While fantasizing about picking up, packing up, and starting a whole new life can be fun, it’s a completely different world when it’s time to put the plan in motion. In the months before moving, I skimmed a ton of different blog posts (such as some from Chelsea Dinen – she regularly posts awesome and relatable content) and pinned a ton of articles on Pinterest. I had no idea what would happen or what to expect, which was both terrifying and exciting at the same time. If you’re planning a major move to another city, state, or country (EEK!), here are 7 things I learned along the way.
- Do your research ahead of time: If you do not have a job lined up in your new hometown, it would be wise to look at the types of available jobs that are relevant to your education and experience. Same with rent and property costs. Browse sites such as Indeed and Glassdoor to get an idea of thejobs and average salaries in that city/state. For housing, sites such as Craigslist, Zillow, and Hot Pads are good resources for getting an estimate on whether you can live “solo dolo” or have to play nice with a roommate.
- Network your butt off: Before you set off on this adventure, connect with old college friends, LinkedIn connections, or business acquaintances. While this is extremely helpful for the potential job search, it’s also nice to know someone you can hit up for happy hour.
- Sell, sell, and sell some more: Parting with my DVD sets of Gossip Girl and Newlyweds broke my heart but it was more than necessary (and way overdue… THANK YOU NETFLIX). Sell anything that does not have sentimental value, is too expensive/big to ship, and can be easily replaced. Shipping fees can get pretty obnoxious and checking extra bags/boxes on a plane can be just as costly.
- Save that cash: Cut corners wherever you can, whether it’s skipping the salon and doing your own mani or ditching that daily grande iced latte at Starbucks. Keep a spending diary or download an app to help you save without much effort, such as Digit.
- But invest in essentials: Ok, I know I literally just said to save and I meant it, I really did. But investing in quality travel essentials is worth parting with a few of those dolla-dolla bills. For months leading up to my move, I watched different department store and luggage sites for sales on durable suitcase sets. I wanted a set of at least 3 (1 carry on, 1 medium size, and 1 large size) that would get me through moving, as well as through the next 5-7 years of bicoastal travels. Also, a bright colored passport holder, a squishy travel pillow, and a TSA Pre-Check subscription are all pretty bomb as well.
- Stay up-to-date: Make sure all contact information is up-to-date, such as your LinkedIn profile, magazine subscriptions, and the address associated with your bills/bank cards. I recently received a notice from the Onondaga County Jury Duty Committee (or whatever it’s called, I totally just made that up) stating that I am currently a “delinquent” because I have not answered a survey… that I never received.
- Believe in yourself: Out of all of the steps I just listed, this might be the hardest one for some people, as it was for me. Making a big life change and leaving your “bubble” is scary at any age. I created a vision board, pinned inspirational quotes on Pinterest, and told myself everyday to “relax, everything always works out”. And it did. I’m currently working at a company I love with amazing people, I’ve met a variety of unique individuals I now call friends, and there’s no shortage of places to explore. Do I miss things about home? Of course, I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t. But ultimately, if you ever have the chance to go somewhere new and experience something different, whether it’s for a short time or a long time – do it. Life is too short to look back and wish you did something. Who cares if it doesn’t work out? At least you tried!
If you could move anywhere, where would you go? Leave a comment down below!