How to Cope with a Very Distant Move

How to Cope with a Very Distant Move

The following contribution is from another author.

When moving from one coast to another, or from one climate into another, even the same country can feel like a wildly different place to inhabit. Of course, it might seem that no matter how far you move, there comes a distance where you may feel those same effects, and further travel is likely to have a diminishing feeling as far as this is concerned. This fact is not actually as close to the truth as it might be preferable to think. Our bodies have an odd ability to sense being anchored a long distance from the original place we were settled, and this can be quite tiring when coping with a move.

Additionally, the logistical and emotional impact can be even more complex as a general rule. This will be felt especially if taking care of a family, as moves can be especially hard on children, and what your children feel, you will often feel in kind. This means that coping with a distant move is also an exercise in care and attention, not solely trying to get from one place to another.

With the following advice, you’ll be able to cater to this in the best manner possible:

Familiarize Your Family

It can be thoroughly worthwhile to familiarize your family with the new location. Take a few vacations to the place you are considering visiting. Explore the towns, the beaches, the restaurants. Speak to some of the locals. Perhaps even knock on the neighbor’s door of the house you are looking at and speak to them, asking them about the neighborhood if they have time. When you familiarize your family, you’ll feel much more in line with the new experience as you transition there, and you will settle the worrisome unknown.

Use The Best Services

Use the best services to your advantage. Moving companies, if carefully researched, are known to go over and above in helping you organize, potentially pack, insure and transport your belongings. Additionally, carefully communicating with them about the best time for a move can help you ensure a greater sense of scheduling planning. Just be sure that there is always someone to greet them from one side of the move to the other, as making them wait can cause both parties stress.

Plan Accordingly

Plan accordingly when it comes to your distant moving process. Perhaps you will not be able to wait for hot water or supplied utilities to turn on while you enter the property, because after such a long drive you will be exhausted. Maybe booking a hotel room nearby just in case something happens on the first day of your move (such as being unable to get the keys in time) will catch you off guard. When moving such a long distance, it’s important to keep this kind of measure in place, and this could help you develop a more competent safety plan that helps the entire event go more smoohtly.

With this advice, you are certain to cope with a very distant move.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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