It can be hard to move away from your home, whether you are going away to college, moving out of your parents’ house to a new city, or moving across the country from your friends and family, you will no doubt experience some homesickness. Hopefully these few tips will help you appreciate and enjoy your new surroundings, and help you love where you are instead of longing for somewhere else.
Get out and explore
The first thing you should do is check out your surroundings. There are lots of things to see and do no matter where you are. Everything is new to you. Take a drive and enjoy the scenery. Check out local eateries and visit all of the local attractions that you can. One of the most exciting things is that even though you are totally out of the element you knew, you are just now discovering your new element. Yes, you had that favorite restaurant at your old location. You had your favorite place to go think, favorite activity, favorite store. But now you have a chance to discover all new favorite places. So try them all and make new memories. You will have new favorites before you know it.
Meet New People
You will need friends at your new location. This will make the transition much easier. You will need someone here to talk to and to do things with. So get out and meet people. Talk to people that you work with or go to school with. Introduce yourself to your neighbors. Join a church or a gym. Find like-minded people and you will feel right at home.
Learn About Your Location
Odds are, you knew a lot about the history of your former location. Take an interest in your new location. Visit a local museum, read some local books, even check out the visitor’s center. You might uncover some great old stories to share with your family and old friends.
Get Involved In Your New Community
Show an interest and show that you care. Do some volunteer work at a soup kitchen or shelter. Read to kids at the library. Volunteer at the historical society. Doing something for the community will make you feel good about yourself. Seeing other’s volunteering will make you feel good about your neighbors. You may learn something about the place that you live, and you will probably make some new friends while you are at it.
Keep In Touch
Don’t forget about your family and your old friends. You miss them, so call them. Talk to them. Go back and visit when you can. It will make you feel better just to talk to them. Don’t forget to share pictures of your new location or send some postcards. Let them know you are ok and enjoying yourself. All of you will feel better after you’ve talked.
It’s not always easy to move away from the place you’ve always called home, but you can enjoy where you move to, and soon it will feel like home, too.