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Whether you want to visit Washington State for a vacation, or are contemplating a permanent move, there are a few things that you will want to consider first.
Certain rules and procedures may differ from those which you are used to. By researching the different regulations, and considering what you want out of your trip, you may be able to better enjoy your time.
In addition to this, good planning can also help you to cut the costs of different events and requirements, leaving you with more available spending money.
1. Car Insurance
Taking out car insurance in Washington State, especially if you purchase or lease a vehicle there, can be quite important. Thankfully, a Washington State insurance credit ban came into effect in June 2021.
This means that insurance providers should no longer use your credit history to work out your insurance premiums. For those who have had problems with credit and finances in the past, this can then result in lower payments, as you will no longer be penalized for your previous issues.
In addition to this, you may also want to consider paying per mile for insurance, rather than a standard lump sum, so that you do not need to pay for any more than you use. This can be beneficial to those who only plan on using their vehicle sporadically, resulting in varied payments depending solely on plan contents and usage.
Depending on the month of your visit, the climate in Washington can vary dramatically. The summer months, from June to September, can bring some warm weather.
However, during the winter from December to February, it is a stark contrast, with cold temperatures, more rainfall, and even strong winds.
Therefore, you might want to consider what you hope to achieve in Washington State, and any sights or excursions planned, prior to deciding on vacation dates.
From here, you can gauge the most probable weather via the previous year’s reports, and then pack your suitcase accordingly.
3. Population Density
According to statistics in 2021, Washington ranks 13th for population, with nearly eight million people living there. This may mean that some areas can be rather busy, especially during peak holiday seasons.
However, if you have ventured or lived in states such as California, Texas, or Florida before, who rank 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively, you may find that there are fewer people than you are accustomed to.
By figuring out how many people live there, as well as how popular a destination is at certain times of the year, you will be able to make the best decision regarding location and dates.
Quieter cities or times of year may be better for those traveling with young children, due to decreased waiting times and crowds. While for those who want to experience life in full swing, busier periods or larger cities may be a better option.
Traveling to Washington State will allow you to experience the culture, history, and entertainment. Prior to booking your trip, you will want to take into account the above factors to help your trip go smoothly.