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Why You Should Pack Up And Move

26/07/2020 6 Comments

When I was 25, I decided that I’d had enough of my life in Birmingham and wanted to move. Not because it wasn’t a good life, but because I was living the same day over and over and calling it a life. I would get up, go to work, come home, go to bed. At the weekends, I’d sleep in, watch tv, eat, go to bed.

I decided something had to change so I booked a one-way ticket to Sydney and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. And here’s why.

Be Whoever You Want To Be

Do you want to be that person everyone knows? Will you become a vegetarian? A yogi? Dye your hair? Get tattoos?

Then do it. You can be whoever you want to be when you’re in a city of strangers.

Start Fresh

Back in Birmingham, I had a routine (even though it was boring) and it was safe. When I walked out of that airport, I had no routine, no safety net. I was forced to create a life for myself. I walked into the hostel and was forced to start a life for myself.

Everyday Magic

You know what my first thought was that convinced me that Australia was amazing? They have double decker trains.

You heard me. Double. Decker. Trains.

Yes, it’s something silly that became part of my everyday life but it made me realise that I wasn’t in Birmingham anymore.

Independence

Nothing forces you to become independent than living in a strange city on my own. You have to do adult things like food shopping and budgeting. Ew. I’m sorry I said those words.

I was so lucky to have an amazing housemate in Lucy that we were able to create a little nest in Bondi, but I was making decisions every day that affected my life there.


I’m not saying move halfway across the world. Even if you only move to another suburb or another city, it will force you to start over. When I moved to Sydney, it forced me to start fresh and find my feet in an environment I’ve never been in.

If you’re not happy, something has to change – what will you choose?

6 Comments

  • jessicaclaireprice@gmail.com 25/08/2017 at 12:49 am

    I’m 23 and still live in the same city I was born and raised in. I’ve been meaning to move but I feel as though student debt as got me tied down to my city until I feel comfortable moving with my debt (I feel like I’d be okay moving once I pay back 50% of my debt). I do have a goal to pack up and move within the next two years or so… to where? I don’t know yet. Maybe still in the same country, or down in the States, or hell, even across the ocean!

    Thanks for reminding me why it’s nice to pack up and leave!

  • jessicaclaireprice@gmail.com 25/08/2017 at 12:49 am

    I’m 23 and still live in the same city I was born and raised in. I’ve been meaning to move but I feel as though student debt as got me tied down to my city until I feel comfortable moving with my debt (I feel like I’d be okay moving once I pay back 50% of my debt). I do have a goal to pack up and move within the next two years or so… to where? I don’t know yet. Maybe still in the same country, or down in the States, or hell, even across the ocean!

    Thanks for reminding me why it’s nice to pack up and leave!

  • jessicaclaireprice@gmail.com 25/08/2017 at 12:49 am

    I’m 23 and still live in the same city I was born and raised in. I’ve been meaning to move but I feel as though student debt as got me tied down to my city until I feel comfortable moving with my debt (I feel like I’d be okay moving once I pay back 50% of my debt). I do have a goal to pack up and move within the next two years or so… to where? I don’t know yet. Maybe still in the same country, or down in the States, or hell, even across the ocean!

    Thanks for reminding me why it’s nice to pack up and leave!

  • Anele 24/05/2018 at 10:54 am

    Great post! X

  • thegiraffeslifeblog 03/08/2018 at 9:46 pm

    This is the biggest mood! I definitely feel that I’m pretty much reliving the same day over and over again. I’m also at the ripe age of 25 and moving to London in 2 months! So incredibly excited and the first real challenge I’ve had to face in life. and I’m SO excited!!

  • Laura Jukonyte 19/08/2018 at 9:12 pm

    Wow, you are so brave for moving across the world!!! I don’t think I could manage that, but reading your post has really inspired me <3

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