How to Say Goodbye to a City You Love

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The physical process of moving is stressful enough, but what do you do when you absolutely love where you’re living but have decided to say goodbye for practical reasons (i.e. to save money, start school, move near family or a significant other)? For me, I absolutely loved living in New York City, but decided that grad school was the right time to explore someplace new, so off to Philly I went! While saying goodbye will never be 100 percent seamless, I thought I’d share a few things you can do to make your transition from one city to another a bit easier.

Check off your city bucket list: During my last week of work, a friend and I went on several city adventures which included: trying the famous 40 Carrots frozen yogurt at Bloomingdales, stocking up on candy at Dylan’s Candy Bar (I swore my huge bag would last me until my move–news flash: it did not), and taking the tram from Midtown to Roosevelt Island (definitely a bit scary but provided awesome views). All of these were things I had been meaning to do for awhile (well, I’d been to Dylan’s many times, but who can say no to candy?) and it was fun to break up the work week with little excursions. Another friend and I spent a Sunday picking up fancy macarons, going to brunch, trying out a new pizza place near my apartment, and watching a cheesy movie about Will & Kate on Netflix (talk about treating yourself–if only every Sunday could be that decadent!).

Throw a goodbye get together: Moving means saying bye to friends and coworkers, and while it’s difficult to make plans with a bunch of different people, group get togethers can be a fun way to introduce old friends to new friends. I ended up having a small get together at my apartment on one of my last Saturdays in the city, and it was fun to bring together girls I had interned with during college, friends from school and work, friends from high school who ended up in the city, friends’ roommates, and more. Hosting such an event is a nice way to see a bunch of different faces at once, but it’s also a great way to reciprocate for past invitations before you physically part ways with friends.

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Remember you can always visit: While I attended grad school in Philadelphia and was therefore very close to NYC, I didn’t have the money to take trips up every month (remember that even if you find cheap train or bus tickets and a friend to crash with, you’ll still be spending money on meals out, “must have” souvenirs, happy hours with former coworkers, etc). However, visiting only on special occasions made my trips to the city that much more fun. I honestly found that as much as I enjoyed myself when I visited the city and caught up with my friends, I wasn’t bitter about having to head back to Philly–rather it was nice to have a little “oasis” to visit when times at school got tough.

What are your tips on saying goodbye to a favorite city?

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