Moving to Your Favorite City? Here’s What You Need to Know

Couple taking a break loading or unloading moving van with boxes and furniture

Sometimes, we just fall in love with the places we visit. I can’t even count how many times I’ve traveled to a city and said, “I must live here!” In reality, I never commit to that statement, but I know that many of you have (trust me I get emails after I feature certain cities and they travel to them). Well, it’s like I never moved before and today’s post is to help people get situated in their new city far from home. There are certain tricks you need to know to make the process much easier.

I used to live in New York in my early twenties. One day I decided I wanted some change so I packed up my bags, broke up with my girlfriend, and didn’t tell my family that I moved to Calgary, Canada. I didn’t even have a place to move to, I just went. Seriously! It sounds crazy, and I admit it even sounds crazy to me now, but that’s what happened. I got a moving truck, put all my stuff in it, and just started driving. I’ve done some research before and I thought it would be a great change for me. I never planned on it to be permanent, in fact, I only lived there for two years, but it was a great experience; an experience I learned a lot from.

Once I arrived in the city in my moving truck, the first thing I did was look for a storage center. Luckily, there was a large place in the heart of town for Calgary storage. I didn’t know if it was reputable or not, I just went for it as it was the first one I saw. Luckily, the place was awesome, very organized, and very clean. As it turns out, they have rated the best (and only) self-storage Calgary facility. Don’t worry if you feel you can’t find a storage facility in your area. Many of these storage centers have multiple locations. For instance, my storage facility is a part of a much large company called Public Storage Canada and you can see all their locations on their website at If you’re looking for a storage center in your area, just search Google for “self-storage + city” and you should find many options.

I used this storage unit to unload all of my belongings besides the essentials, which I took with me to my motel. I lived in a motel for about a week, which was actually kind of cool until I found and signed to lease a nearby apartment. I rented another truck and moved in. I found this process to be much easier and better than finding a place before I moved. This method allowed me to get a bit more familiar with the city, find a location I liked, and also find an apartment I liked by actually going to a few and checking them out in person. This is something you can’t do from the internet several thousand kilometers away. So if you plan on moving to another city or country, consider just going there, putting your stuff in storage temporarily, and live in a motel for a few days until you find the apartment or home that’s best for you. It’s worth it or else you could be stuck in a place you don’t like for far too long. Hopefully, this tip has helped you with moving to another city!