Just Moved? Get Familiar with Your New City06/16/2017 Relish Being a Tourist While You’re Settling into Your New HomeAt last! Your household move is completed. You’re in your new home and just getting around to unpacking and putting everything away. That’s a lot to tackle, for sure. But there is yet another thing you should be doing. And the sooner you do it, the happier you’ll be. You should be getting to know your new hometown.One would hope you looked into where you’d be going when you first set your mind or first learned you had to move. Now that you’re here, though, it’s time to really adapt …Take a walk and explore your new neighborhood – get to know the “lay of the land,” meet and greet the neighbors, locate the nearest parks and recreation areas, determine the quickest route to your children’s’ schools (either by foot or by car)Find the closest businesses to meet your needs – supermarkets, shopping malls, gas stations, movie theaters coffee shops, fast food places, restaurants, libraries, bookstores, and so forthVisit the closest “Welcome Center” and pick up brochures highlighting local attractions that appeal to you – art museums, historical museums (particularly those that illuminate local history), sports arenas, bike and walking trails, convention centers, and theaters or auditoriums that offer stage presentations, for exampleThen again, one of the speediest and easiest (if less direct and personal) ways to research your new community isn’t by foot or by car – it’s by way of the Internet. Google, Google Maps, Yelp, and Citysearch are among today’s most used online resources for tracking down local attractions. They’ll lead you to^pinpoint}78} all the most popular gathering places your community has to offer. Don’t just take the word of online reviews, though. Go to the recommended places and make your own determination as to whether you like them or not.Not really comfortable with the Internet or phone apps? That’s fine, just stay with actual physical exploration. That’s usually the best way to get familiar with a place, anyhow. Getting out and about and talking with people in person generally leaves a more dramatic impression than does picking information off a computer or phone screen. Still, the Internet can at least alert you to what’s out there.Here’s another thought. If you truly want to get acquainted with people in your new hometown, seek out local clubs and organizations that coincide with your interests, your hobbies, or your worldview and join them. You might also think about involving yourself in some sort of local community service, making yourself useful to the school system, daycare centers, nursing homes, homeless shelters, rescue missions, government agencies, or whatever might best engage your talents. Funny thing about community service (and you intuitively know it’s true!): what you give to the community has a way “giving back” to you. And one day soon you’ll start feeling that your new hometown is home indeed and you’re a tourist there no more.