Survival Tips for moving to a Big City for the first time

Moving from a small town to the big city can be an intimidating and scary process. We’ve gathered a few tips to make your move as painless and stress free as possible. 

Research before you move. It is important to understand the culture you are joining. Start your research online and find out about neighborhoods, weather, parking,public transportation and even grocery stores. Chat with your neighbors, it is always a good idea to start on the right foot and believe me, they will share all the neighborhood secretes in no time! 
Navigating through traffic can be a challenge. Some of the main roads become jam packed, so prepare a secondary option through small neighborhood streets that can cut down your time stuck behind the wheel. Make sure to check the local traffic laws as they can vary from state to state and always lookout for bikers as they can pop out of nowhere! 
Parking can be a nightmare (it doesn’t have to be). Use an app like Best Parking to look for options nearby and don’t forget to download the local parking mobile app that allows you to pay for parking directly from your phone. 
If you are using public transportation, most big cities have an app for Subway/Bus schedules and live updates for any delays. This will be handy especially in the cold winter months. 
It will take some adjusting, no doubt, but you can make the most out of it by listening to  an audiobook or just enjoying a cup of coffee on the go with your favorite playlist. 
The quick grocery shop stop won’t be that quick anymore! Find the closest store and try to run errands and shop during off hours. 
Quick tip: if you struggle finding fresh and tasty produce, try visiting your local farmers market on the weekends. You won’t regret it! 

Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend to check it for you. You will likely have a lot less space than what you are used to, so it’s important to be creative and use every nook and cranny you have! For inspiration, check out our Instagram feed for some fab ideas! 

 Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like drivers licenses, car insurance, renters insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved. Meeting people in a big city can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: city life is often too noisy and hectic. Take the initiative and talk to them. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Don’t forget to try something new, there is plenty to chose from. Volunteer. Big cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

Mind your wallet. City life is expensive. Everything costs more: food, insurance, clothes, rent. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.Living in the city comes with quite a few challenges, but If you prepare, adjusting will be seamless and stress free. Get ready to enjoy the endless opportunities ahead of you! 

 M & R