At some point in their lives, most Alaskans feel an itch to leave the state. Some consider it a rite of passage and split as soon as they turn 18, while others take longer to succumb to the urge. Either way, leaving can be exhilarating — but we’re not always prepared for the culture shock. We know things are different Outside, but sometimes getting acclimated takes more prolonged exposure than we would have thought.
Here’s what happens to Alaskans when we decide to leave Alaska.