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The Pros and Cons of Moving Across the Country with No Job

If you’re anything like me, you’re a planner. You may be able to be spontaneous, but only if it falls into your scheduled “chill time”.

And recently, I had the ultimate experience of, “oh no, this can’t be planned.” The experience consisted of quitting my job, packing up all of my belongings into a small 5 x 8 hauling trailer and moving across the United States.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Why would you do that? Are you absolutely insane?” The answer is a resounding, yes.

I knew that I needed a change. That I needed to break out of my stagnated state and experience something new. Easier said than done though, right?

Well, the opportunity presented itself, and my partner and I decided it was high time to make this trek. Here are some pros and cons of moving cross country without a job:

The Cons:

  1. You gotta let shit go! This was really hard. There is only so much planning that can be done and as much as you want to control the situation and have the details finite, it’s just….not gonna happen!
  2. Buh-bye stability! This is a very nerve-wracking step, saying “peace out” to your job. Especially if your favorite part of your organization is your co-workers. I had a position with a wonderful company who supports their employees endlessly, but the work was really just delving into my personal life in an unhealthy way and that was hard to admit. Nevertheless, saying goodbye to stability and care is really flippin’ hard.
  3. Help isn’t a few miles away anymore. I was lucky enough to live in the same city (and even the same state) as almost my entire family and friend group. And one of THE BIGGEST negatives to moving is knowing you can’t get a post yoga beverage with one of your oldest friends regularly or have someone pick you up if your car breaks down.
  4. The Art of Moving.  This is the most frustrating and infuriating portion of moving. It will cause you stress and anxiety that not even deep meditation can cure. You actually have to pack. You have to go through your entire home and put everything into small cardboard boxes and hope, to whatever higher being, that your expensive and precious childhood heirlooms don’t shatter along with your heart. (*drama alert). And you’ll definitely question your decision to move at this point.

But everyone, I absolutely PROMISE that there is good, and of course, I saved the best for last.

The Pros:

  1. You got to let that shit go! As in, you were allowed to! You were able to! You did it! If you are that rampant planner type, a big move is a #blessing in disguise. For us; we drove across the country, and that alone allowed me to see so much of the country that I’d never experienced. I was able to get lunch in fun cities and sleep in themed hotel rooms while driving on Route 66. We didn’t plan where we would stay each night, we didn’t make meals for the road. We just let that shit go and drove.
  2. Starting over. You get to unpack your house on NO TIMELINE. You don’t have a job, so get your space set up in a way you like! Meet new neighbors, eat at hip restaurants, try new gyms. It’s so cool to get to your destination and think, “alright, this is it. This is the new life and home.”
  3. New opportunities. I sound like a self-help book at this point because these points are super cheesy, but I mean every word. All of a sudden, you have a new community, a fresh route to the grocery store and there are jobs everywhere. Personally, this move has allowed me to do some SERIOUS rethinking of what I need in life to feel fulfilled and impassioned.
  4. Friends, galore! Holy smokes. Just plopping down in a brewery with a book or a laptop by myself, has given me the ability to make conversation with just about anyone. I have met some long term locals, some other transplants and, of course, some avid new yogi friends.

I could go on and on about the positives on a journey like this, but the important thing is that getting out of your comfort zone can be extremely beneficial. Whether you get into new hobbies, or start a new career, moving and leaving the area that you are comfortable with can make a massive improvement in your life. And trust me, if you’re passionate enough, a new job will come 😉


Have you ever taken a big leap like this? How did it go? Share your story with us in the comments!

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  1. Chuck Vadun

    Chuck Vadun

    February 19, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Wow … very exciting!!!

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    Yoga Teacher Training Goa

    March 12, 2018 at 6:30 am

    nice article thank you for sharing with us

  3. Amanda Sides

    Amanda Sides

    April 15, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    I have done this! Several times, actually, to the point where settling in has become the bigger challenge. I do think it’s something everyone should do in some form at some time if at all possible, because it does really push you to be resourceful, calm, and allowing. Now, I need some grounding, and that’s what my most recent move-without-a-job-and-without-knowing-anyone was all about. 🙂 I’ve been here for almost a year now, so that’s a solid start, but I still feel how far I have to go: I work, but I don’t have a job in the 9-5 way people think of it, which is something that I believe would help ground me at this point. But, baby steps. 🙂

    Glad you did this! Hope it’s working out beautifully. 🙂

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    June 23, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Currently embarking on the same journey. Help is not around the corner, but my mat sits in the corner. Yoga is definitely help me feel grounded and connected with my re-newed dharma! Chanting through the highs and lows!

    Need to find the local brewery though friends galore stage hasn’t quite hit yet! Moving to retiree/rural areas means the mid 20’s seem to be a little out numbered. 😛

    Thanks for your article 🙂

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    August 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    This has been on my mind for the last three months to quit everything and start somewhere completely new. Not because I don’t like where I live but because I think it is time for a change.

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    September 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Pretty nice post you got here. Thanks for sharing!

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    September 24, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Got me hyped. I’m moving from Boston to Madrid next month. My friend is over there and I recently found myself unemployed and with no sense of direction. He told me to skedaddle to Spain with him and start anew. Kinda nervous leaving everything behind but like you said, I gotta let that shit go!

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