Whether you’re living in downtown LA, London, Paris, New York or Hong Kong, life in the city can be tough. The day to day grind of city life can take its toll with busy rush hours, thousands of excited tourists and changeable weather to contend with. Here are a few tips on how to cope with life in the city and rekindle that sparkle in your eye for these buzzing metropolises.
Ok, so you might not be familiar with this term, but basically it refers to someone who strolls through the city, observing society. In short, get out, take a stroll and get to know the city through experiencing the sights, sounds and smells that make it so exciting. It’s those little things in life! And it’s great exercise.
- Avoid Rush Hours
If you work in the city it’s hard to avoid rush hours all together, but where possible stay well away and avoid the crammed public transport and wall of traffic. It’s just one of those things about metropolitan life, but may needlessly leave you with a bad taste in the mouth about what otherwise is, a marvelous city & a fabulous opportunity to live there!
- Make Sun Days, Fun Days
If you’re living in a Northern European city like London, you’ll know that the weather can be a big disappointment. Those bright sunny days don’t come around very often in Britain, but when they do, make the most of the glorious weather and get outdoors. But just in case, always carry a light umbrella with you!
- Marvel At The Night City Lights
Any city looks different at night, and some of them have some truly stunning and iconic skylines. Get yourself a roof top view and see the city in all its twinkling glory by night.
- Expand Your Horizons
Big cities like London are brimming with ambitious people and opportunities of all shapes and sizes. Broaden your horizons, network, volunteer and take up a new hobby, sport or join in at community events – you’ll meet new people, see more of the city and have fun in the process.
- Stay Aware & Stay Safe
As you get familiar with a city, you can become less aware of what’s going on around you & take your safety for granted. Remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings, keeping belongings close to you and avoid dangerous, secluded areas, especially at night.
- Spend Money Wisely
Seems obvious, but there are never ending temptations to spend your money in cities and they’re notoriously higher priced than elsewhere. So set yourself a budget for the week/month and be sensible with your spending.
- Talk To The Locals
Big cities can, ironically, be very lonely places. The emotional benefits of taking time to connect to your local community should not be underestimated. Even just taking a dog for a walk (your own or a friends) in your local park can be a great way to meet people locally (as well as get moving & maybe even earn some money!) You don’t need to talk to everyone you meet, but putting yourself out there a bit more can help decrease that feeling of isolation. Plus, getting a little local inside knowledge on places to go, things to do will give you a different perspective on the city. Especially in a big place like London – each borough is like an entire new village to explore.
- Be A Tourist
Some of the world’s top museums, galleries and attractions are in the major cities. Take a little time out to be a tourist, experience your surroundings with fresh eyes and learn about your city’s history and culture.
- Take A Break
Life in the city can be stifling, so take a few days out for a holiday to recharge your batteries.
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