How to avoid culture shock when moving to a new city
India is a diverse nation with each city having a culture of its own. While Mumbai has a fast paced and busy lifestyle, Pune, which is only 149.3 kms away gives immense important to balanced work-life.
While one can easily party or stay out till 11pm in Bangalore, Delhi is not considered very safe at night.
Each city has its own culture. While there are similarities, there are many differences too. When moving to a new country, how can you make sure you do not have a hard time settling in?
Here are 3 simple things that will help you adjust to your new city better
Read up about the new cityThanks to the internet, you don’t have to be clueless about your new city anymore. Everything there is to know about the city, is available on the internet.
Zomato helps you find the best restaurants in the city. Trip Advisor will help you help you find the local market, parks and garden and other places of interest. For utility services, you can find help on UrbanClap or Justdial. www.glovve.com has put together city guides for most major cities in India. You can also check out videos on YouTube about the city you are moving to.
Talk to someone already living in the cityAre you moving to the new city for a new job? You can speak to your HR or ask them to introduce you to someone already living there. Most offices these days have a ‘buddy’ system. A buddy is an employee, familiar with the office and the city, who you can talk to if you need help with anything.
If that isn’t possible, you can befriend someone on Facebook groups for people who’ve recently moved to a new city. You can also connect with someone from your network on LinkedIn who is already living in that city.
Visit the city, if possibleIf time permits and the new city isn’t too far away from your present one, it’d help to pay a visit once. It’ll give you an idea of the kind of life you should expect. Use this time to look for houses or connect with estate agents who’ll help you find a home. If you’re lucky, you might even strike some friendships with locals in the city. All of this will be of great help when you do finally shift therr permanently.
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