I’ve moved multiple times in the past three years. To Wellington, New Zealand. To Shenzhen, China. To Atlanta. To Athens (Georgia, not Greece).

As someone who never stays in one place very long, travels, and seeks out new cities to move to, let me just say … moving sucks. Big time.

Yes, I’m still borderline obsessed with moving to new places. It doesn’t make any sense to me, either.

I get super pumped about finding a new city, sometimes even a new country, to explore. Then I actually move to the place, and all I can think is, “Yikes, this is lonely. I just want to go home.” So why do I keep doing this?

Because it’s always worth it. Always.

Maybe you’re gathering up the courage to branch out and explore a new place. Or maybe you’re moving for a job, college, or family.

Regardless, moving is never easy. Here are a few thoughts about how to transition into your brand new life in your brand new city.

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1. Sign up for Meetup

How do we meet people as adults?

That was a real question. All tips are welcome.

Here’s a tip from me, though: Meetup.

Meetup is a free website you can join to meet people and get involved in activities that interest you.


If you want people to join you on a jog, at a restaurant, for a night of dancing, or for a book club, you can probably find it on Meetup.

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Running a 10k in Wellington, New Zealand

2. Start Working Out

Exercising is a good way to get out of the house, whether you decide to take up running or join a gym. Working out can also help you feel good about yourself when you’re probably at a vulnerable stage of your life.

3. Try Local Food

Discovering local restaurants and cuisine is my favorite way to experience a city. In Athens, Georgia, I’ve realized I have endless eateries at my disposal, and I cannot describe how happy that makes me!

Treat yourself to lunch at a cute cafe every once in a while. Take a new acquaintance, or even just a new book.

4. Pass Out Resumes

If you’re looking for a job, don’t just apply online. Hand out resumes in person. Or, if you’ve applied online, walk into the office and introduce yourself.

I know that sounds old-fashioned and lame, but it worked for me in Athens. I got a job at the first place I applied, and I’m pretty sure that is solely because I walked in and introduced myself.

I’ve also seen this tactic work numerous times when I’ve been the employee and seen potential workers come in and present their resumes to my bosses.

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Athens, Georgia

5. Explore Your City

Think about how you enjoy spending your time, then seek out opportunities in your new city.

Peruse local bookstores. Go hiking. Go clubbing. Whatever makes you happy, find a way to enjoy it there!

6. Make a Bucket List

When you’re at a loss for what to do, consult your Bucket List. I definitely recommend writing one of these lists if you’ve moved to a city as a means of traveling.

I was super serious about crossing things off my Bucket List in New Zealand. I had things such as Learn to Kayak, Visit the South Island, and Maintain a Blog on my list. These activities really helped me fill my days off work, especially if my friends had to work.

Most importantly, while I was creating it, I realized what things were the most important to me. I discovered what my priorities were for living in New Zealand.

7. Start a Personal Project

If you’re still searching for a job, friends, and, ya know, a purpose … consider tackling one of those personal projects you’ve had in the back of your mind for months.

Start writing your novel. Learn to play violin. Create a photo montage that takes up an entire wall of your new bedroom.

Currently, my personal project is to get back into studying French.

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Work event in Shenzhen, China

8. Attend Work/School Events

If your college or your office throws a Christmas party, go to it. Don’t hide in your room. Get out there, meet people, and network over a beer. I know, I love relaxing on my couch as much as the next person. But go to your office party!