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Adapting To Life Changes Through Cross Country Moves

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Moving cross country has unique challenges that short distance movers don’t have to face. You’ll have to make adjustments to become a part of your new community, but it’s worth it to feel at home. Some of the life changes you may experience include:


As you can see by this map, people are moving cross country to states with warm climates. Heat acclimatization occurs when your body adjusts and you learn how to dress for the heat. Your diet may also change from heavy meals to lighter ones, like salads, since you won’t need the extra calories to keep warm.

Senior Citizens

Most senior citizens have no difficulty adjusting to not having to shovel driveways or navigate icy walkways. If your parents are moving into a senior community, they may have no lawn maintenance tasks, either. If it’s your parents or grandparents that are moving, you want to make sure their life will be as easy and relaxed as possible.

Staying in Touch

If you want to stay in touch with loved ones, get Zoom and set it up before you move. Video chats are the ideal way to stay in touch and feel connected. There are other options, like Kinzoo or Family Chat, where kids can only speak to family members that their parents allow. You’ll feel isolated if you can’t stay in touch with family and friends.


Search the internet to learn how to get around your new city. If you drive, learn about the roadways that will be your options. Also, learn more about local public transportation, like buses and trains. You never want to feel trapped.


If you’re a senior or someone in your home has a chronic medical condition, healthcare is essential. Research local doctors, pharmacies and hospitals. It’s better to do this before you move, as opposed to scrambling at the last hour. You can also have your dental records transferred to a local dentist if you are in the midst of major dental work. If you have a pet, look for the local veterinarian and check their reviews,


If you’re moving to a smaller home, taking less stuff with you will save you money. Whatever you cannot sell, you can donate to a charity store. It’s very freeing to get rid of things you haven’t used in years. If there is anything you’ve wanted to give to family members, like a dining room furniture, now is the time to do it.

Meeting New Friends

Gone are the days when neighbors brought over a pie or cake to new neighbors. Get out and introduce yourself after you have been there a few days. You can ask where the neighborhood playgrounds are if you have kids, the dog park if you have a dog, or where the library is as a reason to visit them. Libraries are a good place to find social clubs too.

Moving cross country can be exhilarating if you make new friends and explore your new home. There are challenges, but plenty of opportunities to build a new life.

Written By

Brittany Cotton

Brittany Cotton is an article writer that focuses on health, wellness, and business. In her free time, you can find her reading, writing, and trying new recipes.

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