Monday, 14 March 2016

What is like to relocate?

We've all had those feelings haven't we? You wish you could go some place new and start all over, it might even go as far as looking at jobs or houses in a different location but what's it like to actually go through with it? After 27 years in the capital, I've found out.

What's it like to relocate?

I'm from South London. For 27 years I've lived, worked and played in South London. So about a year ago I decided to give it all up and relocate to Kent to live by the seaside.

Why I hear you cry?! Well with my job making me redundant and house prices sky rocketing, I didn't want to have to work a full time job to pay off a £300,000 mortgage on a two bedroom flat. I wanted more bang for my buck and with no job in the foreseeable future and my mortgage deposit saved, why not?

Dog Walking Kent

I've now lived by the sea side for 4 awesome weeks. I've spent lunch times on the beach, I've gone walking for miles in fields with my dogs and if I decide to pop into town it doesn't take me an hour to drive 6 miles. 
I own a house that I would never, in a million years be able to afford in London and I even managed to get myself a new car.

People don't avoid each other, they actually speak in the street. There's so much more going on with a proper community feel and lots of events. Just walking through town last Saturday, there were two markets and events on the beach!

Old Neptune Pub

On the downside I don't have a job and there seems to be less of them around down here, agreed. I also don't know a soul, all my friends are spread out across London but I'm taking it on as a challenge. It's terrifying yet oddly satisfying to know that I'm probably not going to bump into someone I know if I pop to Tesco without my makeup on and it's nice to get the opportunity to take myself out of my comfort zone and try new things and groups that I probably wouldn't have back in London.

I've been back to London once since I left, I plan on going back in a few days too but do I miss it?
Plain and simple - no.
I miss my friends and I miss having a job, it's crazy how used you get to being comfortable but it'll all come in time. I don't miss being on overcrowded tubes, paying £1.50+ an hour to park or so many people being crammed into one place. 
I adore the wide open spaces, the community feel, the events, the excitement of not really knowing what my future holds.

I think London will always have a place in my heart but I can see a very happy future here. So what's it like to relocate? Pretty awesome actually.

Until next time,


  1. Oooh I love this. I've been living and studying in Canterbury for almost 2 years now and I love it, but although I'm from Birmingham originally I'd lived in a small town for the last few years anyway, so the change wasn't that drastic. I'd like to move to london after uni (along with everyone else in the country!) but Kent has kind of stolen my heart and I feel like I've barely discovered any of it! The area is so beautiful and I'm glad your relocation has gone to plan!


  2. Congratulations on making this move! It is not an easy decision to move away from friends, family and all things familiar to you.

    We left South East London for Kent some years back. Though we are not located as far out as you.

  3. Sounds like you are enjoying your new home! It's never easy making a fresh start! Good luck to you!

  4. Well Done on following your dreams and being brave enough to decide that it's ok to go outside of your comfort zone. Being part of a community is a wonderful feeling. Please do more posts like these as I'd love to read more about your new adventures!! xoxoxo

  5. Well done on making the big move and I'm glad it's gone so well for you so far! Lovely photos, it looks like a gorgeous place to live! x x

  6. Such a beautiful post. You must feel so proud for making your dream a relaity! You can call me crazy for relocating from the seaside to London 5 years ago. I've learnt alot in those 5 years but I so cannot wait to get back to the countryside. City life definitely isn't for this country bumpkin :')

    Tamsyn Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear


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