Do you ever have those moments where you wish you could leave everything behind and start again? Okay, maybe not *everything*, you wouldn’t want to be without your family, but everything else?
We have all had these same thoughts from time to time, where all that we want to do is pack our bags and set off for somewhere new, leaving the house and job behind while doing so. Whether such feelings are as a result of stress or a sense of adventure, the temptation can be all too great to ignore.
Where Do You Start?
So, once you have decided to leave it all behind, where exactly do you start? Do you even know where you are headed, or are you keeping yourself open to whatever opportunity come your way?
If you know where you would like to relocate, start by doing your research into the area – this should include:
- House prices/cost of rent
- Cost of living
- Job opportunities
- Local amenities
- Professional connections – remember; it’s not what you know…
As much as making the decision about wanting to up sticks and be made in a snapshot, deciding on where to move should be handled with care. Do not rush into making a decision, as this may not be solely your decision to make. Consider the needs of your family as well as your own and listen to what everyone concerned has to say.
Keep Costs to a Minimum
This cannot be stressed enough, but keeping costs to a minimum is a must if considering a move outside of your comfort zone. Be prepared to live on the breadline for a while, as you cannot afford to waste money away – especially if you are moving before finding a new job.
Depending on where you currently live and where you are moving to, you may find a big difference in finances. In theory, if you are moving south (particularly in or around London), you will find that the cost of living increases considerably whereas, on the flip side, you may see the cost of living reduce if you move further north.
Either way, such a move is an uncertain time, especially without a job. It is best to be prudent with your finances.
A Place to Live
It goes without saying that finding the right place to live is important. When you ‘leave it all behind’, this is the place that you will be coming home to, so it needs to be somewhere that you can feel comfortable.
What many people do before committing to a move is to sample the area by renting or buying a holiday home in the area to dip their toe in the water. Holiday homes do not have to cost the earth and, depending on where it is you are planning to move to, Allens Caravans has a wide selection of parks dotted in and around England and Wales.
Are You Ready?
Once you have conducted thorough research into the area, and sampled the lifestyle for yourself, the only question that remains is this – are you ready?
Leaving it all behind is a major step and comes to some easier than others. Nerves are perfectly normal and will be outweighed by the excitement of an adventure if you know in your heart that you are making the right decision for you and your family.
If you still feel that you are ready and willing to move on after considering all of the facts, we wish you the best of luck and remember, you can always move back home if, for any reason, it doesn’t work out.