Many of us have moved short distances, but sometimes a new job or other opportunity requires us to move to a completely different part of the country, or even to another country entirely. These moves require a little more planning than your typical move across town.
Long-distance moves are generally more costly than shorter moves. If you’re driving, the fuel costs are higher, you may need to stay in hotels for several nights, and you’ll be eating out every day. If you’re traveling overseas, the cost to transport your belongings can be exorbitant. The farther away you’re moving, the more sense it makes to really pare your possessions down to the bare essentials; it will save on packing time as well.
You may also have storage expenses if you can’t take everything you own with you. Fortunately, affordable long-term storage plans are available at mini-storage facilities. Mini-storage companies can be found in nearly every city, and offer a safe and stress-free solution to what to do with your things.
Long-distance moves can be especially hard on families. Married couples may be separated temporarily, and you may not see other loved again for some time. Spend as much time together as you can before you leave, and make plans to visit one another as soon as you can.
Moving can be hard on children, so be sure to spend lots of time helping them prepare emotionally. Try to help them view the move as an exciting new adventure, but remember that change can be frightening to young children, so be sensitive to their feelings.
Moving to a country where you don’t speak the language and aren’t familiar with the customs can be particularly stressful. Spend as time as you can at the library or online doing research to help make the transition smoother.
Long-distance moves can be frightening, expensive, anxiety-inducing, and exhausting to orchestrate, but they also present exciting new opportunities. Contact the Chamber of Commerce or other municipal agency in your new home to find some fun activities and interesting attractions to explore once you’re settled in.