Feel Like a Local: How to Get Acquainted in a Brand New City

Moving to a new city can be a daunting task with a touch of fear and anticipation to boot. Ease your fear and get out and about.  It's time to get acquainted with your new home.  There are several ways you can learn more about your new surroundings.

Invite your friends on Facebook to chime in on the "best places to go," pick up a new hobby, or revive an old one. Take different modes of transportation on the weekend.  Try the bus, ride your bike, or grab an Uber ride. Use your AAA discount with Uber and enjoy $20 off your first ride. It's hard to beat a day of walking aimlessly around, either.  You may find a hidden treasure.  

Even if coffee is not your thing, the local coffee shop can be a great resource for making new friends and finding out the local happenings. You can always drink a hot tea or hot chocolate, or skip the hot drink and go for a pastry.  Make friends with the Barista. They usually have a good idea of the cool things to do.  Check out online reviews for everything from the best restaurants to the trendiest hair stylists. Your hairstylist or barber can be one of the best resources for what is going on around town. 

Charity work is a wonderful way to meet generous and kind people.  Check out your local charities. Are you an animal person?  Most animal shelters are in need of volunteers.  Feeding the homeless can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend your free time.  Look online for the closest soup kitchens and offer your help.  Helping others can put a smile on your face and help you make new friends. 

Take a local cooking or pottery class that you've been meaning to try.  Starting new hobbies or reviving old ones can be great opportunities to learn new skills while making new acquaintances.  Join a church or local sports league.  Be a part of your new community.

One of the best parts of making new acquaintances is inviting your new friends over. Hosting get-togethers at your great new place can be just as fun as exploring. Make sure everything's in tip-top shape, and contact your AAA insurance agent to make sure you have the right coverage for your new home.


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