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Old 09-16-2011, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I think spontaneous relocation can be a positive experience if you are relatively young, single and have a realistic perception of what you can expect. We don't need nearly as much as we think we do.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:57 PM
 
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I think spontaneous relocation can be a positive experience if you are relatively young, single and have a realistic perception of what you can expect. We don't need nearly as much as we think we do.

I'm 27, not married, no kids, etc.

only thing i have is a job. and i am less than thrilled with it. tho it pays ok 45k a year, but i wanna move soooooooooo bad, just freakin up and go
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas / GV
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we did that all the time growing up... took the last paycheck.... filled up the car and where we ran out of gas is where we were living for the next few months... it worked out ok...
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:32 PM
 
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Getting ready to pack and go next week..................... No obligations but,to myself. I need a change of scenery bad. I say go for it !!!!!!!!!!!! Think of it as an adventure. Just research a few of the cities your interested in and check them out .
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:18 AM
 
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Yeah, I forgot to add that's just me, well and 2 cats. But no kids or spouse to worry about.

Without getting into any detail, things are not going as planned around here and I'm thinking I can not only resolve things in another state, but also save my sanity with a change of scenery, etc. Right now I am trying to estimate and save a nice cushion to live off of in case I don't find work.
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I do general office work.

Also, I know job situations might make or break a decision, but if it makes sense - I am not leaning toward one area more than another. Warm weather, preferably, no heavy snowfall or frigid temps. However, I am not dead set on, say, CA and CA only, nor do I HAVE be near a major NYC type of city. Small town is just as good IMO. Know what I mean?
I'm with everyone else it seems. If you're able to squirrel away enough to live on for several months and have little keeping you there you might as well go for it. I would warn against a major cross country move as that can be a shock to the system as well as an expensive move. Sometimes when one is trying to get away from a bad situation the tendency is to want to get as far away as possible, which results in a bit of overkill if you're to bear in mind travelling a few hundred miles from most anywhere in the US usually results in much different geography and lifestyle. North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida are much closer states with some viable options for you. Good luck with the move and search, let us know where you decide you're headed!
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:10 AM
 
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I have done that a couple times, but that was when the economy was better. I want to move to E. TN or SC now, but it scares me with the current job situation! My husband has a job here in CA(semi full time), but I can't find anything.
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Oh yes. In the space of a week, I packed up everything I owned save a few large pieces of furniture and moved in with friends 60 miles away from home. It was stressful and crazy, and I still had to find a job in my new place, but it has turned out to be an excellent idea. I'm glad I did so.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:19 PM
 
Location: In the Deem Hills of NW Phoenix
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After a particularly cold, long winter in Calgary, Alberta, I started dreaming about Arizona, where the owner of the company I worked for vacationed for the winter. I made this dream no secret to my husband, and he told people he worked with about it. Somebody from his work anonymously placed on his desk a classified ad looking for people with his skill set to relocate to Phoenix. Two weeks later I was living in a state I had previously never set foot in. That was '96 and haven't changed metro area since. Became a U.S. citizen this past January.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Central New York
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I'm actually doing this in January. Okay, so it's not completely a spontaneous move but it's a HUGE change for me none the less. I've had it planned since about June. I will be moving from Central NY to Louisiana. It's a move that is long overdue and I feel will be a great plan for me. Many things made me decide this. For one, the only family I have here is just my mother (which is great but can get a little lonely). The weather here is TERRIBLE. It actually just snowed yesterday (TOO EARLY! ) I planned it out to where I will have money saved (College loan refund and bonus from work) to where I can pay for my car and car ins for a few months. I happened to luck out and have a place to stay rent/bill free. The job outlook is not so good right now but I'm still applying and trying my hardest to find something. Plus I'll be attending school. Let's just say January cannot come soon enough!
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Outer Space
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I up and moved to Germany in 2004 with only a suitcase full of hopes and dreams.
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