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Moving from high summer to deep winter (and vice versa)

Be flexible with your schedule

If you engage in outdoor sports or fitness, you may find you have to adjust what time you head out – in warmer climates it’s better to get out and about in the cool mornings while freezing cold climates may force you to opt for an indoor gym membership or consider lunch time exercise. Areas prone to natural disasters or extreme weather may also mean your patience is tested,

Assess your wardrobe

You might think your Winter coat will last you in your new London abode, but what flies in even the coldest parts of Australia will not protect you come the depths of a proper British winter. Investing in quality boots is also essential, as is taking care of them if you’re moving to an area with heavy snowfall – there they use salt to melt the snow and it will ruin your leather.

Talk to the locals

Moving to rainy North West USA? An umbrella will make you stick out like a sore thumb in when everyone else opts for the far more practical option of quality raincoats and waterproof boots. If your move is to northern Australia, you may want to ask people how they stay cool during the blistering heatwaves and high levels of humidity.

Talk to realtors

If you’re planning to buy in your new city, you’ll want to think long and hard about what kind of features you need your new home to have. Heating and aircon are great but costly. Even better is a house that has proper insulation, high quality air circulation and insulated pipes that won’t freeze over in winter. It’s also important to research flooding and other natural disasters in the area, as it may be worth considering certain add ons, such as storm shelters, in your new home.

Budget for surprise costs

In the short term, there will be costs that you may not otherwise usually have. Things like new Winter or Summer clothing, purchasing suitable bedding (that light summer doona will not save you on the freezing cold mornings of London in January) and even stocking up on items you might not normally carry, like sunscreen or gloves.

Look after yourself

Dehydration isn’t something that people from cooler climates particularly worry about, but it can be a real threat to your health when you’re not used to consuming lots of water and you’re moving to the desert. By the same token, frostbite is a real thing, as is hypothermia, so make sure you rug up properly to suit the weather. It takes time to adjust, but it will be worth it!

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