When I moved to Maine, I had just gotten out of graduate school (Geology/Geophysics) in New Mexico and just turned down what would have been a rat-race, but lucrative career with Exxon, who paid for my thesis.
Knowing I didn't want to go back to NJ, I got online (this is mid/late 90's btw) found some phone listings in Maine for Land Surveyors (which is how I had previously paid for college/rent) and found a small company that was hiring.
Drove to NJ, dropped off the wife and dogs at her parents, droove up to Maine and interviewed. Got the job on the spot. Couldn't find a place to rent right away, so I lived in a tent for 3 weeks (no big deal, I had just spent the past 6 years in a tent in college).
Finally found a place and moved moved the wife and dogs up.
I wouldn't recommend doing it that way unless you have some marketable skill that will get you income, or you're not worried about income (ie. trust fund or inheritence baby) and can chew up a year or two wandering.
Now I have 3 kids, and I wouldn't do it that way again, but I also wouldn't trade the experience for anything.