Our world is always changing, especially the cities we live in. For centuries, historians have used an atlas to learn all about the different aspects of an area. When moving long distance, it is important to always be aware of where you are going and how you plan on getting there. Moving to an area that one is not familiar with is a difficult experience, whether it be a different city or even across the country. Long distance moving is in general a lengthy experience, but using your atlas to move can make the experience more smooth and enjoyable.
An atlas is a large book of geographical maps and charts which show many different attributes of an area of land. These include topography, landscape, political boundaries, and geographical boundaries. The use of an atlas goes way beyond the need for a map – an atlas also offers statistics on an area’s climate, as well as the social, economic, religious, and overall quality of life in a general area. Using an atlas while moving definitely does benefit in terms of learning your new home’s geography, but it also gives an insight into the lifestyle as well. Before you take off for your new home, take a look in an atlas. Learn about what the majority religions are and where those religious buildings are located and look at the economic status of your neighbourhood vs. the rest of the city. As well, learning the demographics of the area will help you gain a better understanding of your new surroundings. Regardless of whether you’re moving a few cities away or to the other side of the country, culture shock is often a symptom of a long distance move. Culture shock often stems from the unknown, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Many of the answers are found in an atlas. Your atlas deserves to be studied and not just glanced over, it will benefit your family in the long term as it makes adjusting to your new home just a little bit easier.
It is easy to neglect the long term while moving. Finding the right van line company, loading your belongings onto trucks, and sending them to your new home takes first priority, and rightfully so. The preparation for moving is one of the biggest obstacles and many people forget that preparation goes past packing.
Take a look inside an atlas, and follow these 4 steps to searching all about your new home:
- Look at the political boundaries – practical knowledge of streets and city lines will prove beneficial once you reach your destination
- Understand the topography – the topography details both the natural and artificial features of an area in a physical sense
- Climate statistics – climate helps define an area, and will also gives you a heads up in terms of how to dress and which activities to take part in and when, once you’re all moved in
Socioeconomic status – a city can be largely defined by its economic status and this affects every citizen whether it be more affluent or more working class, this knowledge will also help in understanding a city’s services and amenities.