Dealing with the hardest parts of moving city
Moving to a different city can be very exciting, but there's no denying that it can be tough uprooting your life and adjusting to the rhythm of a different area.
If you're getting ready to move to a brand new city, here are a few things it pays to be prepared for.
It's natural to feel a little bit disconnected from your friends and family back home once you move away. However, the distance between you doesn't have to be insurmountable.
Feelings of homesickness can be particularly common when you have no support network in the new area, but it can be alleviated in part by keeping up close connections with the friends and family you leave behind.
Consider setting up regular dates for contacting your family back home. If you've got a busy schedule throughout the week then setting aside some time to reconnect with your friends and family can be really helpful.
"Making new friends in your area is crucial to settling in comfortably. Join in on any social events at your work and consider joining book clubs or other similar groups to help you meet new people with the same interests."
Whether it's a simple phone call, regular emails or a video chat, keeping in touch with your loved ones back home can help you feel more supported in your new home.
Finding your bearings
One of the hardest parts of moving to any new city is getting to know your way around. Particularly in the first few days, navigating unfamiliar streets can be very frustrating.
However, once you settle into a regular routine you'll soon find that you'll start to know your way around the streets like the locals - and in the meantime, there's plenty of maps and GPS applications on your smartphone available!
Luckily, many of Mantra's holiday apartments in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and other areas around Australia are located centrally for greater convenience. Plus, when you Live@Mantra for a month or more you'll get a welcome pack of groceries to help make your first week in a new location easier.
Making social connections
Making new friends in your area is crucial to settling in comfortably. Join in on any social events at your work and consider joining book clubs or other similar groups to help you meet new people with the same interests.