Have you ever picked up roots - without any firm plans and relocated to another place/state - come what may? How did things turn out for you?

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    Jul 12, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    Yes. 15 years ago, after finishing college, i quit my job, packed my car, and drove 2800 miles form home to Seattle. I did not know anyone here. Found an apartment and started looking for a job. It took my 3 months. At times I thought WTF am I doing, but my own pride kept me from going home. I talked this big adventure up for a couple months and I wasn't willing to go back and eat my words.

    I would do it again, but this time I would need the job lined up first. I enjoy my quality of life and don't think I could manage to keep up with my spending habits and no income for 3 months. icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 12, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    2 years after High School and feeling a huge draw to move out west,
    I left Boston where I was born and raised, got on my Motorcycle and drove across country with little more than my Motorcycle tools, guitar and clothes.
    It was an "adventure" to say the least. I ended up in Berkely, CA where I sold my bike and bought an old van that I lived in for a while... eventually I moved back to Boston after living in San Francisco for a year on the same street a block from the Grateful Dead..... in 1966-7 Now THAT was interesting.
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    Jul 24, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
    so where do i start?

    after spending my first 18 years in Dayton Ohio
    I moved to Cincinnati to go to Architecture School
    during the bulk of my 7 years in college i moved every 3 months
    and co-op'd in a different place
    which brought me to
    Baltimore, Philadelphia, Taos N.M. & Chicago
    I took 3 months and studied in Nairobi & traveled around Kenya
    i was the most mobile person ever & was terrified of signing a lease
    after i graduated, i drove all over the west and up the Pacific coast
    throwing my resume out all over the place
    i loved Portland, but didn't stay (something i still wonder about)
    i ended up on a ranch outside of Kallispell Montana doing construction with my friends where i stayed till the cold and isolation got to me
    after a short stint in Atlanta, i moved to Brno Czech Republic (Czechslovakia then) where i lived with a couple families for a year and worked
    & had an overall amazing time
    i came back & was ready to start something
    i bought a burned out condemned brick shell in downtown Cincinnati, started my own small practice & have been here since (that's about 15 years now)
    i do like to get away & travel alot
    i took off a couple months and lived in San Francisco with my friend
    then, I started dating someone from Amsterdam and did move there for 18 months; it was a perfect life in many ways but there was something missing
    been back in Cincinnati for awhile - yes
    & i know I have a pretty fulfilled life & enjoy what I do
    my family lives nearby & that is nice (i don't have to spend vacation time visiting them & i can be there when needed)
    however, that want still lingers - to be mobile, to travel around, live elsewhere, have a more outdoors existence & roam with an international crowd
    i do have that to some extent here
    my friends all over (especially my Bay area friends) always try to coax me to leave
    perhaps with the right lure
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    Jul 24, 2009 2:41 PM GMT
    In early 2006, I sold my home and moved to Dallas for a job I didn't really have my heart or my mind in to....I moved here in March, 2006 and quit that job in June, 2006. I had no family here....and knew only a handful of people....once I quit the job, I sorta felt like "Why am I here?".

    It has really been the first time in my life I can say I've been totally on my own with no family or a partner to hold my hand. It's been a good experience, it's helped me become very independant, I've made good friends and I think to a degree, it has helped me build confidence that I am capable of making it on my own, under my terms.

    I have a new career, I love where I live and I suppose I simply tolerate Dallas...it still doesn't feel like "home" though. I always sorta view my time here as an extended business trip...I know I will return "home" one day, but I'm thankful for time I've spent here.
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    Jul 25, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    I would just do it!

    I have worked very hard in my life to establish myself and now am too scared to throw it away.

    It would be a shame to regret it. Look at me the pot calling the kettle black.
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    Jul 26, 2009 5:09 AM GMT
    Yeah. When I was 17, I packed up my car one week after graduating from high school and moved to Detroit, sleeping in my car until I found a place to live. I didn't know anyone.

    Years later, I moved to east Africa, sight unseen, and stayed for almost 3 years.

    It always worked out great; I don't regret a thing.

    ...except when I moved somewhere for a bf. THAT was a disaster. Lesson learned!
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jul 26, 2009 7:55 AM GMT
    I will be doing that soon.