Although exciting, moving homes is admittedly overwhelming. It’s not just because of the logistics nightmare that happens almost all the time or the hidden costs along the way; it’s also the fact that such a change isn’t just a change in address, but a change in life. This is especially true for Filipinos moving from the provinces to the city. Nonetheless, there are many ways to survive, nay, thrive in this transition. If you’re planning to get out of your small town to pursue a career or go to your dream university, here are some tips to help you adjust better to your new life:

1. Dedicate a tour day

The more that you become familiar with your area, the better you’d feel at home and the less you’d feel like an outsider. Hence, after you get settled in, roam around the city. Plan an itinerary so that you can better maximize your time. Go online and search for nearby top restaurants and cafes around the vicinity. See if there are museums and libraries close to your place as well. Usually, in big cities, such as Pasig and Makati, such establishments are just a ten-minute drive away from each other. If you’re still looking for a place to stay, though, prioritize then the location. You want to be near commercial and cultural spots, which offer avenues for your interests. Consider the condominiums in Ortigas. This location allows you to be near prime establishments in the metro.

2. Befriend the locals

Friends enjoying their lunchYou feel more comfortable in a big city when you get to know the locals. Thus, don’t just drop by at the cat cafe you see on your tour day, spend time at the place. Make your face familiar to the baristas. Engage in small talk with them. Ask them for advice on how you can get from one place to another. Of course, don’t forget your very own neighbors, too. Smile at them when you see them in your condo lobby. Hold elevators for them. Perhaps, help them in carrying grocery bags. Observe proper etiquette as well: using shared areas responsibly, following the trash collection schedule, keeping the noise to a minimum, etc. Participate in community gatherings as well. Attend those condo association meetings. If you could join a volunteer group in your locale or a church, that would be good for your sanity. The bottom line is that you maximize opportunities to interact with people.

3. Spend your money wisely

A lot of people who are new to the city get overwhelmed with so much stuff available any time everywhere. It’s tempting to go on a shopping spree on clothes, especially if there’s a sale in the mall near your condo. It’s hard to hold off on spending when a really nice restaurant is just a five-minute walk away from your home. Still, try your best to control spending. Money is the root of many city life woes. Remember that you have a lot on your plate, a career to grow, a college degree to finish, or a spouse to support, so don’t add a chunk of issues in that already-filled plate. Be wise in handling your money. Have a budget and stick to it.

It’s tough moving from a small province to a big city. It’s an absolute change in lifestyle. But you’ll be able to adjust eventually. Remember the mentioned tips as you start your city life.