When we got married I moved to the area my husband grew up. It is only about 45 minutes from where I grew up but I don't know the area, AT ALL! I have been trying to learn the area but I work near where I grew up so generally I'll just do what I need to do at lunch. This weekend the hubs and I were going on a grocery trip (Aldi's, Whole Foods and Shoprite) two of the three stores were about 45 minutes away from us. On the way I had the hubs check on his Blackberry to see if there was an Aldi closer to us and there was! We ended up going there then to a smaller local health food store, then to my Shoprite (yes its mine); the three stores were right in a line and it only took about 15 minutes of driving to get there. Its a small thing but it made me so happy to find places so close to my house.
The next step would be to condense my shopping trips so I only need to hit one of those stores each week or to make it an every other week trip. Although I might want to get out of the house once a week. We'll see how it goes once the twins arrive.
I do think that learning the area will be something that I will really focus on when I'm home full time. Just knowing the resources around me will help me to make the most of them.