Cheapest Way to Move to Alaska
Life in Alaska is nothing like what you’ll find in the lower 48 states, and relocating there tends to pose some challenges. So, if you’re planning on moving to the Last Frontier, it’s a good idea to learn what you can expect. Three Men And A Truck has been helping people move to Alaska for over two decades, and we’ve put together a guide to ease the process and help you find the cheapest way to move to Alaska.
How to Move to Alaska
Generally speaking, you have three choices for moving long-distance to Alaska: self-moving services, full-service movers, or rental trucks. Oftentimes, the smartest and most affordable way to relocate to Alaska is by going with a moving container service, or self-moving service. These companies offer the convenience of full-service movers, with the affordability of using a rental truck.
With a moving container company, you handle the packing, loading, and unloading of all your belongings, and the company takes care of the driving and logistics. This service is customizable, offers relatively quick delivery, and can also be used for storage. There are a number of well-known container moving companies, including U-Pack, U-Haul, and U-Box.
Another affordable option for moving to Alaska is hiring a freight company. In order to keep their trucks operating at maximum capacity and efficiency, many freight companies will now transport household goods. Though non-traditional, these services are usually offered by Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) companies that transport a lot of small shipments for a variety of commercial clients. Most use 28-foot trailers, which provide ample interior space for all of your household belongings.
The freight company will handle all of the driving and, with this option, delivery is available to most of Alaska’s major cities and military hubs. Alternatively, you can unload at the dedicated service center and hire a local mover to completely the job. Overall, if you’re planning a move to Alaska, freight companies are worth considering – especially for a last-minute relocation. Though, in most cases, you’ll be better off opting for a moving container company since their services are actually tailored toward household relocations.
Getting to Alaska
Now that your stuff is covered, you may be wondering how you are going to get to your new home in the Last Frontier. There are three main ways for you and your family to travel to Alaska: flying, driving, or sailing. The ideal option will depend on your specific needs, but it’s important to keep in mind that the method you choose may require passports.
- Flying: Alaska has a number of regional airports, with the main ones being in Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks. So, if you’re planning on flying into Alaska, you’ll likely land in one of those locations. Flying does not require a passport since you’re going from state to state. Direct flights are available from many cities in the United States, but some require a connection in Seattle.
- Driving: If you choose to drive to Alaska, you’ll have to traverse through Canada and along the Alaska Highway, also called the Alcan. The journey can be overwhelming for some, especially when you have to travel about 150 miles of narrow roads, with hills, curves and very few guard rails, as you cross the Rocky Mountains. Since you’ll be traveling through Canada, you will need a passport.
- Sailing: Whether you have some extra time or would prefer to avoid driving through Canada, you can take a ferry to Alaska from Bellingham, Washington. The ferry will take you and your car along the Canadian coast, making stops in various Alaskan cities along the way. Sailing with the Alaska Marine Highway System does not require a passport, provided there are no stops in Canada.
Life in Alaska
Living in Alaska will vary significantly based on the specific location in the state, which makes perfect sense when you consider the fact that it’s approximately 663,000 square feet – over twice the size of Texas! Some cities in Alaska are heavily populated with a wide variety of amenities, while others are tiny, isolated towns.
Whether you want to enjoy city living with all the necessary amenities or you’d prefer a small village that’s only accessible via ferry, Alaska has exactly what you need! Or, if you’re relocating to attend a University, as the largest and most populated places, Fairbanks and Anchorage tend to be the best places to go.
Can I Move to Alaska for Free?
It is a common misconception that you can move to Alaska for free or get paid to live in Alaska. However, after you’ve established residency you can apply for the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD). The PFD takes the state’s oil wealth and distributes a share of the annual portion amongst all the permanent residents in Alaska (both adults and children).
Ready to Move to Alaska?
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