Newcomer Tips

Getting Connected in South Georgia

Moving is not easy; adjusting to living in a new city can be painful and difficult. However, it’s also a chance to start your life in a new community and make it even better than it was before. Whatever your attitude toward the move, the fact is there are a lot of decisions that have to be made. You will more than likely need to find a new house, a new school if you have children, new job, new doctors, new friends, and new routines. Basically, everything will change.

A move can give you the chance to have a fresh start and new beginning.  Here are a few things that can help you see the brighter side of a move and appreciate your new beginning:

  • Moving means relinquishing control of all your material possessions as soon as the moving truck leaves your driveway. Remember that the most important thing in your life are the people in your life, not things.
  • Good communication is the key to making a smoother transition in a new place. Talk to your spouse about how you are feeling and be open to the needs of your children. Everyone adjusts differently to a move.
  • Remember that all the things that are old to you are new to the people that you meet. This includes your wardrobe, furniture and everything else. Now is a good time to prioritize your life, declutter and make time for what is important to you.
  • Experience your new culture by seeking out local restaurants and cultural opportunities.

To find where the locals like to eat, click here to view our Dining section. For discounts, download our FYI* Dining Guides. For Tifton Dining Guide, click here. For Valdosta Dining Guide, click here.

  • Think permanent, not temporary! Oswald Chambers once said, “Many of us refuse to grow where we are put; consequently, we take root nowhere.” Resolve to bloom where you are planted.
  • Settle in with rituals and traditions! Start a new tradition with this move, or continue with an old tradition that brings continuity to your family.
  • Moving to a new state means a LOT of changes – even to your vehicle. Visit There are quite a few documents that you will need to take with you for these changes.
  • Southern Hospitality is part of our culture. Be a good neighbor. Often, we wait for the neighbors to reach out first. Take the first step, share fresh baked cookies with your next door neighbor. This could be a great beginning to a new friendship!
  • Make sure that you have a box of essential items with you so that you have them right when you move in (including special blankets and toys).
  • Help your kids meet new friends and get involved in activities right away so they feel more settled.
  • Go exploring! Take time to find the parks and other fun things in your area.