When I was 25, I packed up everything I owned and fit it all in my tiny compact car.
I said goodbye to my friends and family, and drove across the country to Los Angeles.
It was a scary move; I barely knew anyone out here, but what I did know in my heart was LA was where I truly wanted to be.
It ended up being one of the best decisions I made at that point in my life. I missed my home, but moving to a new place in my 20s gave me a different life that I instantly fell in love with.
I wouldn't say moving to a new city works out for everyone, but it's something I think everyone should do at least once... no matter the outcome.
Here are seven reasons why you should take the leap and move to a completely new city in your 20s.
1. With A New Place, Comes A New You
If you've always lived in the same place, you may not fully get the chance to spread your wings and grow. You're used to seeing the same people, and pursuing the same daily routine.
Staying home sweet home in your 20s doesn't always allow you to break away from who you once were. But moving to a different place, you can get in touch with your inner self in a new environment.
2. You'll Open Yourself Up To Different Perspectives
When you live in one place your entire life, you're used to one cultural experience.
When I moved to New York for college, I was introduced to so many different people from throughout the world. I never would have had the awesome opportunity to interact with them if I stayed in Florida.
Venturing out and meeting new people is truly rewarding. You'll begin to realize the world is such a unique place, with so much to offer.
3. You'll Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Everyone needs a challenge or two; it's what keeps life so exciting.
Nothing pushes you more than moving to a new place when you don't have anyone to help you out. You're forced to become independent, and you soon learn to rely on yourself more than other people.
It's good to have a support system, but it's also important to know you can do it all yourself.
4. You'll Make New Friends
When you were a kid, making new friends was pretty easy. You bonded over all of the great snacks you had in your lunchbox, and you instantly became best friends.
As adults, making friends is a lot harder; you have to truly make a deep connection with someone.
When you move to a new place, you quickly build up the confidence to meet new people. A new city means more wonderful friends, and a brand new networking opportunity that could even help you in your career.
5. It's Prime Time To Satisfy Your Desire To Travel
The best time to be mobile is in your 20s.
A major life change, such as moving across the country, can be difficult to adjust to. But, when you're in your 20s, you're flexible and able to adapt to whatever life throws at you.
It's much easier to pick up your roots and move them when they're not as deep (and you don't already have a family of your own).
6. It Could Make You A Lot Happier
If you're feeling as though your life is stuck in neutral, the best solution may be a change of location.
If it's not the place that's specifically making you sad, it could be your job, or the people who you surround yourself with. Moving to a new place totally changes all of this.
You could be on a path to a much happier life, simply by changing zip codes.
7. You Learn That Home Is Wherever You Are
When you live in one place your whole life, you naturally associate comfort and happiness with that place. You begin to think maybe you'll never be happy living anywhere else.
But, that's just fear talking. You can make anywhere feel like home; it's all what you make of it.