Whether you’re moving a few towns away or to another country, relocating comes with an abundance of emotions.
It is extremely overwhelming trying to figure it all out, but there is so much to gain from venturing off to a new scene. Be a sponge. Take it all in and be open to your new surroundings.
So much is going to be out of the ordinary from what you are used to; it's important to know that this is okay. Accept the change and find out what makes you happy during your adventure. It’s your own journey and you can make what you want of it; that’s the best part.
It doesn’t matter if you're moving because of a new job, school or just spontaneously with a few grand in your pocket; there are countless opportunities to take advantage of. It’s a learning process, so open up your mind.
Picking Your Destination
No matter where it is you're going, it's important for you to have a genuine interest in your new stomping grounds.
You're moving, which means you're going to be spending a significant amount of time there. Go to a place that intrigues you. You are going to find this change a lot more valuable if it has much to teach you and new places to explore.
Don’t be afraid to pick a destination that seems completely opposite of what you're used to. Going with the unknown can be rewarding on so many different levels. Let your new home mold you with its unfamiliar traditions.
Do not forget the most crucial part of creating a new home: always search for the beauty in your surroundings.
Finding The Friends Of A Lifetime
It is natural for humans to pass judgment; we often do within the first 60 seconds of meeting someone new. It is a good idea to use this when appropriate but to also be open to new characters during your journey.
Of course, always listen to your intuition. When moving to a new area, especially if it's oceans away, chances are people are going to act in a way that is foreign to you.
Everyone is unique and has something special to offer. If you think this way, you will have opportunities that so many others do not have.
Find the beauty in everyone you meet and spend time with people you ordinarily wouldn’t; let them teach you something new. There is so much to gain from opening up to new perspectives.
Ahhhh, the harsh reality of moving. Bills, bills, bills... and finding the cheapest liquor store.
Seriously, though, this part of moving seems dreadful, and it is. However, it can become easy, as long as you're willing to make minor sacrifices and aren’t afraid to ask for help. No, not from your parents, but from the locals and people familiar with the area.
Do your research and be realistic. We all want the penthouse suite with the wraparound balcony, but unfortunately, that’s not the reality for your average 20-year-old.
Find the specific areas that are in your budget for housing while sustaining a comfortable lifestyle.
Find local hot spots and make your own coffee. It is always nice to treat yourself to your daily Starbucks frappuccino, but let's be real, it all adds up and the calories won’t be missed.
Learn how to cook and find the cheapest grocery stores. Of course, always network. By this I mean befriend your favorite bartender and make helpful party connections. Sacrificing your social life due to low funding is particularly frowned upon. Have fun.
It's Okay To Get Homesick
No matter how good of a time you're having, you will eventually suffer from the occasional case of homesickness and that's okay. Don’t pack your bags and get a one-way ticket back to where you started. Breathe. You’re here for a reason.
Home will always be there and you can always go back. Be fair to yourself and give this new life the chance it deserves. Nothing is permanent. Schedule frequent phone calls and Skype sessions with your loved ones, send lots of pictures and keep faith in your new direction.
The best part of moving is being able to start fresh and having the freedom to become the person you always wanted to be. No one knows who you are and you have the chance to live a life with no prior expectations.
Moving allows you to learn about yourself. You will discover new passions, new goals and your priorities will change. Allow this change to happen.
Moving will bring up a mixture of emotions, so make sure to let yourself feel them to your fullest ability and figure out why you’re experiencing them. Stay true to who you are but don’t be afraid to alter your character.
This time is all about figuring yourself out and what you really want out of this untamed life. Live boldly, feel sincerely and take control of your adventure.
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