The only action more head ache-inducing than researching places to move to is reading about other people’s search. It’s like diving into quick sand head first. There is no good to come from reading a stranger’s long list of things they want in a place. Perhaps for the stranger who receives tons of advice and insider tips on different towns, but not for the lost reader.
So the forums on City Data amaze me, but the ten open tabs on my browser have yet to shine a light on where I should go. So to keep things simple a la David Allen, my Moving Action List is continually limited to three things. Top on the list is to figure out where to go – which I haven’t come close to doing.
Because I don’t have kids and I work for myself I don’t feel weighed down by having to move with my industry in mind, or a care for the quality of schools. So what are the guiding factors beyond affordability and safety? So far, my strategy to figure this out is to lurk on the City Data forums in hopes of stealing others’ answers. And while I’m still hesitant about Vermont for fear it may be too rural, the people I read about seem to love where they live and take the negatives in stride – so this stolen wisdom comes from VT forums.
Year-round natural beauty / It’s the rain the makes it so beautifully green and freezing cold that makes it so white. Also it’s one of the cloudiest states.
Lower cost of living than NYC/ In general, it looks like salaries are lower and unemployment is a problem, but I work for myself and won’t be laying myself off anytime soon.
Outdoor activities – kayaking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, cycling and more /
According to rental listings, plenty of opts to have a garden!/ shorter growing season
Looking out the window and (possibly) seeing mountains /
No doubt this list will grow, but not tomorrow. Tomorrow my future entails surfing in Oregon. And by “surfing” I mean going to the Oregon City Data forums and then banging head against the table. And then Chocolate.