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7 Tips to Get You Outside in Your New City

Moving to a new city can be an exciting and daunting idea. Whether you’re moving for work, school, family, or just a change in scenery, the outdoors is never too far away.

By: Julian Spina + Save to a List

There are some very important things that I have learned moving out west from New York that have allowed my love for nature to not only continue but to grow. 

1. Do Your Research

We live in a time where you can access worlds of information at your fingertips, so why not use it.  You can start planning trips from your new home before you even get there, I found that this made me excited to get to my new home rather than focusing on the nerves or what I was leaving behind. 

2. Expect the Unexpected

I know it sounds cliché but you have to be able to adjust and think on your feet. You can read as much as you want online, in books, or listen to friends, but until you actually get there, you won’t be able to feel the vibe and energy of your new home. 

3. Enjoy the Positives, Avoid the Negatives

In any situation as well as in a city, there could be downsides. To overcome these, you need to look for all of the positives your new city has to offer. For some places these will be relatively easy to see but for others you might have to search a little harder. It can be as simple as finding a coffee shop that has an essence that matches your personality, or as grand as exploring all of the nooks and crannies of your favorite parts of town and the nature that surrounds.

4. Reconnect With Friends and Family

For me this was the tip that probably helped me the most. The people you know are a great resource to show you all of the best things in the area. They were most likely new to the area once too, so they can point you in the right direction. And it never hurts to have adventure buddies!

5. Join a Club

In a new city it can be hard to find people that enjoy the same activities as you but joining a club or gym your interested in can help make connections. Whether it’s a climbing gym, a yoga studio, or a ski club, you’ll be surrounded by people who share your passions.

6. Embrace New Adventures

Your new city isn’t the only thing that may be new. The way of life could be totally different that what your used to but this lets you see things in a whole new perspective. You can put all of your skills to use and you can learn new ones!

7. Don't Hesitate to Explore Alone

At the end of the day you’ll always have yourself, so don’t be afraid to go out and enjoy things solo!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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