I have been thinking really hard about leaving DC and going somewhere else. For a while, I thought seriously about moving to Seoul. Then I actually visited South Korea, and now that idea is totally dead in the water. (More in a later blog post.)
I have a new city in mind–well, actually, it was my Plan B after Seoul–and now it’s looking like a pretty good option. I won’t name it here because I don’t want to jinx it. And I haven’t even been there yet.
Today I was googling “moving to a new city” and came across this quiz/article, “17 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Moving To A New City.” Thought it might be fun to take it. Answers below.
1. Can I afford it?
Yes. DC is like the 3rd most expensive city in the US, and the 6th in the world. I’ll be able to save some money, but not a ton, by moving away.
2. Do I know anyone that lives where I’m going?
A former landlord now lives there, but I don’t think she liked me that much. Other than that, no one.
3. What are the good/bad neighborhoods?
Good question. I don’t really know.
4. What’s the cost of living there?
Still pretty costly. Only slightly cheaper than DC.
5. What’s the job market like?
Good for tech types, but unclear for other industries. (I’ve applied to some jobs in tech before and never heard squat back.) I might just keep my current job and telecommute.
6. How much does it cost to register my vehicle?
I don’t have one and never will.
7. How do the school systems operate?
I don’t have kids and also nopenopenope I don’t want to think about this.
8. How much is gas where I’m going?
Doesn’t matter, because I will never get a car.
9. How long do I want to stay there?
Oh dear. I don’t know. A year? Maybe longer if I like it? I am deeply noncommittal and can only be tied down by a lease.
10. Do I really need this where I’m going?
This is one of my biggest questions! How much am I going to have to toss, given that it would be a complete cross-country move? Should I keep my bed frame? My mattress? What about my cooking utensils? My plants?
11. What is here that I’m going to need out there?
A fantastic Thai restaurant. A good hairdresser. Plenty of safe trails to walk and run on. Walkability and ease of public transportation. Environment-conscious people who recycle and are passionate about supporting progressive policies.
12. When should I leave?
End of July, beginning of August.
13. What am I losing if I leave?
The beautiful National Mall. The museums. Easy access to every embassy/consulate in the world. All the free cultural events. The privilege of calling the nation’s capital home… 😥
14. What am I gaining if I leave?
A new experience in a part of the country that I have never visited or lived in before. A much, much larger dating pool. Exposure to the tech industry. Opportunities to make new friends. Proximity to Asia. Beautiful abundance of wildlife and nature. Great coffee. And the opportunity to get a dog!
15. What is my goal for moving out there?
To try something new. To meet new people. To start a new chapter.
16. What’s my back-up plan?
Honestly, I don’t know.
17. Is this the right move?
We’ll see! I’m planning to fly out there next May to scout it out. Stay tuned.