Q. I need to know what I need to consider if I moved to Alaska from New Jersey? If I was 30 I’d do it without question. I couldn’t do it then. I had parents to care for. -Georgia
A. First of all, Georgia, let me praise you for caring for your parents. I am assuming they have now passed on. You will never regret that care you gave them. They were fortunate people to have you! Not all parents are so lucky. Many are forgotten in their golden years. Good for you!
You didn’t say how old you are now, but I’m sure you are not too old to move to Alaska. Can you walk? Can you talk? Can you remember what to pack in a suitcase? Well, then you aren’t too old. Even if you couldn’t walk you aren’t actually too old. I have a friend up here, in her upper 80’s and she is wheelchair bound and yet she takes trips all over the world. Decided she wanted to go see Holland. Couldn’t find anyone who wanted to go too, so she went by herself and had a fine time! I love that kind of spirit, don’t you?
Things to consider? Well, I don’t know your occupation, but if you are still needing to work, you might want to look at the website for jobs in Alaska. That is www.jobs.state.ak.us Or you could log on to www.adn.com to see the Anchorage Daily News. That will give you an idea of rent, jobs, grocery prices, etc. You would need to consider if you like winter months; but since you live in New Jersey, that probably isn’t a problem! Unless it would be the length of our winter. Probably mid October to end of March.
Other things to consider. . .Do you like friendly people? Outrageous scenery? Wildlife? A feeling of being East of the Sun and West of the Moon? A spirit of adventure? Well, then you’ll love Alaska.
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