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5 (Mostly Free) Ways to Get To Know Your City

5 Ways to Get To Know Your City

5 Ways to Get To Know Your City
Moving to Seattle was difficult. While I absolutely love the city, it's always a bit hard moving to a new city: where are the best places to go after work? Which restaurant has the best comfort food? How do you take the bus to the awesome neighborhood where your new friends live? Whether you're moving to a new city or ready to get to know your hometown even better, here are five ways to get to know your city.

1. Stay Yes

First and foremost, you need to be willing to say yes to things as they come up. Your apartment building is hosting a holiday party? Say yes. Your office is offering a happy hour or tickets to a local sporting event? Say yes. The nice lady down the street works at a food kitchen and is looking for volunteers for one weekend? Say yes!
Cost – free!

2. Take A Walking Tour

While I love hop-on / hop-off buses, they are usually only available in bigger cities. Walking tours, on the other hand, can be done anywhere. You have two options – either pay for a tour (like the Seattle Underground tour) or look up one of the plenty of itineraries available online for your city.
Cost – free!

3. Be willing to get lost

This is something that is difficult for me because I like to have a plan. But I've found that one of the best ways to get to know a new city is being willing to drive around the city, take different buses, and walk along different streets. This is exactly how I found my favorite park in Seattle.
Cost – free!

4. Make a bucket list

Making a bucket list is my favorite way to get to know a new city. Not only does it encourage you to research your new city online, but also to talk to new people and ask for suggestions. My favorite resource for my Seattle bucket list? My hair salon! When I mentioned I was new in town, every stylist wrote down their favorite places and things to do on index cards for me.
Cost – free!

5. Take A Cooking & Wine Pairing Class

If you're anything like me, you like to eat your way through a new city. Eating out all the time, however, can really hit your wallet, so I prefer to learn how to cook meals that are either native to the city or have a heavy influence on the city. I highly suggest taking a cooking class that offers a local wine pairing so you can really taste the region. I LOVED the cooking class that I took through Hipcooks that featured Anew Wines. You can read about my Hipcooks cooking class experience here.

What are your favorite ways to get to know a city?

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Nicole is a treasure hunter and pup mama located in Seattle, Washington. Loves travel, politics, lifestyle, TV, & wine. She's an unapologetic SJW & feminist AF.

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  • love all of these ideas! I am actually in the middle of updating my Taipei bucket list – crazy to think it’s been a year since I moved. hope you enjoy exploring your new city :)

  • I love these ideas! I moved to Wales recently to study and have been focusing on trying to get out and explore before really becoming the expert of experts on my new home : )

  • saying yes is seriously so important. i’m so quick to say no, which is probably why i still don’t really know the city i live in and have done for almost 5 years lol.

  • “Say Yes” definitely makes a big difference! We’ve been living in our city for a year and I know there’s so much we still need to get out and see for the first time.

  • I love all of these, especially getting lost. We try to “get lost” at least once when we are somewhere new, you never know what you will find.

  • Getting lost is definitely my favourite! Sometimes it’s taking the path less travelled and ending up totally lost and finding little hidden gems :)

  • I like getting lost on occasion. I’ve also found that the “say yes” thing is the easiest one to do that allows you to meet new people and do things you probably wouldn’t do otherwise. I also think that something people should do, if they don’t know people, is consider going on and find a group of interest. It’s actually how I met two of my best friends in South Korea. Your blog is lovely!