Posts Tagged ‘Moving to Alaska’

Have You Dreamed of Moving to Alaska?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Everyone who hasn’t been to Alaska probably has their own visions of what the country is like. Some people think of Alaska and only envision a frozen tundra ruled by vicious polar bears with a spattering of igloos and oil spills. Others probably see magnificent glaciers resting between jagged mountaintops, log cabins, grizzly old fishermen and hunters. The fact is that both visions are right. Alaska is by far the largest state in the United States geographically. It’s has highest peak in the country with Mt McKinley, rain forests along the southern coast, tundra in the north with polar bears, tons of fishing off all the coasts and plenty of hunters in the interior trying to live off the land.

The rugged beauty of the wilderness in the north is great to experience and view, but it also represents a rather large challenge when it comes to moving to Alaska. It is possible to drive a truck into major cities like Anchorage, but if it is not at just the right time of year there is a huge risk of large snow storms and generally impassable conditions. Other towns and cities have not road access whatsoever due to remote locations or being on an island. Moving to these places requires boat transportation or air transport. Most people moving to Alaska don’t have the resources and knowledge to conduct a relocation to such remote parts of the state, so they rely on a relocation service to arrange various modes of transport to get household goods where they need to go.

Travel and transport in Alaska is sometimes so dangerous that many hit reality shows have been based on certain aspects of Alaska transport. Ice road truckers details the ins and outs of transporting goods along an icy road in the Alaska interior, where there is a large energy industry. Deadliest catch travels with ocean fishermen who have to battle to very harsh conditions of the Pacific in order to catch extremely valuable sea food. Living dangerously is a part of life for many people who have moved to Alaska, but it’s not like that for everyone. There are plenty of safe and normal jobs for people in most towns and cities.

Save Money on Your Move to Alaska

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Moving to Alaska is unlike other domestic moves in a variety of ways. First of all, Alaska is thousands of miles away from almost all other points in the continental states. This means that moving to Alaska will involve a lot more travel than your typical domestic move. Alaska is also in a location that is hard to access by any other means than boat or airplane. This makes packing up a moving truck and driving it to your new home in Alaska much more difficult than it would be in other moves.

It is possible to drive a moving truck up to Alaska, but there are much easier options. Driving will require two border crossings, multiple nights of hotel/motel stays, possible bad weather and a host of other issues that can make driving very difficult. A relocation service that has Alaska moving services can help set up a move that will save you money on highly expensive moving trucks and travel expenses. Relocation services can do this by coordinating various modes of transport for your household goods that don’t rely on expensive cross continental highway travel.

Using a relocation service for your Alaska relocation will also free you up personally so that you can travel more comfortably and with less stress than you would by driving a truck across the often harsh Alaska Highway. A global relocation service like Unipack will move your household goods door to door from any location in the U.S. to your new home in Alaska, often at a drastically reduce price than you would find if you tried to move yourself.

Adjusting from a Move to Alaska

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Moving to Alaska can present a huge change for almost anybody. People know that Alaska can get very cold and that their winters can bring a lot of snow, but some people forget that Alaska has extreme polarity in daylight hours between Summer and Winter, meaning it can be daylight for 24 hours at a time during summer and dark for 24 hours at a time during winter. The residents of cities like Fairbanks are use to this phenomenon, but it can take getting used to if you’ve just moved to Alaska and are not familiar with the conditions. has a very informative quote regarding winter days in Alaska:

“The most important thing to be prepared for, however, is not the cold or the snow, but rather the darkness. Mid-November to the end of January can be difficult weeks because of the lack of daylight, and many Alaskans take a one- or two-week vacation warm-weather vacation during this time. If you can do that, too, the lack of light probably won’t get to you. Of course, if you enjoy the outdoors, winter is a beautiful time of year — you’ll be outside with picture-perfect low-angle light and an Alpenglow that illuminates the sky. And by mid-February, the days start getting longer again and you’ll start to dream of another great Alaskan summer. “

If you don’t have a job when moving to Alaska, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the type of employment available in the state. Despite it’s reputation, Alaska is home to lots of jobs outside the fishing and petroleum sectors. During the summer there are many temporary jobs as hotel desk clerks, bus drivers and lots of other positions in tourism. Health care and transportation industries are also rapidly growing to due Alaska’s strategic positioning between North America and Asia. There are also many great government jobs available for people who want to help with Alaska’s vast natural resources.