The following article is a guest post.
As someone who spent their teenage years and early adulthood traversing the open, quiet expanse of suburban life, with occasional jaunts out into the timeless countryside of Victoria, the city was always a magical opus of culture.
Not to say it was unreachable, or that I didn’t go into urban exploration mode any time I could. However, there is always something fascinatingly otherworldly about the size and scope of a bustling city.
With that in mind, I could have never anticipated the change that came with finally making that transition into full-time city dweller.
So, to ensure that your scenic switch-up goes smoother than my own, here’s a few pointers to help you on your way!
A Clean Cut.
Before you can start setting up your new life, you need to ensure that all loose ends have been taken care of in your previous abode.
While there are services like Whizz bond cleaner that can certainly be useful with the bigger picture, it’s your job to ensure that nothing’s getting left behind once you leave for good.
I had mail being sent to my previous home for months after I left, which was not at all pleasant for my apartment’s new residents, or for the sad sap who wasn’t getting any of his bills or birthday cards.
It may seem like a silly mistake, but it’s one of many problematic slipups that everyone I know has made at least once.
In the suburbs, you likely have access to an abundance of supermarkets, stalls and shops where you can get everything you need to survive at a relatively reasonable price. While scrimping and saving will definitely help you through the city-dwelling experience, many people are unprepared for how expensive all of their necessities can become in comparison.
To avoid this, spend your first few days of free time marking out the best places to get what you need, as there is sure to be places that are a little less costly than the usual amble.
It can definitely take a considerable amount of effort at first, but once you map out your little network of cafes, bakeries and marketplaces, you’ll be happy that you did.
While you may have a vague understanding of the areas around where you’re moving to, this is not always the full acclimatisation you might think. That’s because you’re likely looking for different things in a residence than a destination.
You might know the name of every bar, venue and skate park within a 5km radius off by heart, but when it comes to thinking about good cafes, affordable transport and other pleasantries that can endear you to a place, many people don’t have a clue.
Ensure that you’re taking into account the daily benefits of your surrounding areas before settling on a new abode.
You may be 5 minutes away from your fortnightly bar night, but if you don’t know where to get your breakfast, it can be a rough introduction.
Don’t forget to get travel insurance. I’d recommend one from WorldNomads.com. You can buy at home or while traveling, and claim online from anywhere in the world.
Get Into a Routine.
One thing that cities have that is often different to cul de sacs and suburbia at large is an overabundance of choice.
Where do you go for supplies when there are 15 supermarkets within walking distance? When do you sleep when there’s always something new and exciting happening right outside your door?
While these may seem like trivial concerns (because they are), it’s good to regiment yourself to an extent, especially if you have never been in a position to do it before.
Always remember, while things may be difficult at first, traveling out on your own into an environment you have not previously called your own can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life, so why not enjoy it?
You have a new world to explore, and the first step into acclimatising yourself to it is simply to explore what it has to offer you.