Snow-covered land stretching endlessly as far as the eye can see: Most people who haven’t been to Alaska have this impression of the U.S. state.
Although there is some truth to it, not every inch of land is covered in ice. In fact, Alaska has some magnificent tourist attractions from wildlife scenery to breathtaking views of its waters. Above & Beyond Alaska, LLC thinks that hunting for wild moose or a sea kayak expedition in Alaska sounds like the perfect setup for any adventurer.
Speaking of living, relocation in Alaska is fairly easy in some cities. While searching for a home with the help of realtors in cities such as Anchorage and Juneau is already a given, there are other things you should know prior to moving into the state.
DOs and DON’Ts
Alaska has a low population that makes it perfect for those weary of overcrowded places in the metro. However, people own larger acreage of properties due to the ratio of land to the inhabitants. If you’re fond of hiking, it’s best to exercise prudence in determining if you’re setting foot on someone else’s territory.
Relocating in Alaska’s remote areas can be challenging for those who got used to the convenience of urbanized living. Some far-flung towns in the state still use oil lamps for light and firewood for heating purposes. It’s not exactly cut out—pun intended—for those accustomed to the city life.
Wildlife creatures co-existing with humans are also a common sight in the state, so be careful enough to pay attention even when you’re roaming the streets. Resist that urge to snap a picture with a seemingly docile moose and you’ll be fine.
Cost of Living
In Anchorage and Fairbanks, you get to experience and have access to the same services and resources that you typically enjoy in other cities like New York or Los Angeles, without the heavy traffic and pollution.
What’s more, the state imposes low tax rates and a laidback lifestyle. If the benefits outweigh the risks for you, then moving to Alaska is a rewarding choice.