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Old 08-11-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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Hi everyone; I'm from the East coast.. and after college I plan to move somewhere on the West coast with my Major in Business Administration. Anyhow.. I've been to LA for a week and I absolutely loved it, and honestly I probably would end up moving there after college if it is affordable. That being said, I got a nice amount of money a week or so ago and I can warrant a trip.. on this trip I'd like to either vacation, or scout a new city to see if I'd like it.

I already had bought a flight to San Francisco, but I'm considering cancelling it because realistically speaking, It's doubtful I'd be able to live there one day, HOWEVER, I probably should go because I have not yet been to NoCal, and SF might be a good intro to it.

I have been considering:

Denver
Seattle
Phoenix area/Flagstaff
Portland
San Diego

Now San Diego is iffy because I hear it's the same thing as LA besides the big city feeling which I actually enjoy so going there would be moot.

What I want:

- That LA or West Coast feeling. Whatever it was.. it just feels right. Like I just felt amazing in LA and I love the beach areas, I loved the weather in November when I was there, I loved the people and everything.

- Affordability for the future. I don't want to travel somewhere I would never be able to move to because I may get my hopes up.

- Relatively big city; stuff going on.


What do you guys think I should do? If I go to SF it probably would end up being more of a vacation then scouting a place to live.

Thanks =D
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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LA is probably right for you.

Go to San Francisco. It's the most unique city on the West Coast. It's worth a look.

You might like Seattle too, based on the urban West Coast thing you like, though Portland is smaller and really cool.

LA is a world unto itself, maybe dive into it and really explore.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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Yeah I might still go; I just am kindof scared that it could be a waste of time when maybe I would have liked Seattle or Portland.

What sucks is I really know I'll absolutely love that climate controlled San Franciscan weather.. If I could get that with that LA feeling oh my. haha.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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The Pacific NW is cold, and not like LA. More uptight and New Englandish. It's cool in it's own way, just not like the West Coast you already like.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:09 PM
 
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Yeah I definitely hate the northeast uptight feel. Definitely don't want that.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Well, they definitely get loose and party up in the PNW, don't get me wrong, and they're less likely to ask what you do for a living right off the bat like they do in the NE. They're still "laid back" mostly. They're just a little less open and close with people they don't know. The so-called "Seattle freeze effect". Many say it's harder to make close friends up there. I base those statements on the opinions of many Arizonans I've known who've made the move up there to see what rain is. It may be a generalization, though, I met a lot of really cool people up there while I was there.

San Francisco is actually and culturally halfway between the SoCal thing and the PNW. It might be a happy medium or at least a worthwhile sampler of both. Then again, the Bay has it's own weird thing going on.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:58 PM
 
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Right. Yeah I just wanted to make sure that before I rebook or anything that I'm picking a place that's worth me going to. I mean once I really think about it, I really wanna live in LA as it is. Should I just go to San Francisco or should I go to one of those other places even though with an MBA I probably would end up being in LA and not the Bay Area. I love that Bay Area weather though.. it's a real shame. You kindof turned me off though with Seattle being like the Northeast though haha. If Portland is the same way, I'll definitely just keep the SF ticket. Ugh I need a good vacation haha.

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Old 08-12-2012, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Well go get that vacation, life's short. Visit Portland someday, it's a fun place. Good luck.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:46 AM
 
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Thanks for the help buddy; will do that.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:55 PM
 
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I been thinking about Portland this next summer.

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