Just Moved? Get to Know Your New Hometown06/16/2017 Relish Being a Tourist While You’re Settling into Your New HomeFantastic! Your household move is completed. You’re in your new home and just getting started on unpacking and putting your stuff away. That’s a lot of work, for sure. But there is yet another thing you should be doing. And the quicker you do it, the happier you’ll be. You should be getting to know your new locale.No doubt you researched where you’d be going when you first decided or first learned you had to move. Now that you’re here, though, it’s time to really get acclimated …Take a walk and explore your new neighborhood – get to know the “lay of the land,” meet and greet the neighbors, discover the nearest parks and recreation areas, calculate the shortests route to your children’s’ schools (either by foot or by car)Find the nearest businesses to meet your needs – supermarkets, shopping malls, gas stations, movie theaters coffee shops, fast food places, restaurants, libraries, bookstores, and so forthVisit the closest “Welcome Center” and pick up brochures covering local attractions that suit your fancy – art museums, historical museums (most of all those focused on local history), sports arenas, bike and walking trails, convention centers, and theaters or auditoriums devoted primarily to stage presentations, for instanceBut then, one of the speediest and easiest (if less direct and personal) ways to investigate your new community isn’t by foot or by car – it’s by way of the Internet. Google, Google Maps, Yelp, and Citysearch are a few of today’s preferred online resources for tracking down local attractions. They’ll lead 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. Personally check out the recommended places and make up your own mind whether you like them or not.Not really comfortable with the Internet or phone apps? That’s all right, just continue with actual physical exploration. That’s often the best way to get to know a place, anyhow. Getting out and about and speaking with people in person generally leaves a more dramatic impression than does picking information off a computer or phone screen. Still, the Internet can at least alert you to what’s available.Here’s another thought. If you honestly want to get acquainted with people in your new hometown, seek out local clubs and organizations that accord with your interests, your hobbies, or your worldview and join them. You might also think about 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 engage your talents. Funny thing about community service (and you just 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.