“Where in the World is DeLisa?” is not only the name of my first travel blog back in 2005, but also a common question among my family and friends. This month marks another new location, Old Town, Park City, Utah. After living in cities like New York, London and Singapore, I’m settling into a picturesque mountain town.
While most people consider moving to be extremely stressful, changing physical locations always inspires me. I love a fresh start. Meeting new neighbors, learning new routes, even filling the kitchen with new local produce gives me a sense of excitement that is hard to create after years in one home. I would say that I see the glass half full, but I have no idea where to find a glass.
My 5 Tips for Fitting in Anywhere
1. Prioritize People Over Things
As the first box arrives, immediately introduce yourself to neighbors and ask for local recommendations. People like to be helpful and it opens the door for ongoing conversation. Invite neighbors in while things are in disarray. Don’t wait until everything is unpacked and perfect.
2. Become a Regular
Select a neighborhood bar or coffee shop, introduce yourself as new to town and once again ask for local advice. Remember servers’ names and visit everyday to establish a relationship. You’ll feel like a local in no time.
3. Keep Moving
Put yourself out there, literally. Take a walk, join a gym, garden in plain view. Get outside as often as possible to wave and talk to others. New friendships start somewhere and it’s usually by the mailbox.
4. Get a Haircut
Find a new stylist or barber who’s connected. You learn more about a community from one haircut than reading the paper.
5. Share Your Passion
Do you love golf, biking, cards, wine tasting, sailing, hiking or books? Find a local group to join. A new group of friends is waiting for you!