How to move across the country in a pandemic:
Step 1. Don’t.
Step 2. Just kidding. Stock up on snacks and coffee!
Step 3. Start looking at apartments on Craigslist. Only email reasonably-priced places in great neighborhoods, then realize they’re all scams and that’s why they’re reasonably priced.
Step 4. Make a Craigslist account. Report and flag all the scams.
Step 5. Create search parameters with price and zip code and square footage and dogs allowed, then set a timer so you don’t spend all of your quarantine days clicking through pictures of “spacious and sunny studios.”
Step 6. Narrow down your list of places by zipping around on google maps street view, picturing your happy legs running home after a workout--would you feel safe here in the dark? Trust your intuition.
Step 7. If it’s sketchy, move on, no matter how cute/convenient the apartment might be. Home should feel safe, you have the luxury of thinking so.
Step 8. Ask a local friend to check out the neighborhood to make sure. Perks if they can see your apartment from their living room.
Step 9. Negotiate your rent and start date in these “unprecedented times.”
Step 10. Sell everything you own. Except wedding gifts you got less than a year ago (great planning on our part for sure—why are kitchen aid mixers so heavy??).
Step 11. Find a smashed-in cargo box on next door, fix it with duct tape, stuff all of your duffel bags full of #flystyle and camping gear inside.
Step 12. Plan your road trip with stops in cities where you know people. Camp in their backyards and say hi from a social distance.
Step 13. Leave right when restrictions are being lifted so you don’t feel obligated to plan a goodbye party. Eat pizza in the park 6 feet away from your teammates!
Step 14. Go for one last run on your favorite trails, then hit the road.