I intend to move out there within the next 2 yrs or so. My way of coping will be to take as many personal effects, photos, pictures, books etc with me as possible, including my pets and try to make my new home as comfortable as my old (including a decent bed!).
I have decided the best way of coping with missing my old life will be to concentrate on what I will NOT miss, such as intimidating "hooded" teenagers (thank God my son's not one), the ability to go for a drink without worrying about a fight breaking out, the weather, being shouted and sworn at at work by the more undesrable members of society that I have to deal with and a stress free and happy life in general. Role on the move, the more I think about it, the more I can't wait