Moving to a new city can be a new beginning for you and your family. As you look at the New Year, it’s a fun time to set goals for how you’ll explore your new city. Here are some suggestions for how you can make the most of the next year as a new resident.

Try a New Cuisine

When you move to a new city, it’s a great opportunity to try a new type of food. Ask a local and see what kinds of meals are traditional to the area.  Look at Yelp or Trip Advisor to see what restaurants have the best ratings. If you want to have some fun with it, write your own reviews when you try new places. Not only will it be a fun way for you to keep track of your favorite restaurants, it will help others who are new or traveling through the area.

Pick Up a New Hobby

Trying new things can be a great way to get to know a city and meet new people. If you have an exceptionally beautiful golf course in your town, go to the driving range or take a golf lesson. If you live near a body of water, try paddle boarding, fishing or kayaking. If you live in a place with beautiful parks or caves – try hiking or spelunking.


Learn about the needs in your new community and volunteer to help. You can start with a national organization like Red Cross to get started or talk to your Chamber of Commerce to see which local organizations do really great work in the community.

Listen to Local Music

Check out the local music scene by hitting up some live music on the weekends. It’s always interesting to see what kind of music is being created in your area and it might open your interests to different genres.

Shop Local

With the ease of the Internet shopping, buying local has lost some of its luster. Even though it might cost you a little bit more time, buying local can really help support your local economy, offer you new insight into local art and help you meet new people in the community. Challenge yourself to buy something local once a month, even if it’s going out to dinner locally instead of driving over to another city.

Do you have any other bucket list ideas for living in a new city? If so, please leave a comment below and Coleman would love to add them to this list.