Big Adventure to Austin: Part 2


Adventure Story | What is it like to prepare for a BIG adventure?  Preparing & choosing a new hometown is no joke.  Check out my article for the full story of our move to Austin, TX. Click here to read the article.

Hello Adventure Friends!

I hope you are ready for the continued story of our journey to Austin, TX. 
Did you miss Part 1 of Big Adventure to Austin, TX? Click Here

How Austin, TX jump to the top list?

The quick answer is RESEARCH, JOB HUNTING, SCOUTING TRIPS and PATIENCE!

The easiest parts of the journey were in the moments where decisions were made. My husband and I knew what the right decision was for us (relocating) but the list of what we didn’t know was a mile long.  Here is where the adventure truly began by stepping out of our comfort zone. I began by putting on my research hat compiling cities with a variety of technology opportunities, warmer climates (no snow please), green spaces, restaurants that are gluten free friendly, international airport (current airport was so tiny and expensive to go the places we really wanted to go), etc.  I narrowed it down to a list of about five cities: Austin TX, Washington DC, Atlanta GA, Raleigh NC and Charleston SC (Austin was my favorite…crossing my fingers) which hubby approved.  Over the next few years, there were lots of job applications submitted and we started turning our vacations into scouting trips.  So many times, we thought this is the one that will make our dreams come true only to be disappointed and have to pick ourselves back up and try again (Patience, I told you). Our commitment to this up and coming adventure was so firm that we even sold our home well over a year before the big move to make sure we were nimble and ready!

Adventure Story | What is it like to prepare for a BIG adventure?  Preparing & choosing a new hometown is no joke.  Check out my article for the full story of our move to Austin, TX. Click here to read the article.

Throwback to 2012 when the Journey to Austin began

Finally things were starting to come together almost three years after we made the big decision; hubby was in the final round of interviews with a company (who was based in AUSTIN, TX…crossing fingers again). I could barely get any sleep or think of anything else while we waited for their decision. I had taken a quick trip to Las Vegas around this time. During my return flight, I unfortunately got diverted to another city because of a storm at my connection. I was tired and cranky from an already long day of traveling only to find out that I couldn’t get a flight home (every flight was FULL for the next two days…WHAT!?!?). What could have been the worst day turned out to be the BEST? In my horrible mood, I had to tell my hubby I wasn’t going to make it home tonight (he had been looking forward to my arrival all day) and had to figure out what to do now.

Can you guess what happened next? He took a minute to calm me down and then said, “Well I got great news. I GOT THE JOB & AUSTIN IS GOING TO BE OUR NEW HOME!!!”  In that moment, I forgot all about my situation and cried pure joy right there in the airport (got many odd looks from strangers and I didn’t care one bit). Even though I spent that night in a hotel alone and most of the next day driving a rental car to get back to him, we were never more close than that shared moment of celebration and accomplishment together. When I finally did make it home, the biggest hug and champagne were waiting.

Within the next three months, we were official residents of Austin, TX. The rest of the story is a bit busy and predictable. A scouting trip to select our new residence, downsizing our stuff, lots of packing, saying goodbye to family and friends, loading up our lives into a moving truck, and setting out on a one way road trip to TX.

After all the time and effort to get to our new home, we were determined to soak up every experience and went on a quest to be tourists in our own backyard.

Want to know how to be a tourist in your own backyard?  Check out our Blog Post..

Where are you dreaming of moving to today?  Have you experienced the long distance move too? In the comments, share your dream city or tell me where you moved.

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Adventure Story | What is it like to prepare for a BIG adventure?  Preparing & choosing a new hometown is no joke.  Check out my article for the full story of our move to Austin, TX. Click here to read the article.

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