Guest Post By: Kelly Korb
I’m currently a few weeks into my 3rd travel assignment and it is by far my favorite so far, in terms of access to virtually anything I’m in the mood for. Downtown is about 15 minutes away, two malls are less than 30 minutes away, and I’m steps (yes, you heard me correctly) steps away from a nearby Starbucks! Navigating a new area can be a bit daunting, but here’s what I’ve discovered to be very helpful.
Do your research:
Ahead of time, I mean. Before I move to a new place, I Google map my address and search for things nearby and how long they’ll take me to get there. I really like shopping, so I always try to see if a mall is nearby. (I also map the hospital I’m working at!) Search for restaurants, hiking trails; whatever you’re in the mood for!
Your new co-workers are a great resource for getting to know what’s around. Chances are, they have a few good recommendations to explore and for a great place to catch a good bite to eat. Know ahead of time what your interests are, and ask around. Everywhere I’ve been so far, my co-workers are very willing to share their #1 picks.
Yep, you heard me. Pick a day and just explore. No GPS, no maps, nothing! I’ve done this every time I’ve traveled so far, and I have discovered some great finds just by getting lost. Just recently actually, I ended up going in the completely wrong direction, but the views were absolutely gorgeous that I really didn’t mind! Just be wary of sudden stops, one-way signs, that sort of thing.
So there you have it. Happy exploring! ?