If you’ve ever logged onto social media and seen a friend posting gorgeous pictures of their new town of residence and wondered “how the hell did that happen,” you aren’t alone. I remember graduating high school and seeing a few old classmates residing in new cities that were on my bucket list. There was one point, post graduate school, where I distinctly remember seeing yet another former classmate biking down Venice Beach. If you know me then you know my obsession with LA and how determined I am to live there. I was beyond envious, jealous, and any other emotion that I should be ashamed to admit I felt. I tried to figure out how on earth she was able to do that with what seemed to be no job. Nowadays I am able to check myself and remember that what is for me is for me. My journey is mine and belongs to no one else. Good for her that she was able to do that. If I really want it, then I should take initiative and make it happen. It really is that simple. If up and moving to a new city is on your bucket list and you aren’t the type to put in your two weeks, pack your bags, and hop on the first flight with no plan, then keep reading.
First thing’s first…
I always say I can’t take these jumps with no way to support myself. I have way too many bills to up and leave with Sallie Mae on my tail. I don’t need that stress or those worries. Before I picked up and left Washington, DC for New York I was sure to apply for every job I thought I was qualified for, and even some I wasn’t. Craigslist was where I ended up finding my current job because they were looking for a temp to help out with some work before they moved offices. In my case, my job was only supposed to be three months, I got it to last five (until the move), and once they moved someone wanted to bring me along and eventually hire me as a full time, permanent employee. I worked for it and it worked out in my favor. However, if like me, temporary employment is all you can find, then create a budget so that if you haven’t found anything permanent you can still pay bills while you seek employment elsewhere. Remember, my budgets are for everyone, so if you need help, I got ya. Find a job, at least one that will pay the bills, and everything else comes later.
Find a Place to Live!
Many of you may be reading this and think that this should’ve been the first step. Nope. Not in my opinion. I can’t go to rent an apartment or room anywhere and have to tell someone that I don’t even have a job. What type of human would even rent to me? That’s why I think the job is step one. As far as finding a place to stay I would recommend, you guessed it, Craigslist. I understand that certain made-for-tv movies may have turned people off from the website but it can make or break your housing search. You can find entire apartments listed by brokers or owners to rent/sublet, or even rooms to rent with awesome, likeminded humans. Be smart and the adult you are when it comes to finding and choosing a place, and you should be fine. If you’re dead set against Craigslist, and want to move to a major city (DC, Miami, New York, LA), Facebook actually has a ton of groups where people post rooms or apartments. There are also a ton of apps and websites where you can find people to apartment hunt with. In New York, the apartment search turnaround is two weeks. So you can, and will, always find a place in that time frame. The housing market is extremely competitive so if you love a place, have that application fee ready to go because you will have tough competition by the end of the day.
Navigating the City
Okay so you have a job and cool new digs, but how are you getting around? In LA a car is almost mandatory, but in DC you can rely solely on public transportation. Here in New York, the subway is life. I mean that. When I moved here I had a couple apps that allowed me to put in my starting point and destination and it would tell me where to walk, which train going which way to get on, where to get off, where to walk again, and how long all of this should take. Luckily, nowadays Apple and Google will do that for you, but still be prepared. Make sure to download a picture of the subway system so that when, and there is always a when, you don’t have service and can’t put in an itinerary you can just look at the map to see when and/or where to transfer trains or get off. Now I’m a pro, but every now and then I still pull up that map to figure out the fastest and easiest way to get somewhere. No shame.
If you’re thinking of relocating to an all new city then GO YOU! You are beyond dope and I’m super super proud of you. If you have any questions that weren’t answered here then feel free to drop them in the comment section below. If you’re thinking of coming up with a budget to prepare for your move then check out what I offer here. There’s an option for everyone. I hope these tips helped 🙂