. where is the best pizza?

blzjz Level 6 May 8, 2018

Buy a map and stick it on the wall.

jeffy Level 7 May 8, 2018

I'm moving to a new town in a few weeks - it's about 175 miles away, same state.
Been there three times to hang out, chat with shop owners, hit a coffee shop with live music.....generally mill about and talk to the People.
I'm pretty outgoing and friendly when I want to be so meeting folks isn't difficult.


Get friendly with the locals who already know where the good things are, and over time explore things yourself to find what it has to offer. You may have special interests in nature, or a sport, or arts, and see things the locals take for granted or do not notice. Yes, Aunt Martha's Bakery over there has the best bread and pastries in the State, but they got used to it and no longer point it out. But maybe it will be a treasure for you!


The first thing I do is make my house a home -- to feel like I'm on vacation every day so that when I come home after a busy day, I immediately start decompressing. Then I look for meetups, farmers markets, and cultural activities/events that might be worth attending.


There's only two things I check when moving in a new city, nearest airport and nearest hospital. The rest can present themselves as the need arises.


The best bar with live music and the best places to eat.

Sticks48 Level 9 May 8, 2018

Find the nearest Publix.

KKGator Level 9 May 8, 2018

@Akfishlady Premier grocery chain in the Southeast.

@Akfishlady Nope. It's a shame you have to miss out.


get the kitchen and living room in some sort of order


Get my fishing license and gun permit then move in and unpack.

Marine Level 8 May 8, 2018
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