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Old 09-21-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Go west, northwest to be exact, seattle!
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:10 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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If that's the case? hmm.. I guess... Austin?
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:17 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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If you had 20k in the bank, basically no debt, a beat up car but will do the job, where would you go off to?

There's lots of threads about high rolling jobs or if you could live anywhere but for most of us that probably isnt reality. So where would you go if you had 20k in your bank and no reason left to stick around where you're at?

For criteria:
- Job market
- Cost of living
- Weather
- Outdoor Activities
- Quality of Life
- Air quality
- Access to other areas
- Great food
- Good music
- Demographics / Religion / Politics

I really dont care much about the criteria, only put it there as a starting point so the thread doesnt get closed, y'all can make up more topics, less topics, or anything else.
I am perfectly happy living where I live and doing what I do. But I would certainly take a nice vacation to coastal S. Texas and hang out for a couple of weeks at Charlie's Bait Stand, fishing on a daily basis and drinking lots of beer and eating Tex-Mex in Victoria. LOL

20yrsinBranson
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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If that's the case? hmm.. I guess... Austin?
Ive thought about Austin or Houston. Austin seems like it would be more enjoyable but I dont know much about the cost of living and job market there. I would imagine UT would be offering a steady stream of recent grads willing to work for less, no?
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:55 PM
 
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Nashville, it fits the criteria well even though you don't care about it.
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Cost of living is going to be a huge factor here. The cheapest housing is in parts of the Midwest. Indiana, Michigan and Ohio to be exact but the job market there is terrible. Taxes can be bad there too, not New England bad but bad enough. Your other choice is some of the southern states. Relatively cheap housing and low taxes make living here pretty easy. Jobs are also easier to come by here than in your Midwestern choices. Picking a location on either coast would eat up that 20k pretty quick, so the only way that would make sense is if you moved there with a job lined up earning a high wage. If it were me I would look mostly at the factors of low cost of living and a job market that is at least average. YOu would be surprised how fast 20k can disappear.
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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I would either...

A) Relocate out West...Denver or Salt Lake City...originally Seattle was an option, but it isn't sunny enough;

or

B) Get a new place in the Chicago area (either central Dupage CO. like Elmhurst or Wheaton, or some place in southern Lake CO.) and take an exotic vacation (New Zealand, Morocco, or Argentina/Chile) or a few trips in North America (Alaska or Newfoundland, CA or CO, and a few long weekend trips in the Midwest)...

The reason I would travel in option B and not option A is because I already live in the area and have an income source (knock on wood)...in option A my first priority is to get a job and save money until I have a job. Plus I'd want to explore my new area.
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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That's exactly what I did two years ago, and I'm still loving my new town.
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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I've been thinking about this. I'm assuming that you're young or at least youngish. So:

You should go to a place that is diametrically opposite to the place in which you are living now.

If you live in Toledo, for example, moving to Austin is just exchanging one city for another. How boring is that?

If you live in a city in the northeast, move to a small town in the southwest. Silver City, NM.

If you live in a small town in the Northwest, move to Miami.

If you live in a city in the Midwest, move to rural coastal Maine.

If you live in Los Angeles, move to North Dakota and work in the Natural Gas fields.

Don't be boring and just exchange what you already know for something similar to what you already know.

In general, choose not to be boring.
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