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Old 12-22-2014, 01:06 PM
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Los Angeles, CA

Old 12-22-2014, 02:27 PM
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Money not an issue I would've like to lived near San Francisco. It's an incredibly beautiful area.

In general the West or more progressive metros in the South has always appealed the most to me if I ever got serious about moving far away. Though Northern CA would be my top choice I'm used to a lower COL so a place that would probably be a better fit would be a Portland, Sacramento, or Boise. In the South probably Atlanta or Charlotte.
Old 12-24-2014, 09:57 AM
Location: Back and Beyond
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I have a little bit different response that "NYC" or "San Fran". I am 27, when I was 23 for my quarter-life crisis I bought a truck and a 5th wheel trailer and headed off with "out west" as a destination. My wife took travel RN jobs for 1-6 months at a time. We avoided cities of any size and I took whatever jobs I could find. In 3 years, I have worked on a farm in Michigan and Florida, learned basic electrician skills while helping one out in Colorado, learned how to be a basic plumber doing that for 6 months in Arizona, worked as a carpenter and helped build a house from start to finish one summer in Alaska. I lived and camped off the grid in the remote high desert on 40+acres, learned all about solar and wind power and also lived off the grid in Alaska. I have driven the Alaska highway 4 soon to be 5 times. I have been to 37 states, 4 provinces and one territory of Canada with well over 100k miles covered. All the while, climbing mountains, going on backcountry hikes in remote national forests, and really finding myself along the way.

To show for it: I am only halfway done with college and have no real assets, but at least I don't have any debt. I have friends that have moved to bigger cities and got real careers, the mortgage and the whole nine yards. They seem to be happy, albeit in a different way possibly.

There are other options besides moving to a city to get a career. Not that there is anything wrong with that choice and that may very well be what's you want and what's best for you. To each his own... Whatever and wherever you choose, enjoy the ride. Don't be afraid to shake things up and make mistakes in your 20's, you can always be responsible when you're 30 I do plan on finally settling down now in Alaska after 3 years of travels, but have no regrets and lots of experiences most people in cities can only dream of
Old 12-24-2014, 10:39 AM
Location: Syracuse, New York
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Centraila, Washington. It's a little over two hours by train to both Portland and Seattle.
Old 12-24-2014, 11:56 AM
Location: San Antonio
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My early 20s self romanticized living in NYC, but I never made that leap and can't say I regret that decision.
Old 12-25-2014, 09:43 AM
Location: New York, NY
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As a young 20s recent graduate, I had (and still have) dreams of living in Manhattan. But after crunching the numbers and realizing that with my income I would have very little money left over at the end of the month to actually enjoy the city, I chose the next best place: Philadelphia. I love Philly and it provides an awesome and exciting urban lifestyle, but I'd still like to make my way up north to New York within a couple years when I have more money.
Old 12-25-2014, 11:05 AM
Location: Arvada, CO
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My significant other and I moved to Denver when I was 23.

I'm 31 now, and we're still here (we did have a relocation and re-relocation mixed in there though).

If I had been single, I think I still would have moved here.

Before I met my wife, I figured I'd be some sort of lower class single drifter.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:42 AM
Location: Austin, Texas
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I'm actually in my mid 20s. Believe it or not, I would probably move to the foot of the Texas Hill Country near San Antonio. It's absolutely beautiful down there with no pretense. I'd get a new pickup truck and go on drives to the lake a couple of times a month.
Old 12-25-2014, 12:12 PM
Location: Texas
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I'm in my early 20s and I'd move to NYC or LA, mostly because what I want to do is centered in those cities and NYC has always intrigued me. Later on in life, I could be anywhere. Who knows?
Old 12-25-2014, 12:14 PM
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PNW, west coast, NYC
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