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4 Tips for Exploring Your New City

Have you ever considered moving to Canada? Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From national parks to the Rocky Mountains to expansive lakes to the rugged Canadian shield, Canada is a photographer's dream! Canada has a booming job market and has the 10th largest economy in the world. The cost of living is high due to rising housing costs - St. Albert real estate is more cost-effective than Toronto. The further you get from downtown, the lower these prices go. If you decide to move to a new city, below are tips on how to explore your new city. 

Allow yourself to get lost

Sometimes getting lost in a new city can be just what you need. Instead of looking at it as a potentially devastating situation, try looking at it as an opportunity to hone skills that are important to everyone. Get out a map, learn how to read it, ask someone for directions. Look at being lost as an opportunity to test your problem-solving skills. You’ll not only figure out how to get back on the right track but doing so on your own will leave you feeling like you accomplished something.

Talk to strangers

While visiting those tourist spots, try and talk to locals to get their point of view for interesting things to do in that city. You may definitely find hidden gems or an amazing restaurant/bar. The perfect people to talk to are baristas, bartenders, and restaurant wait staff. They tend to be less intimidating and are used to fielding a ton of casual questions from people anyway. If you are a regular at a coffee shop or restaurant, it’s worth actually checking out one of their recommendations so you can go back to them and share your impressions. 

Be a tourist

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a tourist and visiting the touristy things in your new city. Don’t ignore the busy attractions. There is always a reason those places are busy. After walking and exploring the streets of your city, be sure to experience it from the top. Try a segway tour, bike tour, or even a helicopter ride over your new city, or go to the top of the highest building or to a viewpoint at the highest level to get a panoramic view. 

Be spontaneous

If you suddenly have the urge to do something a bit out of the ordinary, don’t question it. Be spontaneous! Picking up new skills actually slows cognitive aging. Perhaps you've always been interested in jewelry making, pottery, or photography. Enroll in classes or head out for a hands-on session. So if you've been meaning to do it, why not do it now? Trying something new never gets old.

David 'Master Pogi' D'Angelo
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