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Arlington, VA

#266 Aug 7, 2012
Hey everyone! I am a 23 year old female planning to move to Anchorage in one year (August 2013) with my boyfriend and another couple that we are friends with.

My friend and I will be first year Speech Language Pathologists and our boyfriends will both be looking for labor jobs (mechanic, construction, etc), or hopefully doing something at one of the airports.

We want to live in AK for one year. We all live in Washington, DC right now. We are beginning to research doing the move from here to Anchorage and have many questions!

1. Where are some good places to live, that are safe and affordable? Our budget will probably be between $2,000-$2,500.
2. How should we move there? We could potentially all fly and just buy clunker cars for the year, but I would prefer to bring at least my Jeep. Also, are the PODS a good option? Or a Uhaul? thoughts? It would be nice to be able to bring my furniture and most of my things, but not absolutely necessary I suppose. We are hoping to all be able to move for about $5-6,000 total.
3. What are some "must do" things that we should experience in Alaska? in one year?
4. What's the deal with the money that people get for living in Alaska? I've heard about it since we have started talking about moving, but will we need to apply or something?

Thanks!!! The four of us are really excited!
Your Alaska Guide

Anchorage, AK

#267 Aug 25, 2012
lou wrote:
I personnally would be scared to death of Alaska. Isn't it true Alaska has some of the weakest gun control laws in the world? No permit for guns?
It must be a blood bath up there!
Quite the contrary, When the criminals know that the private citizen here could be carrying a firearm they are not as bold.I work all over the state from the rural village to the major cities never an issue. The Bears and protective cow Moose are the only safety concern I have.
I have also worked and lived in 32 states and what scares me the most is when the private law abiding citizen is not permitted to carry a firearm. Then the only ones who have them are the criminals who could care less about any law.

Cabot, AR

#268 Oct 16, 2012
Rose wrote:
I would not hesitate to move to Alaska if I had the chance. I did it some years ago, and have never regretted it. I do miss the stores, especially bookstores and good restaurants, but the land is beautiful and the people very friendly. I moved from TX, and I like the climate here so much better! I live in Dillingham though, which is in the SW part of the state and with fewer stores and such than in Fairbanks. I know people who lived in Fairbanks and they liked it very much, I've never heard anything bad about it. And at least here where I am, if you dress properly in the winter, the cold is no big deal.
seriously, shootings didnt get bad until people started tampering with our rights to carry. think about this... every heard of a gun shooting at a shooting range, didnt think so!!!

Wasilla, AK

#269 Dec 15, 2012
Kristy wrote:
Ok, I'm planning to move to Alaska in the summer from California, thought about driving, but I was told that at the Canadian boared they search all your stuff????? I wanted to take a u-haul or somthing.... Any advice on moving a whole household?
My family and I drove through Canada in the winter when we moved to Alaska, which took seven days. We bought a four-wheel drive truck and a 20 ft toy trailer to move our whole household, and it weighed 13,000lbs, about 5,00lbs over the DOT limit I think. Luckily we weren't fined but it might be a good idea to let go of some stuff before your move. If you have guns, you should mail them to Alaska before you move or have someone in California mail them after you've settled in. As for pets, make sure they have shots and papers as they may ask for that information at the border. And yes, they conduct searchers, but they won't be extensive if there isn't a reason for it, so just ditch anything you're not supposed to have.

Oh, also, about halfway through our trip our transmission blew out in the middle of nowhere and we had to buy a new one, so make sure your vehicle is in good condition with the right tires if you're going in the winter. The only other thing I can think of is to bring another person with you so you can take turns driving.

And as for the people of Alaska, yes there of course there are those that are less then amiable, but I think you'll find that anywhere you go. Personally, I think some of the funniest, most innovative, resilient and hospitable people live in Alaska.

Burnaby, Canada

#270 Feb 11, 2013
I recently decided to start a new way of living and I want to move to Alaska but im a Canadian citizens and if anyone one knows what to expect I would need or do to to move there like stuff Like being able to cross the border or paperwork I need please let me know your knowledge about it please and thanks
Mary Bennett

Jackson Heights, NY

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Jamestown, NY

#272 Aug 9, 2013
I'm seriously looking into moving to alaska, not sure where yet. That being said, I'd certainly would need a job, but would like to get most of my groceries from the wilds. Eventually go off the grid, with that being said, has anyone have any pointers?

I have a CDL, and probably would continue to utilize that (if possible) to support myself.

I'd prefer not living downtown, unless it was a in a lower populated area, say less than 5,000-10,000.

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