Say Yes To Adventure

Are you ready to up sticks and go? Are you getting itchy feet? When the call to change job and move comes along, it can be an exhilarating and terrifying prospect in equal measure. Sure you’re ready for a new adventure, to explore new parts of your country, the world even, but to leave behind everyone and everything you know? That’s quite a leap of faith.

But with a little thought and preparation, it doesn’t have to be unmanageable. In this blog, we take a look at the pros and cons of a long distance move and whether you should take a leap into the unknown.

The Pros

Your North American Van Lines shipment is packed and you’re ready to close the door on your old life. That feeling of nervous excitement in your stomach is real. You’re about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you’re travelling solo, with a partner, friend of your small family one thing’s for sure, life’s never going to be the same again.

Here’s what you have to look forward to: exploring a different town or city, being wowed by a whole new area of natural beauty, meeting new friends and relearning that skill of actually making new friends something you haven’t needed to do since school.

You’ll also have the opportunity to re-do your home. Your furniture will be given a new lease of life as you move into a property with a different layout and dynamics. If you’re moving abroad you’ll have the opportunity to learn about a whole new culture and start picking up the language as you interact with neighbours and shopkeepers.

The Cons

In one word this can neatly be summed up as homesickness. You will miss your loved ones and that’s entirely natural. That ease and familiarity of your old life is replaced with uncertainty and the fear of trying something so completely new and different.

Being homesick is hard to cure and usually comes about in waves. While it will pass eventually, those first few months can be excruciating. You will think about changing your mind and coming home multiple times but stick it out if you can. Keep in touch via Skype and social media to feel connected to old friends while you make new ones.

While certainly daunting, moving away doesn’t have to be the hardest decision to make. A new job with better prospects and better money is a real and valid reason. Moving somewhere that has great schools for your children and plenty of work prospects for your partner is equally as valid. Sometimes just shaking up your life is a great way to find out what you really want from life. Exploring nature, discovering hidden gems in your new city all add to the amazing new experiences you’re undertaking.

Say yes to the move, yes to the adventure and yes to do something far outside of your comfort zone. You won’t regret it and it will provide plenty of memories for many years to come.

Another 5 Weird Laws In The Netherlands

#6: House sharing is technically illegal

3 or more young singles are technically not allowed to live together. This is to prevent a load of house shares. Yet this law is pretty much never enforced though, so it’s pretty pointless and bizarre.

#7: It’s illegal to go into a coffee shop if you’re under 18

Contrary to what the video suggests, it’s not illegal for under 18’s to go into a regular coffee shop (‘cafe’), but if it’s there to sell weed, you aren’t allowed in, soz. NO DRUGS FOR U18s. Seems fair enough, we can’t drink till we are 18 either.

#8: Trees must be reinforced to prevent them sinking by canals

Canal houses, including trees and other structures must be reinforced so they don’t sink. So it’s not just the
houses, but the trees too! It’s great that trees are just as protected as the canal-side houses.

#9: Tenants have incredible protection when renting

Good for tenants and not so good for landlords, tenants have an incredible amount of protection. In fact, the landlord can’t kick you out unless it gets taken to court. Pretty bizarre if you aren’t paying the rent and trashing the place. Great if you don’t want to be made homeless by your landlord for literally no reason.

#10: You can only pee in a canal if you’re pregnant

Peeing in a public place is not allowed (hence the urinals everywhere) and many fatalities have happened from drunk people peeing canals. This is fair enough, however, when pregnant it is allowed. Not exactly safe though is it… this is one of the pretty weird laws that the Netherlands has.