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Old 12-08-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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Thanks again for the advice.

I agree with living in the moment and doing the things I want to now and I never hold back on doing things I want to do, but I also like being in a situation where I can save as well as do the things I like. I also have zero debt. My current situation has allowed me to take a week trip to Alaska last summer, 3 weekends in Colorado to snowboard, a week trip to surf in Puerto rico, a trip to San Diego, a high performance driving school in Montreal, as well as several small trips, all while saving money.

Moving to California would provide the following changes though:

Winter/Weekend ski house in Vermont with friends would become house in Tahoe.
Inconsistent surf in NJ/NY would become consistent surf in Central/Northern CA.
Camping/Hiking in VT would become camping in the redwoods.
Weekends/Weeknights in NYC would be in SF.
I'd also be able to get cheap flights to SoCal to visit friends.
Another thing is people in NJ are terrible and I think I'd fit in better out there. Even though this is the case I have a lot of friends in the new england area which make it managable.

I think I'm going to stay but have until next weekend to make my final decision so I'll see if anything changes. I think the extra $$ I save will be helpful and like others have said I will have better options open up when I have 6 years of experience. Who knows, maybe I'll even be able to take 6 months to a year off to travel in between jobs!
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:41 AM
 
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Don't forget to factor in if you get a girl friend all of the best laid plans can be blown up. Myself I would stay in NJ and bank roll as much as I can unless it's a once in a lifetime or a major opportunity.
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:04 PM
 
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If you can move to the Bay Area, go for it!! there's no place like it...I would give my left arm to stay there for good...
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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If you can move to the Bay Area, go for it!! there's no place like it...I would give my left arm to stay there for good...
I know, I know part of me is telling me to do exactly this...

Is a $80k salary to start with possibly a $85-90k salary by the end of the year enough to live a decent life and pursue my hobbies??? I'd probably find a room share in a house and live in Walnut Creek.
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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If you were 40, I'd say "be conservative, take your time, get your ducks in order", but you're 25.
This is the time when you SHOULD be moving cross-country on a whim. Have your adventures now, before you get settled down and tied down with house/family/possessions. What's the worst that'll happen, you have to move back in a few years?
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I know, I know part of me is telling me to do exactly this...

Is a $80k salary to start with possibly a $85-90k salary by the end of the year enough to live a decent life and pursue my hobbies??? I'd probably find a room share in a house and live in Walnut Creek.
Yes it is plenty. You'll be fine salary-wise. Just not as good as you have it in NJ.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:23 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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I know, I know part of me is telling me to do exactly this...

Is a $80k salary to start with possibly a $85-90k salary by the end of the year enough to live a decent life and pursue my hobbies??? I'd probably find a room share in a house and live in Walnut Creek.
It's definitely enough to get a 1 bedroom in Walnut Creek anyway.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:28 PM
 
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If you have a good job with good pay, and you prefer your current company, so stick with your job. You're still young, so you can wait a year or two, get more experience (and money), and wait till the economy recovers and you can find a better job.

I may want to move soon, but I'm biding my time till all my ducks are in a row.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Another thing is people in NJ are terrible and I think I'd fit in better out there.
I would leave the terrible people and make the move. No use in letting your soul get sucked right out of you in your mid-20's. There's plenty of time for that.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Moving to California would provide the following changes though:

Camping/Hiking in VT would become camping in the redwoods.
Or the Sierras. They are farther out (3 hours compared to < 1 hour) but they provide the larger, higher elevation mountain experience.

Although I personally like the Redwoods - they're interesting - the Santa Cruz mountain experience is not ideal for me. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains - dry, high elevation. That's what I'm used to. The Santa Cruz mountains, being as damp and dense as they are, are unusual to me. It's odd to be in a humid place where there's little sunlight in the middle of the day! The Sierras are more similar to the Rockies that I'm familiar with.

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I'd also be able to get cheap flights to SoCal to visit friends.
You can get these for about $120 round trip between either SFO (San Francisco) or SJC (San Jose) to the various airports around Los Angeles. The cheapest flights are consistently SFO - LAX but with enough advance purchase it's not much more to closer to your destination with a regional airport.
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