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             Deciding on a new place to live can be a complex process. You must not only find a locale that you like, but it also must be financially “accessible” and must fit your lifestyle. For example, if you are a “warm climate” person who likes mountains, you may not want to move to Tibet even though you like mountains!

            The first step to finding a new place to live is to decide what you’re wanting in a new locale. Do you want to live in a warmer or colder climate? What is it that you are looking for in a new place that is not available in your current location? Make a note of what geographical features are important to your and your family, if applicable.

            Next, you’ll need to really be sure that you want this new geographical feature and aren’t just “infatuated” with it! For example, say you fell in love with the ocean on your last trip to the coast. However, you may not want to live near the ocean year around; Maybe the novelty will wear off after a while and you’ll get tired of dealing with your car rusting because of the increased moisture content in the air! So really be sure that you want to live with certain geographical features year-round.

            You’ll also need to make sure that the new locale is within your financial means. Some places are very expensive to live, while others are quite affordable. Make sure you’ll be able to make it financially in any new locale by doing a little Internet research and reading blogs from people who already have moved there and have been there a while.

            The financial consideration will also need to include work possibilities. Can you do the work you currently do there or work over the Internet? Make sure that employment will be available to you in the new location if applicable to your situation.

            There is so much to consider when making a move! You’ll also need to consider your lifestyle. Will your lifestyle fit into the new place? Take some time to think about this carefully. Write down any issues or notes if you feel the need to help you make educated assertions about your needs, financial situation and lifestyle.

            If you have specific place in mind, you probably will want to take a trip there for a week or more to really get a feel for the place. The last thing you want to do is simply pick up and move somewhere you’ve never been before! (unless you are truly adventurous and brave/crazy!)