Written by a Guest Blogger from the UK
If you’re moving from the city to a life in the ‘burbs, you may be in for a challenge. After all, leaving the glamour of a fast-paced metropolis for the quiet and lush suburbs can be quite a culture shock.
Surviving in the ‘burbs can be done with style and grace if you know what steps to take to acclimate. Here are a few tips to embrace your new locale.
Change Your Transportation Plan
One of the biggest shocks for city-dwellers-turned-suburbanites is how spread out less populated areas can be. In most suburban areas you can’t just lace up your trainers and run down to the corner coffee shop. There’s also no tube, and black cabs are few and far between.
Running errands and commuting to work could be time consuming and expensive — that’s why a good majority of rural residents drive themselves (gasp!). If you’re a lifelong townie, that means you’ll have to learn new roads and new regulations, and strategically plan out your commute. It’s time to get your driver’ license and master the rules of the road.
Meet New People
Smaller areas offer a slower pace than metro areas, and one big benefit to that is a great sense of community. Most suburbs offer a variety of recreational and outdoor activities where residents can socialize, network, and get to know the neighborhoods.
Look for people who like what you like. Discover the places where you’ll feel most at home, including the nearest church, coffee shop, and local pub. Even the smallest ‘burbs have fitness gyms, which you may want to join since you won’t be walking nearly as much as you did in the concrete jungle.
Just as you were a proud townie, find pride in your new rural-scape. Most suburban areas in the UK were formed in the 1930s and ‘40s, and have distinct architecture and an allure all their own. Each area is unique, and many of the residents make a point of buying and selling locally.
Get to know your new home, read up on the local history, and shop local goods. Visit the independently-owned stores and the charity shops — all of these locales will help you get a feel for what makes your new home special.
Though the transition may be jarring, moving to the outskirts can be an enjoyable experience if you take the proper steps toward acclimating. Moving out of the city does not mean that life as you know it will end. The city will still be there when you want it.
You might not be able to take the city out of the girl, but with a little help, you may find that she has a little room in her heart for the suburbs as well!