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7 Tips for Living in Perth

By Betsy Burlingame

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

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

Perth, is a charming city that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. It's a great place for expats and digital nomads to call home, but like any new place, it can take some time to adjust. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in Perth.

1. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Perth is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. The city centre is bustling with shops, restaurants, and historic sites, while the North Inch and South Inch areas offer beautiful parks and open spaces. Craigie is a popular residential area with a mix of traditional and modern homes. Spend some time exploring each neighborhood to find the one that feels like home to you.

2. Embrace the Local Cuisine

Scotland is known for its hearty and delicious food, and Perth is no exception. Be sure to try local specialties like haggis, neeps and tatties, and Cullen skink. There are plenty of great restaurants in Perth where you can sample these dishes. For a fine dining experience, visit 63 Tay Street, which offers a menu of locally sourced Scottish cuisine. For a more casual meal, The Bothy is a traditional Scottish restaurant with a cozy, rustic atmosphere.

3. Take Advantage of the Great Outdoors

Perth is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, from the River Tay to the nearby hills and forests. Take advantage of the many outdoor activities available, such as hiking, cycling, and fishing. Kinnoull Hill is a popular spot for hiking, offering panoramic views of the city and the surrounding countryside. The North Inch and South Inch parks are also great places to enjoy a leisurely walk or picnic.

4. Immerse Yourself in the Culture

Perth has a rich history and vibrant cultural scene. Visit the Perth Museum and Art Gallery to learn about the city's past and see works by local artists. The Perth Concert Hall hosts a variety of performances, from classical music to contemporary dance. And don't miss the annual Perth Festival of the Arts, a ten-day celebration of music, theatre, and visual arts.

5. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new place is to get involved in the community. There are many opportunities to volunteer in Perth, from helping out at local events to supporting charities. Research groups and organizations that align with your interests and get involved. Not only will you be making a positive contribution to your new community, but you'll also meet new people and make friends.

6. Learn the Local Lingo

While English is spoken in Perth, you'll also hear a lot of Scottish slang. Learning some of these local phrases can help you feel more at home and make it easier to communicate with locals. For example, "aye" means yes, "wee" means small, and "bonnie" means beautiful. Don't be afraid to ask if you don't understand something - most people will be happy to explain.

7. Embrace the Scottish Lifestyle

Life in Scotland can be different from what you're used to, but embracing these differences can make your time in Perth more enjoyable. For example, the Scottish are known for their love of sports, particularly football and rugby. Try to catch a game at McDiarmid Park, home of the local football team, St Johnstone FC. The Scottish are also known for their friendly and welcoming nature, so don't hesitate to strike up a conversation with locals.

Living in Perth, Scotland, as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding and enriching experience. By getting to know the neighborhoods, embracing the local cuisine and culture, taking advantage of the great outdoors, getting involved in the community, learning the local lingo, and embracing the Scottish lifestyle, you'll soon feel right at home.

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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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