Hi guys! Enjoy this guest post from Holly! xoxoxox, Kayla
Job-hunting isn’t all about the job. If you’re looking into relocating for an awesome work opportunity, you also have to take the area into consideration.
If you’re a music lover, you’re going to want a good local music scene and places for you to go see shows. If you’re an adventurer, you’re going to want to know how close you are to mountains and hiking trails. Take everything into consideration when you’re relocating!
Find places to indulge in your interests
You have to be able to enjoy more than just your job when you’re moving. Go for a visit to where you’ll be moving and just drive or walk around the area. Get a feel for what the location is like. Is there a particular neighborhood that looks like it’ll be perfect for you? Is there a place with a bunch of cool bars and clubs that you want to live close to, but maybe not right beside? Scope these things out. The best way to see if you’re going to like this place is to experience it for yourself.
The Internet is your friend. Google things to do in the city and the surrounding area to see the possibilities for day trips. Getting out of the city and kayaking in a mountain stream could be exactly what you need to recharge after a long workweek.
When all else fails, talk to locals. They know firsthand what there is to do in the area. They’re your best resource for all the little local places you wouldn’t think to check out.
Work out your transport options
This might be the last thing on your mind, but if you’re planning on keeping your car, you should look into your options. It’s important to consider parking at your new home and when you’re out, along with gas prices and insurance premiums in the local area, especially if you’re moving to a new city or state. You don’t want the cost of owning a car to outweigh the convenience of being able to use it.
While some cities have awesome public transportation systems, many cities are absolutely terrible. Knoxville, Tennessee, for example, only has 25 percent of its jobs accessible via public transit in 90 minutes. With stats like that, you’re going to want to keep your car handy.
Although reports are suggesting that millennials are attracted to cities for their car-free lifestyle, it can be great idea to keep a car if you’re planning on lots of trips home or weekend adventures. It’s inconvenient to try finding a ride or to pay for a bus to get where you want to go. If you’re looking at hiking and exploring remote spots, there might not be any other way to get you close.
Give back to your new community
Look for volunteer opportunities so you can help a cause that you love and give back to the community. Offer to take dogs from the local shelter to play at the park. See if there’s a program for taking city kids out for a hiking trip in the mountains or camping in the forest. Look for a volunteer opportunity that coincides with something you love to do so you can give back and enjoy yourself at the same time.
Check the local newspapers and town website if there is one and see what’s being done to help improve the community. Take the initiative to get involved in the movement and offer your services. This is a great way for you to met new people as well!
Find your inner extrovert
Try an online service to find people with similar interests or to locate information on clubs and activities available for you to join. See if there are events on community sites like Citysocializer or Meetup. Plan to go to local clubs and bars and see what kind of people are in the area. It can be lonely going to a new place where you don’t know any people. You know you’ll stay in touch with your friends from home and lean on them as your support group, but you’ll want to get out there and develop new relationships.
Try something new
Think of something you’ve always wanted to try, but never had the opportunity because of where you lived. Find some new adventures to take on.
Is there a skydiving center nearby? Is there a beach where you could learn how to surf? This is the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter of your life with an event you’re always going to remember.
Find the right place to call home
You have no clue how long you’re going to be here. You don’t know if this is the place where you’ll put your roots, or if you’ll be somewhere else in a couple of years. Don’t jump into buying your dream home unless you’re 100 percent sure that it’s where you’re going to stay for the rest of your life. Find an epic apartment instead, or a house that’s for rent. It can still be the perfect place for you – just not one you’ll be in forever.
Make sure you consider all aspects of your relocation. You want to find a place that really speaks to you and that you’ll be happy to call home. The job may be why you’re looking into this new city, but you should make sure to find a location that you fall in love with.
Holly Whitman is a freelance writer and journalist, originally from the UK but now based in Washington DC. You can find her on Twitter at @hollykwhitman and more of her writing on her blog, Only Slightly Biased
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