No matter your age, it's never easy being the new kid in town. A lack of familiarity in a given area can make it feel awkward, even impossible at times, to feel at home in a new place. Couple that with a limited knowledge of the local culture, and you've got yourself a rocky start in a close-knit city like Boise.
Those of us who have been here for five-to-10 years understand how much time and effort goes into building a community in the Treasure Valley. For a lot of us, those first few years were brutal. Despite our best efforts to fit in, locals were weary of the tidal wave of transplants moving to the valley. And we won't lie. A decade later, we know now what we couldn't possibly have known back then. As Idaho rapidly becomes one of the nation's best open-secrets, we hope new folks won't try to change the Gem State as we know and love her.
The tidbits of advice featured in the gallery below aren't meant to trick anyone. Will any one piece of advice make you an overnight sensation in Boise? Probably not. But if you really lean in to them, it won't take long for locals to regard you as one of their own. At the end of the day, the best we can hope for is an effort on behalf of transplants to respect how we roll.
If you're new in town, welcome, friend! Scroll on for 10 ways to make people think you belong in Boise!