What's the furthest place from your original home you've moved?

United States
July 10, 2009 5:01pm CST
What's the furthest place you've permanently (or semi-permanently for six months or more) moved to from your original home? I know many people change vicinity to go to school or if they get a really good job in another state, for example. My boyfriend and I are moving in one week two hours away from our current location. I am excited but also scared. I am getting a new job, but he will be commuting for awhile. I have had a few interviews and a few job offers I might take, but sometimes it's also hard. There is so much starting over to do, from learning the location and even some local laws to making friends and feeling comfortable at a new job. Tell us more about your own experiences. Maybe it will help me feel a little better, although I don't feel badly, just a little nervous...
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• United States
11 Jul 09
Consider this a new journey in your life. We move a lot so the farthest I've been is to Florida and all the way to California. Commuting for your man will be tough at first so give hime some good music to listen to while he drives, make him miss you even more than he will. A good thing to do is get an audio book for him and you can get the book or copy the tape, then you can discuss what you both read, just a suggestion. Making new friends is easy, just tell them that you just moved and want to know all the great stuff there is to do, people love to recommend places to help people out. Good luck Bethany.
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• United States
15 Jul 09
Some good suggestions, sounds great! Thanks. : )
• United States
11 Jul 09
I only moved 160 miles away from where I grew up but my hubby has moved all over including a few years in Germany! The other side of the world is a big move!
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• United States
15 Jul 09
Yes, my boyfriend was in the Marines, so he has lived all over the world... That would be very different for me!
@Celanith (2327)
• United States
11 Jul 09
The furtherest I have moved from my home town where I mostly grew up is 745 miles when my husband and I were much younger. Later circumstances caused us to have to move back home for several years but the last 22 years I have lived about 327 miles from my home town. I sort of would like to have a cabin or something I own to go and stay in sometimes back home for a few weeks each year. But can't afford to do that at least not right now. As to making friends just get to know your neighbors, go to church and soon you will make friends. It does take time and you do feel a bit scared and lonely. But after awhile it becomes old hat as you learn your way around and who is the local color, the laws and all. You will also make friends from your work as well. Two hours is nothing from where you live though and so you can easily go home or have friends and family come for arranged pre planned visits. I moved 9 hours away and that is a long tiring trip back home.
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@sacmom (14192)
• United States
11 Jul 09
The furthest place that I moved to has got to be when I moved from the Bay Area to Sacramento when I was just a kid. That was just over 100 miles (which equals out to about 2 hours away). All the other moves that I've made through the years have been within the Sacramento area. At the rate I'm going I'll probably be here the rest of my life! LOL Good luck with your move!
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@klw5000 (213)
• United States
11 Jul 09
This past November I moved 350 miles away from my family. It's just me and my 2 children here and I love it. It was hard at first being so far away from everyone, but I don't plan on moving back. My dad came 2 visit last week and I think he realized just how much I like it here. Now the kids would leave right now, but hopefully they'll get used to it. Good luck with it all, hope it works out for you.
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@thea09 (18305)
• Greece
11 Jul 09
Hi Bethany, I've actually changed countries out of choice when I moved from England to Greece which was a huge change. You have to just take the plunge when you move and go for it. In Greece the language is different including the alphabet and the surest way to integrate is to learn the language, an on going thing. One of the nicest things was giving up the commute to work in England to a city every day to moving to a really relaxed beautiful area where the pace of life is slower and you have the time to appreciate things. The Greek people have been very welcoming but some of their customs came as a suprise. My advice would be to go for it and accept the positives and throw your nerves away.
@AmbiePam (86106)
• United States
10 Jul 09
I'm sure that will be hard on you. But maybe it can also be a bit of an adventure. The furthest I've ever moved from my original home was when I was a child, and of course I had little choice. I moved from Oklahoma to California. A year and a half later we moved back to Oklahoma.
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@greenline (14838)
• Canada
10 Jul 09
I have moved from the East Coast to the West Coat, so that's about 3000 miles. Moved to different environment, but I was quite excited and happy about it. It is a new chapter in my life, taking a new job, and living in new place. The people are nice and friendly, welcoming new comers to the community. So, don't be nervous. I am sure you will be very happy in a new place ! Best wishes to you !
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@raychill (6525)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I just moved from Maryland to California, I believe it was around 2,700 miles. I moved here completely alone. I've been here for about 2 weeks and it's been nice so far, the worst part is that I just don't have a lot of money to get out and about and meet people right now and finding a job has not been so easy, but in a smaller town or something it would probably be a little easier to get a job. Two hours really isn't that bad and you're going to be with your boyfriend. I say take a job you're offered because who cares if it isn't your dream job right now, it's a job that pays right and hey it'll help you meet new people. At least you'll be able to still visit with people too and have them come to see you. It's a new experience and sure it's scary but at least you're opening up to something new and exciting! GOod Luck.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I hope you enjoy your new home. It will take some time to get used to things, but then y'all should be fine. The fartherest we've lived from home is North Carolina. We lived there for three years while my hubby was in the Army. We live in AL now, which isn't home, but it's closer than NC was.
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• United States
13 Jul 09
800 miles when i was yanked from my childhood florida residence to the hell hole TN lol
• United States
10 Jul 09
Two hours isn't too bad... at least at that distance you can still drive back home within one day. I would move that far away if the opportunity was right. The furthest we ever lived from home was 7 hours away and that was when I was pregnant with my daughter..we have since moved back and there are times when I miss it but there are other times when I am glad we are back home. There has since been mild opportunities to move either 7 hours or 9 hours away but its not as easy as it once was...we now have two children that are enrolled and and pretty well settled in school and there is so much stuff that we have accumulated throughout the years that we don't want to lose that the only distance we might consider moving is down the block and even at that it would take a lot for that to happen :)
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• United States
10 Jul 09
I dont really like being far from my moms house, but the furthest ive moved is 4 hours away. i got married and my husband is stationed in fort bragg, so i went to live with him there. i mean its not too bad because if something happens with my family theyre not too far away. but i still dont know my way around fort bragg. my husband deployed, so i moved back with my mom until he comes home to save money, but when he gets home for good ill be back there. hopefully ill finally learn my way around. i got lost so much.
• United States
11 Jul 09
I Moved from Illinois to Virgina it was really rough at first. But a few weeks in I started making new friends meeting new people. Don't be nervous everyones always a little scared but it will be good. You will meet new people and new friendships will be born.
@Raven7317 (691)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I grew up in Massachusetts, about a hour south of Boston. I had never left home before I turned 17, then I went into the military. I was sent to TX for boot camp, then NJ for specialty training, then stationed in Montana. When I left the military, I went to Tacoma Washington. So I literally went from coast to coast. I've never been outside the country, well, I've been to Mexico, but that sorta doesn't count... long story/military shanigans... I was scared too, but I quickly realized that all the other women were in the exact same situation as I was... new place, no friends, far from family... it sort of made it easier to make friends because we already had one thing in common... I'm sure you'll be fine, best of luck with your new adventure! If you think of it as an adventure, you will feel less nervous... Just think of all the new and wonderful people you will meet, places you will see and different ways of life you will learn. It's really a life changing experience!
• United States
11 Jul 09
I grew up in Massachusetts, but I've moved around a lot since then. The furthest I ever moved was to Russia, but it was only for a month, and I knew that it was only for a month when I went, so it was more like an extended trip than moving. About two years ago, I got fed up with life in Massachusetts, and I got on a greyhound bus and rode it around the country for about a month and a half until I found a place I liked enough to settle down in. I ended up choosing Seattle, and I haven't felt the need to leave yet. But part of that could be that I found my fiance here, and I'm never leaving her and she wants to stay here.