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12 Ways To Make Any New City Your Home

It takes time to make a new place feel like home sweet home. State Farm® is here to help you adjust to your new locale.

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1. Get a lay of the land.

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The best way to get your sense of direction is to get lost! Wander around, and you never know what adventures might come about. Soon enough, you'll feel like a local!

2. Learn the history.

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Did you know that New York used to be called "New Amsterdam"? Learning the history of any place can help you become more knowledgable and aware of your sense of place.

3. Learn to talk the talk.

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It's never fun to feel like a foreigner. Language is an essential component of getting acquainted with a new place. If you want to feel like a true native, take a language class so you can feel included.

4. Become a regular somewhere.

Finding a new regular spot can make you instantly feel like a local. Plus, you never know who you'll meet over your next latte.
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Finding a new regular spot can make you instantly feel like a local. Plus, you never know who you'll meet over your next latte.

5. Seize opportunities and say yes!

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Openness leaves you available for fun adventures! Say yes to things that come your way; you never know where it might lead you next.

6. Get a taste of the local culture.

Most vibrant cities have no shortage of food festivals, food trucks, and amazing restaurants. Make a foodie bucket list and explore your new city while also satisfying your appetite!
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Most vibrant cities have no shortage of food festivals, food trucks, and amazing restaurants. Make a foodie bucket list and explore your new city while also satisfying your appetite!

7. Take a class that interests you.

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Expanding your knowledge while meeting other like-minded intellectuals is a smart way to transition to your new city and learn a thing or two! It's also a great way to meet like-minded people beyond just co-workers and roommates.

8. Maximize the "me time."

Don’t wait for anyone else to explore with — go on an adventure by yourself once in a while, and you’ll end up meeting new people along the way!
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Don’t wait for anyone else to explore with — go on an adventure by yourself once in a while, and you’ll end up meeting new people along the way!

9. Volunteer for a cause that you support.

Almost every city has strong volunteer initiatives, always looking for helping hands to get involved. Look up your local volunteer organization to find out which cause you'd like to help support.
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Almost every city has strong volunteer initiatives, always looking for helping hands to get involved. Look up your local volunteer organization to find out which cause you'd like to help support.

10. Pick up some new hobbies that'll enable you to meet new people.

Bowling, drawing, cycling, bird watching... you name it! New hobbies and activities are a great venue for meeting new people with shared interests. Most cities have fun intramural leagues that are open to new members.
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Bowling, drawing, cycling, bird watching... you name it! New hobbies and activities are a great venue for meeting new people with shared interests. Most cities have fun intramural leagues that are open to new members.

11. Scope out the local markets.

Most urban areas have farmers/food markets with delicious local fare. Check them out to better understand your new city's flavor.
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Most urban areas have farmers/food markets with delicious local fare. Check them out to better understand your new city's flavor.

12. Build a nice home that you enjoy returning to at the end of the day.

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Moving to a new place can be challenging at first — make sure your home is your ultimate refuge. At the end of the day, returning to your happy place should bring you instant joy!

Like a good neighbor, State Farm® is there to help you adjust to your new environment.