Three months ago I made the decision to move to Seattle. I will admit, it was on a whim. I had a job, which I quit; I didn’t have a car, so I bought one; and I skipped town. I drove out in three days and hit the ground running. To say I learned a couple of things would be a severe understatement, because moving across several time zones to a place with no friends or family is hard. It’s really hard. But I wouldn’t change a thing about my experience. Yeah, it was tough, grueling at times, but I learned so much about myself, and about others too.
Here’s a list of 5 tips that made my transition into a whole new life a little bit easier:
- Don’t settle: Never settle. On an apartment, on a job. Something will come up. In our most desperate of times we settle and that’s when we get burned. As someone who did settle, and got scorched; I can tell you it’s not worth it. Work hard everyday to find a new job that fits you, seek out apartments 24/7, put in the effort.
- Give it time: Again, no one ever said moving or starting over was easy. Everything takes time. Plan for extra time at your Airbnb until you find a good apartment. Don’t get discouraged if you’re not partying with friends on your first Friday night there. You’ll get there.
- Explore, a lot: In any new city you visit or live, you deserve the right to be a tourist. Explore everything; every nook and cranny in your neighborhood, every well known landmark, every underground jazz club. Your new city is really your first new best friend, so get to know them.
- Stick to budget: When moving, and living in a new apartment always have a budget in mind. Buying small appliances, cleaning products, and small decor items can really add up. Buy what you absolutely need first; settle in, and then invest in the other things over time.
- Put yourself out there: Making friends in a new city, isn’t easy. It takes work, but once you’re in, you’re in. Really work to become a local. Go to neighborhood lemonade stands, garage sales, or block parties. Volunteer at citywide or community events. Join an adult sports league or book club, it’s a great way to meet people; and BONUS you already have something in common.