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Old 10-05-08, 12:26 AM   #1
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Moving long distance - Got any advice?

I've decided to take a new direction in my life and will be moving a considerable distance in a few months. Hawaii is the current hot spot; other worldwide locations will follow.

What advice do you guys have on moving such vast distances and restarting a life in a new culture and perhaps government? I plan on selling nearly everything I own. I'm really trying to simplify and just live a fun, adventurous life.

Please help?
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Old 10-05-08, 12:58 AM   #2
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If you move around, not having crap makes life much easier. I've lived an entire year out of one suitcase, and when I moved to my current location 12 years ago, I carried all my worldly possessions on my person.

The trick to living well is to just keep an open mind and go with the flow.
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Old 10-05-08, 01:04 AM   #3
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As someone who has lived all over the world I can say pack light and bring the things you truly feel you can't live without.
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Like he said. The wife and I moved from Colorado to the Republic of South Africa for three years with nothing but two suit-cases apiece. Even with a lot more money I would still do the same. You can buy more stuff just about anywhere you go. We carried even less when we returned. In three moves Stateside we used a U-haul truck because it was cheaper to rent the truck then to buy more stuff at the other end. Move around a lot while you are young. If you want a spouse find one that is attracted to memories and ideas not tons of stuff and one, fixed location.
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+1. Sell or give away everything.
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Don't be in the position of shipping large items to or from Hawaii. There are only one or two companies that do this, and they are shameless in what they will charge you. Plus - there's a decent chance you won't get everything you ship with them.
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My one tip is that you are well aware of your emotions along the way and that you don't try to suppress them. I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but just remain aware of the fact that whenever you move, the excitement is also mixed in with quiet a bit of stress (not knowing where the closest grocery store is, not knowing where to get ___). So, be easy on yourself the first few weeks and don't get discouraged even if going gets tough.
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Oh yeah, and it's also worth mentioning to make sure you're moving for the right reasons. I know when I lived in Africa, too many people moved there to escape something from their previous life in North America or Europe, just to find themselves in a very similar situation overseas. Remember that you will always be you, regardless or where you live.
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find something that will help you network quickly (school, job, sport, etc).
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Oh yeah, and it's also worth mentioning to make sure you're moving for the right reasons. I know when I lived in Africa, too many people moved there to escape something from their previous life in North America or Europe, just to find themselves in a very similar situation overseas. Remember that you will always be you, regardless or where you live.
This is exactly why I can't stand Florida.
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Having moved 2,400 miles and starting over this past spring...I'll offer a few thoughts.

Get rid of as many things as you think you can part with.....then get rid of a few more. The less you have to move initially and more importantly if things go a little rough in your new location the better off you'll be. Unless you already have family and/or friends in Hawaii (which is expensive to live in btw)... you should expect that you'll have to get into the mindset of all work and very little play. To start over from scratch means that you have to sacrifice in the short term to have your move/relocation be successful.

Do lots of research on cost of living, job listings and housing/rentals before you get there. You'll be able to budget better for the first few months until you get on your feet.

Finally, as mentioned previously, realize that you will feel some stress and anxiety no mater how confident you think you are. This is OK...not everything will go exactly as you plan. Be flexible and just focus on not making any big mistakes the first three or four months your there. Also don't unpack anything you don't absolutely need for a few months. It gives you more flexibility to adapt to anything that might come up.

I'm about to relocate again for the second time in 9 months. This time I'm again moving out of state, but it's to go back to school at 39 and pursue my new life goals. I'm excited, anxious and a good bit stresses all at once, but it's ultimately a really good move and will work out for the best.

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My one tip is that you are well aware of your emotions along the way and that you don't try to suppress them. I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but just remain aware of the fact that whenever you move, the excitement is also mixed in with quiet a bit of stress (not knowing where the closest grocery store is, not knowing where to get ___). So, be easy on yourself the first few weeks and don't get discouraged even if going gets tough.
Ahh yes -- be aware of the phases you will go through. For the first couple months when you first arrive in a new place, everything is exciting and fun. Around months 4-6, you'll notice the warts of the place and won't have been around long enough to enjoy it the way people there do. The natural reaction is a mixture of depression, homesickness, and thinking things are stupid. As you get more competent wherever you are (normally months 8-12), it gets more fun and exciting again. The cycle can repeat more than once, but the first turn is usually the hardest.

I've experienced it myself and see it in many others.
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