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Rental's Tips, Renter's Corner

By Amber

If you’re living in a new town, there are lots of ways to explore. Read on for ideas on how to get to know your nearby community and the city at large.

Act like a tourist
It never hurts to start at the beginning, just as anyone new to an area might. In fact, even natives could benefit from checking out resources for visitors; they might be surprised about what they’re missing! Just as a tourist would, visit online sites or brick-and-mortar bureaus that lead the way to points of interest in your new community, such as parks, museums, festivals and restaurants.  And don’t be afraid to hop on a tour bus for the full experience. You’ll soon know more than a short-term visitor, and you won’t have skipped anything on your treasure hunt.

Get up close
Whether you decide to go neighborhood by neighborhood or randomly explore, getting to know your rental community on foot is the best way to see it in detail. Though online resources can help you find the best places to eat, see art, or shop, there is nothing to match the sounds, smells and people you’ll encounter on an unhurried stroll.

Cover more ground in your scouting missions by biking or taking the bus, helping you identify the areas you want to walk through later.

Read the inside scoop
Whether it’s your town’s daily paper, weekly paper or local blogs, spend time discovering the tone and tenor of your adopted home via others’ opinions. It’s a great way to learn what the locals think about food, fun, music and current events.

Look for new approaches to learning about where you live, such as Historypin, which hosts archive photos from places around the world. Maybe your town is one of them!

Talk to people
There’s no substitute for getting information first-hand. Introduce yourself to neighbors in your rental community and pick their brains about where to go and what to see.

 Join a local hobby club, from reading to cooking. You’ll have a chance to meet long-term residents or those who are also finding their way in a new community, all while indulging a favorite passion.

Chambers of commerce and business associations are loaded with collective information and experience about your new town, and you don’t need to be a member to attend a meeting; guests are usually welcome.

Volunteering is another fantastic way to get to know your community. You’ll meet people while discovering the needs around you and finding ways to help.

Ready. Set. Explore! You only get to be new to a place once, so relish the chance to see your community with fresh eyes and an open mind.

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