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Let’s be honest: moving can be stressful. But, it also can be exhilarating, especially as you begin acclimating to your new surroundings.

Whether you’re heading across town or to a new state, here are a few helpful tips for dealing with what most newcomers consider to be the two biggest sources of strain: knowing where to go and meeting new people.

Knowing where to go:

• Get the App(s) For That: As with everything these days, some of the most helpful information is at your fingertips, literally. Use your smart phone to access a variety of applications that can help familiarize you with your new city. One sure-fire source of help is a mobile app called AroundMe that can point you in the right direction when you need a gas station or grocery store and don’t know where to turn.

• Check into the CVB: So you have the lay of the land. Now, it’s time to enjoy it. Conventions and visitors bureaus (CVBs) are organizations that work to bring both business and leisure travelers to the city. As such, they specialize in knowing the latest and greatest along with the tried and true. Though your visit will not be so temporary, the CVB is a great place to turn to better understand the things to do, places to eat, upcoming events, all of the fun happenings and best businesses in your new hometown.

Meeting new people:

• Pick up an Activity: Making friends in a new city can be incredibly intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A variety of hobby-based social groups serve as a great way to get to know your neighbors in a casual setting. Join a kickball or softball team to get active with your new social circle. Seeking something more low-key? Try an art class or book club. These groups make for a fun and approachable why to meet new people while connecting over common interests.

• Tap Your Network: For an even easier “in” to a new group of friends, seek a local chapter of an organization to which you already belong. Check into your professional groups, university alumni association or non-profit affiliates to meet others who share similar backgrounds and passions that you do.

Most important of all, relax and have fun in your new neighborhood. You’ll feel at home in no time.

(Editor’s Note: Andy Warren is President of Maracay Homes, the Arizona subsidiary of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company.)

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