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Old 04-18-2014, 09:07 AM
 
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I'm a 30 year old American male currently living in the US, but I've lived in 3 different countries and visited about a dozen others. Working as a software consultant, I'm required to relocate quite frequently.

I want to help my coworkers deal with relocating more easily, but it seems there are many obstacles to having a successful move. For example, some of my biggest fears/obstacles are: finding new friends, finding adequate housing in a good area, keeping in touch with old friends.

I have two questions:

1) What are/were your biggest fears about moving to a new place?

2) How do/did you address them? (Resources such as books, websites, etc.)
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:24 AM
 
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Biggest fears were: Failing to move, being wrong about which city to move to

Handled by: Joined forums to talk to residents, read wikipedia pages, talked with wife about what we wanted



Now my biggest fear about moving would be being forced to move, because I am completely happy with my location and have no intent to move again.
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:21 AM
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I really don't have any fear. The only thing I can recommend is make sure you rent or sublease a place for a short amount of time starting out (3-6 months). Be sure to do your homework and drive around the area you are going to move to. If you have all your bases covered you should be golden.
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Old 04-18-2014, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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My biggest fears were getting lost and needing to find a critical item in a hurry (and couldn't).

I spent several hours studying maps of the Des Moines area before I moved. It really helped that my realtor drove me around when we saw houses. I was then able to make the transition from the map to physical landmarks (I don't have or want a GPS).

It was also extremely helpful that many of the same stores (like Staples, Target, Lowe's) are found in both areas, plus the layouts are alike or very similar.

Before I moved, I used Google to locate an emergency vet, Urgent Care, closest hospital, grocery, etc., the top twelve places. I drew those onto a hard copy map, and as soon as I had time, I drove around and located them.

I'm sure all this sounds really anal if you have a GPS, but within the first week, I was getting around town, using the freeways, without maps or getting lost. I also discovered some new places that had things I needed.

At this point (8 months later), I can hop in the car and go nearly anywhere in Iowa and have some idea of where I am. I'm working on learning Omaha, next.
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:27 PM
 
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Thanks, I really should use my GPS less. Its really become a crutch for me, I have to use it whenever I go anyplace new, even close to my current house.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:40 PM
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Thanks, I really should use my GPS less. Its really become a crutch for me, I have to use it whenever I go anyplace new, even close to my current house.
I find it is best to use if you have no clue to where you are going, but a good way to get to know the area is to study maps. Use google maps and zoom in a route and try to follow it without using the GPS.
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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New hires with GPS units make fun of me, but I don't feel secure until I know an area well enough to drive to places like hospitals or know 4 - 5 different ways to get home or get to work under all conditions.

Sometimes satellite connections are lost . . .

Sometimes GPS units get stolen or don't work . . .
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:00 AM
 
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Sorry Meemur. It must be rough to work that hard to learn the streets and then find out how few of them lead out of Iowa
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Sorry Meemur. It must be rough to work that hard to learn the streets and then find out how few of them lead out of Iowa
LOL!

I still like it here, even after last winter. I grew up in Michigan with weather like that. What a blast from the past!

I should have written that I'm cycling on the trails and in the country. No GPS! So it's critical that I know where I am because I don't always have a map with me.
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:19 AM
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LOL!

I still like it here, even after last winter. I grew up in Michigan with weather like that. What a blast from the past!

I should have written that I'm cycling on the trails and in the country. No GPS! So it's critical that I know where I am because I don't always have a map with me.
I grew up in a very small town in northwestern Wisconsin, then I moved to FL (I've currently been in MO for the last 8 months and I am moving to the gulf again in 2 weeks). There is no place in the midwest that I would ever move back to. You sir are a brave man/woman for staying. Good luck.
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