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Old 11-16-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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Hey folks!

I'm a 23 year old guy that has been travelling for the past year, living across the country on short job stints and short leases. I'm currently in Atlanta, and I'm finding that it's everything I wanted when I first arrived, but I'm getting tired of the traffic and certain aspects of city life that I never really had to deal with everywhere else I have lived (small towns, small cities, etc).

I'm a Michigan native and a sucker for water. I've got a degree in Recreation and Leisure, so you can imagine that I'm interested in finding some employment that might mimic what I've finished my studies in. I enjoy the beach and warm/hot weather, and I don't mind winter.

With that said, does anyone have suggestions on a coastal town/city that employment isn't incredibly hard to find, night life is good (not just bars, but some culture and diversity as well!) and there are recreational opportunities around? As I said above, I'm looking for some great weather but I don't mind some cold. (Hint: I'm extremely interested in what summer is like by the water). I'm just interested in finding a coastal living situation where I might be able to settle in for a while, while not going crazy over things like rush hour traffic that lasts for hours on end, yet not being bored to tears without people to meet and places to go. I've tried the retirement community life, it wasn't for me. I need young souls!!

I'm very much intrigued by the "romance" of a new locale and everything it entails. New people, new scenery, new memories. You folks are playing a big part in that for me right now! Keep in mind, if a certain location sticks out, I'm going to be hitting the road and checking it out - so feel free to brag if you think something is worth it .

Looking forward to what everyone has to say, thanks everyone!!
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:17 AM
 
Location: NC
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Employment is scarce in coastal NC. You said you need young souls and are not fond of retirement areas. The only young souls around here are military. Coastal NC is FULL OF RETIREES. If you have your heart set on living in Coastal NC, Wilmington would be your best fit. However, jobs are FEW AND FAR BETWEEN, and the pay is what I consider below average. Best of luck.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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You might check out Beaufort/Morehead City. I'd come in April/May and see if you could line up a job in the tourism industry, or failing that, maybe you could be a waiter at one of the many restaurants. There's a distinct tourism season here on the coast that goes from Easter through Labor Day, then things quiet down though our warm Autumns bring tourists without kids.

Once the college students return to school in the Fall, some tourism/wait jobs open up, too.

It would be a way to get your foot in the door to see if you could find a year-round job in your field. Pretty tough in the winter to find work...
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:05 AM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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I read a quote in Rolling Stone, back in the early 70's: "The difference between laid back and boring is a million dollars."

Not many millionaires down here!
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I've got a degree in Recreation and Leisure, so you can imagine that I'm interested in finding some employment that might mimic what I've finished my studies in.
Do you have experience as a personal trainer? There are health clubs in Morehead City and Wilmington which might have openings. Keep in mind that there are lots of college age people around UNCW competing for the same jobs you are. I think you would like the area, despite the number of retirees.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:36 AM
 
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With that said, does anyone have suggestions on a coastal town/city that employment isn't incredibly hard to find, night life is good (not just bars, but some culture and diversity as well!) and there are recreational opportunities around?
Wilmington, Charleston, Savannah.

Charleston probably has the strongest economy of the 3. Wilmington has the best weather and the best beaches. I'm not sure how to describe Savannah. Artsy and dirty?
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:12 AM
 
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I suggest working in a college - even if it's not in the capacity that you want to work in right away - consider part-time employment. It is also a great place to meet people. You may want to take a class or two in something that interests you regardless if you have completed your education - you will be meeting people who share your interests.
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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Don't even consider relocating here; If you want to spend a summer -fine. I have a restaurant and 2 sons in the mid 20's who were raised in upstate NY. They both hate it here as well as most of our cook and wait staff that have relocated from other areas. lots of retired which is fine, but for young singles it is terrible. Huge drug and drinking problem with young locals. Large presence of Military families who do fairly well, but many do not like it here.

If it must be NC , then inquire about Chapel Hill, Raleigh or Asheville.
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