How to Live in Alaska by Ritika
Read on to discover exactly how to emigrate to Alaska…
Do you believe in magic? No? I did not either until I moved here and witnessed the northern lights – Ritika
Where are you and how did you come to be there?
I am currently in Fairbanks, Alaska on an exchange semester. It’s a beautiful town and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I grew up in a big town in India and then moved to Melbourne to do a bachelor’s degree in biology. Wanderlust hit me, hard, and I wanted to explore places one could only imagine existed. Fairbanks has a population of 33,000 and you could go across the town in 10 minutes. It is really cold, beyond what you can feel. It is very different to what I had been used to and I absolutely love it. Let me tell you a little more about about how to you could live in or emigrate to Alaska.
Describe your life at the moment….
At the moment my life consists of going to my classes, going to work, meeting people from various cultural backgrounds and of course exploring America. Campus life is huge in America and just eating on-campus gives me a chance to meet the people from my dorm, my department and really the entire university. I have friends from more countries than I can count and we love to talk about cultures. Studying biology has given me an insight into the evolution of humans and how cultural evolution is happening now.
What’s your biggest highlight about this trip? What have you really loved?
Do you believe in magic? No? I did not either until I moved here and witnessed the northern lights. It is impossible to believe that they are real. The night sky is lit up with the rivers of green that weave across the sky painting a thousand beautiful memories in your mind. While your arms and legs freeze standing in the cold, the lights make you feel warm.
And the downsides?
-25°C is really cold. I had a nosebleed a few times a week for more than a month before I got used due to the cold of life in Alaska. Living in such harsh conditions really affects your outdoor activities. No matter how many clothes you wear, you cannot stand still in the cold for more than hour. Waiting is hard in itself. Waiting in the cold is worse. To watch the northern lights, I have to walk half an hour in the cold while the lights are appearing and then wait for them to flare up for a good display. It could be anywhere between 2 to 4 hours.
Your number one travel tip?
Invest in a good pair of multi-purpose footwear before travelling that suits your destination. I bought really expensive BOGS for the cold and I have worn them every single day for the past two months. A good universal pair of shoes saves you a lot of space and weight in your luggage. For those of you even slightly like me who like to colour coordinate their outfits would notice that it significantly reduces the amount of clothes you pack. It is one less thing you need to worry about every morning and at the end of the trip if you have worn it enough you can just throw it away and use the space for something else. If you travel on long holidays, you will notice by the end of the trip that it was worth your money.
How exactly could someone else follow in your footsteps and move to Alaska? What could they do to travel more or emigrate to Fairbanks?
My piece of advice is to incorporate travel in your current situation. A leisure holiday is good if you can afford it in terms of money and time but if you can travel while studying or working it is even better. It is more cost effective in the long run and does not interfere with your life goals as much in terms of timeline.
So wherever you are, whatever you do, if you want to travel more try to find ways you can keep doing what you do or something similar in a new place. Also, adaptability is important. The less you try to find a travel experience close to your current lifestyle, the more opportunities you would get to travel or even moving to a place like Alaska.
Where will you go next?
Next on my list is New York and then Los Angeles at the end of the semester for a week each, purely leisure. I’m looking forward to the beaches, the big cities, the skyscrapers and food from around the world.
A lot of people travel just to different places based on the geography. Make the most of your trip and experience culture as well. Imagine your destination to be a human; the place is the outer beauty and the culture is inner beauty.
All words and images courtesy of the fabulous Ritika (Riteekuh on FB), be sure to check her out on Facebook and follow her exciting adventures. All images used with permission, copyright Ritika 2016. Now that you know all about Alaska emigration and life in Fairbanks, leave me a comment telling me where you dream of living!