A fellow monkey asked why I was on Survival Monkey. Asked what I was preparing for, basically what was my goal for being on a Survival site. He made me think, what am I preparing for. Short answer, I am preparing to care of my family more independently then I have in the past. If things break down, I want the knowledge to keep my children secure and fed. I was reading an article on Survival Mom about relocation (Strategic Relocation: ur doin it rong - Survival Mom ) . This is something that is discussed on most survival/preparedness sites. Relocation- establish or lay out in a new place. Many experts in the survival field feel that living in a rural location gives you a better chance of survival should SHTF. I have been a member of and browsing “survival” sites for about five years. I am sitting in the same spot that I was in 5 years ago. Will I be relocating upon survival experts’ advice: NO. Will I be in this location forever: NO. When first starting down the survival path, I kind of panicked thinking we have to get out, we need to move, danger, danger. Well we have survived and we have become stronger in skills, equipment and knowledge. It all came down to realizing that quitting my job and relocating all based on a “what if” was not reasonable or rational. I recall Y2K, I remember the panic that some felt. As Y2K drew closer and we read stories of people preparing for total collapse. My husband and I discussed if we should do something to prepare. We talked about getting a couple cases of canned goods but decided all would be fine. Midnight came and then it was January 1, 2000 the lights stayed on and life continued. But Y2K and the months leading up to it we learned about people who were preparing and what they were doing. Fast forward from January 1, 2000 to 5 years ago when I started to see signs in society that caused me alarm. Five years ago I started adding things up and starting to have doubts about stability of my country. I know economics, I know history and I know we were heading down the wrong path. The time is getting closer to taking larger steps in securing my family. Relocation is getting closer. As the article in Survival Mom pointed out: Like the article pointed out, relocation takes getting to know a new place. And financially it is best to only make that leap when you are prepared. Had my fears 5 years ago taken over and had we made the move while not financially ready, we could have been in trouble. We may have been in a better location but we would have been behind in preparations. Through reading I have a general idea of what I would look for when relocating. I have a list of what I feel would be good to have in a new location. My needs when looking for a new place- situation of land, water access, feel of the town or neighbors (I would go meet them prior to purchase), how far commute to make a livable income. Plus I would look for a place that maybe had established planting plots, fruit trees would be nice also how heavily traveled is the road leading to the house. Any Monkeys have knowledge, plans or hopes of relocating?