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7 Tips for Living in Boston

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Boston or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Boston or thinking about moving there.

Boston, Massachusetts, is a city rich in history, culture, and innovation. It's a city that seamlessly blends the old and the new, making it an exciting place for expats and digital nomads to call home. However, like any city, it has its quirks and unique characteristics. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Boston.

1. Understand the Neighborhoods

Each neighborhood in Boston has its own unique character and charm. Back Bay is known for its Victorian brownstone homes and trendy shopping, while Beacon Hill exudes old-world charm with its cobblestone streets and historic buildings. The North End, Boston's Little Italy, is famous for its Italian restaurants and bakeries. South End is a diverse neighborhood known for its art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Understanding the different neighborhoods can help you choose where to live and spend your leisure time.

2. Embrace the Sports Culture

Boston is a sports city through and through. From the Red Sox at Fenway Park to the Celtics and Bruins at TD Garden, there's always a game to watch. Even if you're not a sports fan, it's worth going to a game just for the experience. The energy and camaraderie among Boston sports fans is something to behold.

3. Take Advantage of the Public Transportation

Boston's public transportation system, known as the "T," is extensive and relatively easy to navigate. It's a great way to get around the city, especially during rush hour when traffic can be heavy. Plus, it's a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save on parking costs, which can be quite high in Boston.

4. Explore the Local Cuisine

Boston is a foodie's paradise. From fresh seafood at Union Oyster House, America's oldest restaurant, to Italian cuisine in the North End at places like Giacomo's and Neptune Oyster, there's something for every palate. Don't forget to try a bowl of clam chowder or a lobster roll, two of Boston's signature dishes.

5. Enjoy the Outdoors

Boston is a city of parks. The Boston Common, America's oldest park, is a great place to relax, while the Boston Public Garden is home to the famous Swan Boats. The Emerald Necklace, a series of interconnected parks, offers walking and biking trails. And of course, there's the Charles River Esplanade, a popular spot for running, biking, and boating.

6. Immerse Yourself in History and Culture

As one of the oldest cities in the U.S., Boston is steeped in history. Walk the Freedom Trail to see 16 historical sites, visit the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, or explore the USS Constitution Museum. Boston is also home to world-class museums like the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. And don't forget about the city's vibrant music and theater scene, with venues like the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the American Repertory Theater.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new city is to get involved in the community. Boston has numerous opportunities for volunteering and community service. Research groups that align with your interests and get involved. Not only will you be giving back to your new community, but you'll also meet new people and make connections.

Living in Boston as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting and rewarding experience. By understanding the city's neighborhoods, embracing the sports culture, taking advantage of public transportation, exploring the local cuisine, enjoying the outdoors, immersing yourself in history and culture, and getting involved in the community, you'll be well on your way to making the most of your time in this vibrant city.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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