One of the advantages of living in the U.S. is that you can move thousands of miles away without a passport. Whether it’s a new job, family situation, or just getting bored of your current location, cross country moves are an American tradition. Obviously, moving across the country is much more difficult than a local move. However, if you’re properly prepared for it, a cross country move can be an exciting part of your life. Here’s a list of what to expect if you move across the country:
Not surprisingly, moving companies will charge more for longer moves. Not only are there much higher fuel costs, but employees are usually given higher wages for travelling a further distance. Whereas a local move is often based on an hourly rate, a long distance move may be based on the weight of items you pack. Additionally, you will have to pay for your own travel to your location. Especially if you’re flying, those travel costs will be much higher than a local move. Therefore, if you decide to move across the country, you’ll need to save up for a bit longer.
Parting Ways with Possessions
If you’re doing a local move, you may be able to go back and forth between your old and new home. Taking multiple trips gives you the ability to bring everything from your old home into your new one. When you’re doing a cross country move, multiple trips won’t be an option. Since moving companies may charge by weight, you’ll want to get rid of anything you don’t need. That extra TV or old love seat doesn’t need to make the trip across the country. A couple of good ways to get rid of that extra stuff is to hold a garage sale or donate to charity.
Moving just a block away can already be stressful. With all of the additional logistics in a cross country move, the stress can go up a notch. First off, finding a place to live in unfamiliar territory can be difficult. You’ll have to use tools such as Zillow and Google Street View to familiarize yourself with the area. Even then, you may want to take a preliminary trip to your new home to scout the area. Once you’re on the move, a trip across the country can certainly be a burden. While you’re stuck in the grind of moving, just remind yourself of how excited you are about your new home!
Whether you’re moving from New York to Los Angles or Minneapolis to Nashville, the culture of your new city could be vastly different. The food, music, fashion, and general way of life will be unique from anything you’ve experienced before. At first, you may miss the cultural scene in your old city. It can be easy to try to find aspects of your new city that remind you of your previous home. However, becoming immersed in the culture of a new city is the best way to start to feel comfortable. Luckily, in any city there are plenty of different activities to get involved in where you can make new friends.
Change in Wardrobe
Anytime you move across the country, you’re going to have to mix up your wardrobe. If you move from Maine to Southern California, you’ll no longer need all that winter clothing. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you move from Florida to Minnesota, you’ll need to buy your first pair of snow boots. Either way, you’re going to need to stock up on some new clothes after you move. Otherwise, you would spend everyday being way too hot or way too cold.
No matter how excited you are to move, homesickness always sets in eventually. Although we often complain about where we used to live, the reality is that home brings a lot of comfort. As time goes by, there will be certain facets of your former city that you will miss. Whether it’s your best friend or your favorite coffee shop, there’s some aspects of your previous life you just can’t replace. The best way to get over being homesick is to explore your new city. Find what you love in your new town and you’ll be over your homesickness in no time! Plus, in today’s digital age you can always stay connected to your previous home if you need to.
Making the decision to move across the U.S. takes a major leap of faith. Although it’s the same country, life can be drastically different from city to city and especially coast to coast. Before you move, you’ll need to save up more than for a local move and get rid of any excess belongings. Once you’re settled in, take the time to get to know your new surroundings. It may be a tough adjustment at first, but moving across the country could be just the kind of change you need in your life!