Do you know people where you’re going?
Do you have friends or family there? Do your friends have family there or does your family have friends there? Do any of your Facebook friends have contacts there? Simply put: Get the skinny from someone who lives there. Get the inside scoop. Ask what they love about the place, what they wish was different, how it works for families, singles, kids, pets—whatever is important to you. Recently, my husband was contemplating a job change to Baltimore. I found out I knew two people who were living there: a friend from grade school (who I hadn’t spoken with in 20 years) and an ex-boyfriend’s sister (who I hadn’t spoken with in a decade). We connected via Facebook and in days we were having long conversations where I could cut to the chase, get the story on the city from people who knew me—and the city—well.
Are you looking for an adventure?
Sometimes it’s time to mix things up. Perhaps you’re living in the same town where you were born and you just want to try something new. Maybe you’re in your 20s and ripe for an adventure. Moving isn’t easy: New home, new friends, and new job or commute, possibly even a new time zone. That’s a lot of new all at once. And if that sounds exhausting…there needs to be another reason for your move. But if it sounds exhilarating and exciting, you’re on the right path.
Can you follow your passions there?
One of my coaching clients is passionate about her salsa dancing. She’s lived in London, France, and New Jersey. It is absolutely critical to her that wherever she goes, there’s a solid salsa scene. Before you move, make sure that you’ll have access to the things that are important to you. On the flip side, I have a client who is passionate about adventure tourism: zip lining, white water kayaking, etc. She lives in New Jersey where adventure tourism isn’t that big. So she started researching where the big outfitters are, because if she’s going to do it, she wants to go to be around the best of the best. After just a couple coaching sessions, it became clear that New Zealand was the place (and her parent’s best friends live there). I just received an enthusiastic email from her: after two months of planning and research, her visa was approved; she heads to New Zealand next month. If you have the flexibility to go anywhere in the world to learn your craft, go where you can learn from the best.