Pro Tip: Visit Before Moving

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Moving somewhere new is always an exciting thing. It’s also stressful beyond measure. There’s always more to do and figure out that you think. I’ve moved… a lot. Every time I do, especially an international move, I tell myself it’s the last time. It’s exhausting and takes a toll on both the mind and body. And while moving can be awfully exciting, there’s always something else to do or figure out or buy. There’s also the entire question of… where are you moving?

What happens when you’re not certain where you want to move? Maybe you’re a digital nomad looking for a new locale, or perhaps life has just got stagnant and you feel like you need a change. Whether it is that or a job relocation or for family, when you’re looking for a new place to call home, there’s a miasma of things to consider, let alone do. As someone who has moved around a lot, lived in a lot of places, and randomly chosen some of them, I have some advice for you.

Visit first.

No, really. Visit first. And not just a day trip. Actually visit.

Now, if it’s an international location, this may be difficult, but trust me. The internet will tell you all the good, bad, non-touristy, and interesting things to do and see, but it cannot and will not give you the full picture of actually living in that place. No matter how much you research and how many people you ask in Facebook groups to tell you about living there, your own experience will be vastly different. You need to feel the place, walk the streets, and get a good sense if it’s somewhere you can actually call home.

When I say visit, I’m not talking about a long weekend either. To really get a good sense of a place, I’ve found that two weeks actually does the trick. This is because the first week you’re going to do all the Top 10 Must Sees and recommendations from travel blogs and what have you. You’ll be in the exciting honeymoon phase of traveling. The second week, maybe your to do list will be thinner, maybe you will be a bit tired and want to take it easy. This is good. This will allow you to be in that place as a regular person.

And that’s what you want, right? To be a regular person in this new place, to make it feel like home, to live your day to day in a new city, country, or even continent. Even the most ardent travelers like to have a home base; it’s just a human need, after all.

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It’s that sense that you need to really get a good grip on a place. You need to be able to wander around, check out a normal grocery store and park. Just… be. It’s in this second week that you’ll actually get what it would be like to live there rather than just to visit. I know this may be cost prohibitive, but if it’s within your budget to do it, I cannot recommend it enough. Moving somewhere without having spent any time there can be a delightful surprise, but more often than not, you’ll be wishing you had that time to really solidify your choice on whether it’s the right place for you or not. 

Now, say for example you’re wanting to move to the Greater Washington DC area. First off, welcome, I’ve lived here off and on for two decades. Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia are great places to live, play, and enjoy life. But definitely visit! However, if you have, and now you’re wondering how to move here, might I recommend TriState Moving And Storage? 

Not only will they take care of all the details for you, but you won’t have to worry about moving all those boxes and getting them to and fro. As someone who has done moves by myself before, I wish so much that I had actually just hired movers. It takes the stress away and saves your poor muscles from giving out midway through carrying a sofa. They truly treat their customers like family because after it all, doesn’t everyone want to be treated fair, honest and feel as if they are in the best hands possible? The friendly staff truly treats you like VIP both in person, over the phone and even have an entire page on their website dedicated to happy and satisfied customer testimonies to prove it. So if you’re looking to head to the DMV, be sure to find a great Commercial Moving Company in Rockville MD like TriState Moving and Storage! You’ll be so happy you did. 

After you’ve had a two week visit of course.

This is a sponsored post! However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Kristina is an ardent traveler and has been to over 48 countries and has no plans to stop. She taught English in a small fishing city in Japan for a year, volunteered on an archaeological dig on an Iron Age site in Israel, drove 10,000 miles in a 1994 Corsa from London to Ulaanbataar for charity, and accidentally fell in love with K-pop in Seoul. It’s been a wild ride.

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