Sometimes moves take us hundreds of miles from our hometown-to new states, countries, or even continents. These moves are harder to plan for, and require a bit more work to pull off successfully.
Be prepared to spend more when you’re moving a long distance. Budget carefully, and start saving early. If you’ll be traveling by plane, look for a price-matching deal that will allow you to purchase your tickets early, but save money if airfares should decrease before your flight. Refundable tickets are a wise choice, in case your plans should change.
If your move is only temporary, or if you have things that you can’t get rid of but can’t fit into your new home either, public storage provides a great solution. Take the time to find out as much as you can about the public storage companies in your area, and search for the best price. Since you won’t be there to keep an eye on things, make sure to choose a company with a good security system.
Family relationships are another major consideration when moving far away. Will you be leaving your support system behind? Or perhaps you’re getting married and moving closer to a whole new set of relatives. Either way, there will be lots of adjustments to make, and your phone bill may increase dramatically.
Moving can seem very scary to young children. Your local library or bookstore should have books to help children address their feelings and prepare themselves for the change. Make reading these books together a daily ritual.
If you find yourself moving to a new country, the transition will be easier if you learn as much as you can about local customs before arriving. If the language spoken in your new home is not your own, you might want to consider taking a course to help you learn at least the fundamentals.
Giving yourself plenty of time to prepare for your long-distance move will help make the transition smoother for everyone concerned.