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Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving Away

February 18, 2017

So as some of you may know I recently, well kind of recently, moved out from my family home and across the country. It’s been a hell of a ride, from trying to carry everything I own through the underground in London to hunting for a place to live. The entire process has been very different, and mostly confusing. I’m going to give you a little list of things that I wish I would have known before moving out, in the hope that maybe it’ll let your big adventure go a little bit smoother! 

  • Everything costs, literally everything. – However much money you think you might have prepared for your move just expect to spent it all or a little more. It’s a great idea to get yourself a spreadsheet setup for your finances, this will let you see where your money is disappearing off to. It’ll be different depending on where you move to, but if it’s the centre of a city like me, then you’ve just been warned!
  • You will miss your family 300x more than you anticipated. – So I expected to miss everyone a whole lot, but like wow. I think this was worsened due to me moving so far away from home (about a 4 hour drive) but there’s something weird about not being able to pop by and see people. Skype and FaceTime are wonderful inventions – use them.
  • You don’t need that much stuff. – Again, as I moved so far away I had to trim down what I own to what I actually need. The two are very different things, this is a great way to encourage a new start as you can start to collect new things for your space. Just be smart about the things you think you need in your life.
  • Finding a place to live is difficult, but it will happen. – If like me you’re moving into a city then be prepared for viewing houses, they move like wildfire. You’ll see some hilariously bad places but it’ll make for some great stories later down the line. Be aware that there will not be a perfect place – you’ll need to work on your space to make it more ‘you’ and comfortable – these things take some time. If you’re struggling try – that’s where I found mine, there’s always new houses or rooms going online!
  • Treat yourself. – During all of this process it’s very easy to forget to treat yourself. When most of your money is disappearing on rent and bills make sure to set some aside to get the things you really want. It’ll make you far happier, and being mindful is always important. Your shiny new finances spreadsheet will make this a lot easier to do!

I guess my big piece of advice is to just be prepared, get yourself ready and go for it. You may never have the chance again so give it all you’ve got. You’ll laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time, but it will all be worth it in the end.

Think of the stories you can tell.


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  • olivia

    I love this post! I definitely felt some of these things when I moved out of my family home – particularly that everything is SO expensive (cheese is just ridiculous) – but after 4 years, I think I’ve got my feet on solid ground now. I definitely still message my mum sometimes to ask advice though!

    Olivia – The Northernist x

    • Mate cheese blew my mind – that sounds ridiculous but it’s so true! Glad you liked the post!

  • Appreciate the Day

    It’s funny what you miss isn’t it? For the first few months I loved living 6 hours away from my family, but then I just wanted a hug from my mum. It’s important for me to budget so that I can take trips home.
    I agree that you don’t need that much stuff. I took 2 bags of stuff across the country on public transport and am still getting rid of stuff!
    Kate xx

    • We have nearly the exact same situation, it’s kind of scary!! I’m glad you’re enjoying it now though!

  • This is exactly how I felt when I moved away from home (like an hour away lol but I swear it was a huge deal to me!). I felt so darn homesick for the first few WEEKS. I legit felt so lonely in a new town with people I don’t know and everything being a tad different. I cried hours at night because I realized how much I missed my family even though I was so excited to move out for “freedom”. I knew I’d miss them but I didn’t know I’d miss them so much, not exactly because I wanted mum to cook for me every day but because the lack of the familiarity was simply gone. And the whole new responsibilities that I ran into by moving out where quite overwhelming at first. Exciting, yes, but also pretty overwhelming. By now I’ve gotten used to it and by finding friends and staying busy, I’m coping well. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about moving to London for the next 6 months, though. Because England is a tad further away from Germany and my family.

    Great post, mate! 🙂

    Arden | Missing Wanderer

    • Thank you so much for this comment – it means a lot to see others that are going on similar adventures and facing the same experiences!

      • Currently downsizing and realizing how much garbage I could’ve gotten rid of long time ago. And sure thing, this is quite common for people coming of age and stepping into the real life after school/high school xx

  • Your blog is great! I’m so inspired to write more and better in my posts! Thanks for that. And also.. i know how it is to move away from your family to a unknown place (have lived in brighton and i now lived in hamburg) it’s so weird and fun and scary. I can really relate to everything on this list.

    • No way! You lived in Brighton too! Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to your new posts!

      • yeah, brighton is the love of my life. Moved away 6 months ago for 2 years of design school, so yeah i’ll be back shortly after that

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