Sea Change Location Locator

Ready to move but not sure where to?

One of the biggest sea change challenges is deciding where to live. Coast, country, bustling regional centre, small country town or a farm – the options are endless! Then there’s the ages, needs and interests of your family to consider.

Thankfully, deciding where to make your sea change or tree change is easier than you may think. Your answers to the following questions will help you narrow down the options and create your own, personalised ‘Location Selection Criteria’.

Nowhere will be perfect! Deciding the ‘Relative Importance’ will help you see what matters most and where you can compromise.

If your sea change includes your family, ask each of them to complete this separately and then compare your answers. Where your answers differ; merge your criteria and find ways to meet all your needs.

QUESTIONS LOCATION SELECTION CRITERIA WHY THIS MATTERS RELATIVE IMPORTANCE
1 = low, 5 = high
What’s important to me?
List all your priorities, passions and interests
What do I want less of?
This could include travel time; heat/cold; smog; crime; isolation; high prices etc
What would I like to do more of, if only I had the time?
Include sports, hobbies, volunteering or any other leisure activities you’d like to pursue.
Where I feel most alive, relaxed and happy?
Describe it in detail – climate, rural, coastal, town, country, beach, mountains, etc
What can I afford?
Include house prices/rent and ‘cost of living’ expenses
What facilities and services must be close by?
Is this a short or long term lifestyle change?
If it’s longer term, what will I need in or 5 or 10 years time?
What sort of people do I most easily ‘click’ with?
What type of community would I love to live in and be part of?
What business or job opportunities could I pursue?
What else do I need consider?

Remember, there are no right or wrong sea change locations. However, there are better places to live, based on what’s important to you.

Armed with your Location Selection Criteria, thoroughly research alternative locations that tick most of your boxes. Include a visit to your ‘Top 3’ at different times of the year, talk to the locals and you’ll be well on your way to finding the right place for your lifestyle change.

Need more help?

If you’re still not sure where to live:

  • The Great Life Redesign includes more detailed information and examples to clarify your ideal location.
  • The Dream It! Design It! Do It!  downloadable program (25 x 5 – 10 minute (2.5 hours) MP3 Audio Modules and 52 page Workbook) includes questions to answer, exercises, checklists and templates to identify and weigh up your sea change options
  • Contact me to see how I can help
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