Pros and Cons of Moving to Alaska

by Follow Alaska

Hey, my dudes! I’m Daryl and Lynn’s offspring. Here are 10 Pros and Cons of moving to Alaska that I have discovered since moving here.

Okay! Coming from Texas, I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d live anywhere like Alaska. When my parents announced their plans to move here, all I could think was- WHY?! It’s so cold! There are animals that could literally trample you to death! (dangerous animals are everywhere, but I’m not used to the big ones) So, basically, I was in total disbelief, but after they moved here, all I could see was the beauty of this place and how happy they had become. So, after a few years, I decided to do what some kids end up doing- I followed them to Alaska.

Here is a list of pros and cons of moving to Alaska that I have compiled based on my little over a year of experience living in Alaska.

PRO- There are no snakes (or frogs that I’ve seen, although I’m told they’re here… I’ve always been afraid of both)

CON-Winter is really, really cold, and pretty long.

Pros and Cons of Moving to Alaska

PRO- People are actually really nice here (so much for that “southern hospitality”)

CON- If you enjoy city life things like I do, You’ll have to travel pretty far, and things definitely cost more.

PRO- ROAD TRIPS! You may have to travel to get anywhere, but honestly, I think that’s more fun!

Richardson Highway, Alaska.

CON- Have I mentioned the enormous animals that can kill you?

PRO- You get to see these beautiful yet dangerous animals almost daily.

Alaska Moose in Winter

CON- During the winter you will need to shovel almost everything out. Your car, your house, ect.

Snow covered car

PRO- There’s an endless amount of things to do in summer, and in winter.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Siblings in the Snow


OKAY, OKAY- Clearly there’s a pro for every con, but I think that’s a given for anywhere that you decide to live, and I could go on and on, but for today I’ll spare you. A word of advice from a Texas girl: Sometimes, your dream comes wrapped up in everything you thought that you’d hate. Sure, I miss the heat; I miss the access I had to random little stores and shops that I’d frequent… However, I think I’m molecularly suited to higher altitudes.

So, be a lover of adventure, and never be afraid to try new things and take risks- even if you’re just positive that you’ll hate them. Sometimes life will shock you. It’s sure as hell shocked me!

Till next time,


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