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On the Road: Moving Day and the Journey Home

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If you're making a long-distance move and transporting your belongings (and your family) by car or by rented moving truck, it can seem like the long drive to your new home is just as daunting as the rest of the moving process. When everything is all packed away and ready to move, driving a few hundred miles to get to your destination can be a real pain - but it doesn't have to be.

In fact, you can very easily turn that drive into a fun road trip that neither you nor your family will ever forget. The drive from your old home to your new home on moving day is the perfect symbol of transitioning from one phase of your life to another, and by adding some levity to this drive instead of treating it like just another chore or job can turn it into a memorable experience.

Take a break from the move

Instead of focusing on the tedious aspects of making a long drive and turning it into just another part of the moving process, treat it like a break from your move. Use it as a time to be together with your family on the road, enjoying the sights that pass by your window and enjoying each other's company.

The anticipation of beginning a new part of your life in a new home and new town is exciting, so channel this excitement into your trip and separate yourself, at least momentarily, from all of the stresses that surround the move.

Singing along to the radio, playing car games with your children, and just enjoying the open road are all great ways to give yourself a nice and well-deserved mental break from the rigors of moving. You'll be thankful that you did once you arrive at your new home and the next phase of the move begins.

See the sights and make the trip a journey

If the drive to your new home traverses a well-travelled path complete with famous tourist sites and landmarks that you've never experienced, don't be afraid to take a few detours and turn your moving trip into a sight-seeing tour. Who knows when you'll get another chance to return?

Not only will these little detours give you some opportunities to take breaks from driving and stretch your legs, but they'll be sure to make the trip memorable for you and the rest of your family and it will be something that they never forget.

For your kids, it's a great way to give them positive memories and experiences to associate with their move, rather than the negatives of leaving their old home and their friends behind.

Don't rush - enjoy the ride

Hurrying to get to your new home won't really help you that much in the long run and it can cause more problems on the road than it solves. Instead, take your time on the drive and don't be afraid to make a few pit-stops.

Rushing and hastily making the trip can cause you to forget important things that you might otherwise would not have forgotten had you chosen to take your time and not hurry. Plus, hurrying to your destination puts you at risk for accidents and other unfortunate things that can really put a damper on your move and make things a whole lot more stressful for you and your family than they have to be.

So it's best to take your time and enjoy the trip with your family rather than just rushing on to the next stage of the move, because chances are you won't save that much time in the long run.

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on January 15, 2013 - Moving Expert
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