How to Relocate Without a Job

Relocating yourself and some of your personal belongings to a new city can be an exhilarating experience that will last a lifetime or it can turn into a disaster. Here are a few ideas and hints to keep you on a level course during those crucial first weeks and months, when you are attempting to relocate to a strange, new city.

How To Relocate To A City Without A Job

Step 1

First do some research. Does the place that you desire to move to have a low employment rate? What is the going rate for an apartment or does its economic outlook match up with your job skills? A preliminary visit might be of help, especially if the particular metropolis is nearby to where you currently live. That way you can check out the job prospects, housing, city atmosphere and recreational opportunities. However, if you are moving across the country; let's say to New York, because you have an uncanny knack for stage design, then you might consider avoiding a costly preliminary venture and put that money towards the day, when you actually do move.

Step 2

Getting there can vary from driving your vehicle to hopping on an airplane, carrying only the maximum amount of baggage that the airline allows. Since flying one way is expensive, alternatives such as Amtrak and Greyhound do exist. Amtrak is comfortable, but still costly; and a Greyhound special can get you across the country for less than a hundred dollars, but that is a long journey that takes many days.

Step 3

Once you arrive, your first major task will be to find a place that you can call your own. This can be the hardest part of the move and the most crucial to your success, for a quick location of an affordable place to live may be the biggest obstacle to a successful relocation. Don't forget that some cities may have a tourist season, so that the time of year, when you go, could also be an important factor.

Step 4

Instead of first seeking out a motel or hotel as your first place to stay, you might search for cheaper temporary housing such as a guesthouse or hostel. Also check all the newspapers for listings of both temporary and long-term housing. It may be also possible to arrange to stay with friends or relatives, but keep in mind that such arrangements can fall apart very quickly and are best avoided.

Step 5

And finally don't forget that back-up skills for the marketplace can be a lifesaver in such a situation. If you have experience as a bartender, copywriter, tutor, cook or even a plumber, then this could come in handy during the first few months of your big adventure. Also, there is the final reminder that traveling light is a big advantage, when you go.

Henri Bauholz

Henri Bauholz is a professional writer covering a variety of topics, including hiking, camping, foreign travel and nature. He has written travel articles for several online publications and his travels have taken him all over the world, from Mexico to Latin America and across the Atlantic to Europe.