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Old 08-10-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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With no job, no friends, and no real plan?
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Kountze, Texas
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Nope
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:29 PM
 
Location: California US
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I don't see reasons to move without job, friends or family there?
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Old 08-10-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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Sure did! Hopped, well maybe didn't hop, but I packed up the car with all that I could(including my girlfriend at the time), "hopped" into the car and away we went. Started from Rochester, N Y and drove to Las Vegas.

Didn't even have one grand, but we got jobs pretty quick and ended up living there for 13 years. We had no family or friends there. Worked out pretty good but, wouldn't do it that way again. Next time, I'll line up a job first.
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Old 08-10-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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No, but somedays I sure feel like it.
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:20 PM
 
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Me too! A friend of mine did it back in the 90's. I didn't even think she was crazy because getting a job wasn't a big deal then. She drove to Vegas, stayed in a hotel for a few days and got a job. A few weeks later she was moving into an apt. She tried the same thing 8 yrs later when she moved to TN, she almost became homeless. Wasn't so easy the next time around. Different time, different economy. She said it was one of the stupidest things she ever did. Since she had the same job for so long and never had a problem getting jobs in the past she totally underestimated the job outlook.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:00 AM
 
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I'm doing the same thing very shortly...packing eveything in the car and driving. But I DO have a job at my destination.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:53 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Yes I did. I wanted a change and I packed everything up and moved clear across the country to California with no job and knowing no one. Everyone said I was making a huge mistake. Well, I found a job and made friends and it's now 25 years later and I'm still here in California!
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I loaded up what I could fit in the back of a Bronco II and drove from Delaware to California where I had two job opportunities. Without those two job opportunities I would not have gone but it was one of the smartest things I ever did
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Interim, USA
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No real plan? Yes, but have at least a general outline of a plan, or better yet, multiple plans. Have enough money to tide you over for maybe a couple months. Figure out how to live in your vehicle, which is not as bad as it may sound. There are entire websites devoted to this. A gym membership resolves the bathing/bathroom issue. Have a good laptop for job searching. And a good cell plan.
You may think you have enough money to make the move and rent a place. Unless it's REALLY cheap, beware. Most places in the US are suffering in this economy. Jobs are hard to come by. So maybe you have some mad skills in a trade that isn't struggling so much. You still might have a hard time, since you are new to the area.
So.....would I say it's a good idea? No, not so much. Would I say go ahead and do it anyway? Yes. You are still young enough to do grand adventures. If it doesn't work out how you'd hoped, oh well. Don't call it a failure. It's just an experience that turned out different than you thought going in. Great things can only be acheived by bold and determined action!
DO IT!
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