Just Moved? Get to Know Your New Locale06/16/2017 Relish Being a Tourist While You’re Settling into Your New HomeAwright! Your household move is done. You’re in your new home and starting to get your possessions unpacked and stowed where you want them. That’s a lot of work, for sure. But there is yet another thing you should be doing. And the sooner you do it, the more contented you’ll be. You should be getting to know your new locale.Certainly you researched where you’d be going when you first set your mind or first discovered 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 nearby parks and recreation areas, determine the shortests route to your children’s’ schools (either by foot or by car)Find the closest businesses to satisfy your needs – supermarkets, shopping malls, gas stations, movie theaters coffee shops, fast food places, restaurants, libraries, bookstores, and so onVisit the closest “Welcome Center” and get hold of brochures highlighting local attractions that resonate with you – art museums, historical museums (certainly those focused on local history), sports arenas, bike and walking trails, convention centers, and theaters or auditoriums devoted primarily to stage presentations, for instanceThen again, one of the fastest and easiest (if less authentic and personal) ways to learn about your new community isn’t by foot or by car – it’s by way of the Internet. Google, Google Maps, Yelp, and Citysearch are some of today’s most used online resources for uncovering local attractions. They’ll direct 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. Visit the recommended places and decide for yourself whether you like them or not.Not really at ease with the Internet or phone apps? That’s no problem, just stay with actual physical exploration. That’s usually the best way to get acquainted with a place, anyhow. Getting out and about and chatting with people in person generally leaves a more memorable impression than does picking information off a computer or phone screen. Still, the Internet can at least show you what’s available.Here’s another thought. If you honestly want to get acquainted with people in your new hometown, look for local clubs and organizations that reflect your interests, your hobbies, or your worldview and join them. You might also consider involving yourself in one or another local community service, making yourself useful to the school system, daycare centers, nursing homes, homeless shelters, rescue missions, government agencies, or whatever might best suit your talents. Funny thing about community service (and you instinctively 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.