The improving economy has made it more possible to flee the New York Metro area. During the worst of the two financial downturns since the turn of the century the mindset and pocketbook scream: Stay put, don't rock the boat.
As the New York Post reports, 1 million have fled New York Metro since 2010. I was among them.
In April 2014, after a few good years in my business, I had the confidence and financial reserves to take that huge step. I had grown up in Jersey City, New Jersey and lived most of my professional life in eastern Connecticut. I had never liked either. But the party line then was: If you want a career in communications, you have to be there.
Because it was so scary to leave what I had known so well. I chose an exotic location: the Southwest. Otherwise I couldn't have pulled out of CT onto I-95 heading west. Telecommuting made me optimistic I could still operate my communications boutique.
That turned out to be a good move in that I saved a ton of money, paid off all debt and re-build my communications business for changing marketplace realities.
The relocation had been a disaster in that I was and still am too wired for that lifestyle.
This time it was to Small Town America. In my research for alternatives to Tucson, Arizona, I discovered that Austintown, Ohio was even less expensive. For instance, in OH, my car registration and auto/renters insurance are less than in AZ. Rentals are a bit lower in price too.
But the Goldilocks in me wondered if I could do better.
A few weekends ago I drove back to the New York Metro area. The highway gridlock was the same. The rest had changed exponentially since I pulled out in 2014. So, I ruled out ever returning.
Will I check off the items on my bucket list in OH? That depends. Clients and friends are chatting up Ecuador and Costa Rica.
Once you do one major relocation, you can do it again and again. The tough nut to crack is that first time.
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