Livability: Why you should chuck it all and move to Alaska

Life was wearing us down.

My husband’s job as a soldier in the U.S. Army regularly included 14-hour workdays and long family separations. Almost 11 years in the military had brought the kind of emotional and mental baggage going to war often includes. As my husband’s health deteriorated, it became rapidly clear that what we needed was a lifestyle change, and not just any change — a really, really big change.

We wanted to find somewhere we could have a truly fresh start while focusing on our health and well-being. We needed a place where getting outside is a cultural priority.

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