(Closed) Relocation Stories and Tips

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I recently took a new job and relocated. It’s not the most dramatic relocation, but it’s big for me, I’m bad with change- I am in the same state, but went from living/working in an awesome beach town to living near NYC and working an hour from my new apartment, in what is quite honestly a very redneck town. Both home and work are VERY different from what I was used to.

For me, the commute has been the hardest- I went from a 15 minute commute to one that takes nearly two hours in traffic, which is frequent. So my first piece of advice is, if you haven’t found a place to live yet, get one that’s close!

The other thing is you should force yourself to make the new place home quickly. I’m still only an hour from my old town, so I find that I tend to rely on it still. I still make drives back to the mall there, I still like to buy food in certain grocery stores, and for various other reasons I wind up going ‘home’ a lot. So it gets frustrating because I feel like I’m not establishing myself in the new place- I’ve barely figured out how to get my laundry done here lol. That has really not helped me settle in so don’t do what I did!

Good luck and let us know how things go!

Post # 5
46419 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My ex used to get transferred every year. The one key message I would have is that you are the one who needs new friends. The people living there already have friends, so the onus is on you to take the iniative to reach out to people.

Get involved in your new city. Find volunteer work, join a book club, join a professional association or Toastmasters if appropriate, join a meetup group for activities you like to do- they are not all for singles.

Invite people out or over for coffee or ask a neighbour to join you for a walk.

Many cities have a welcome wagon type organization. Be a tourist in your new town.

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