We all dream about living somewhere else, right? Even if we love where we live now, it is the romantic notion of trying something new, something exotic. Am I right?
I posed this question on Facebook this morning, “If you could move anywhere, where would you go and why?” Here are some of the answers:
“I live where I most want to be. Not sure why anyone would do otherwise.” -Michael Troiano
Though I agree with Mr. Michael, I am somewhat nomadic in nature and like to test out places before I decide to hang my hat and call somewhere home. Why? before I commit to a significant move, I want to know that I can be equally as happy in my new location as I am in Boston.
For the freelancers out there, here are 3 ways to discover new cities and which location would make you happiest.
I. Air BnB: The beauty of being a freelancer is that you can work from anywhere. So, why not sublet your place out and try out a new city for a month. I love using Air BnB because of the built in community component, rating system, as well as the variety of housing possibilities. You can also use Craigslist as well.
NOTE: For extended stays, people are more than happy to negotiate on the price. So, work your magic.
II. Client Site Visits: If one of your client’s is based in a city that you would like to spend some time in, then negotiate site visits. Depending on your client (and your relationship with the client) you can negotiate an extended visit with them or have them fly you out and then stay for an extra week or two. Either way, you get the chance to be a temporary citizen somewhere else.
III. Language Immersion Programs: One of the biggest excuses I hear from people when considering living in another country is, “But I don’t know the language.” I get it and you’re not alone. That is a huge concern for many people. However, that shouldn’t stop you from testing a new place out. By signing up for a language immersion program, you’ll be able to work half the day on your client stuff, spend a few hours learning the language, and have a built in community of people in the same predicament as you. What could be better? For a list of immersion programs, click here.
For those who have a full time job and don’t have as much flexibility as a freelancer. Here are 3 suggestions for you as well:
I. Visit Other Offices: If you are working for a company that has multiple offices, then find ways to visit another brand or location. Maybe you’re collaborating on a project; maybe you’ve been brought onto a project and you have to go and work at the clients offices; or maybe there is a company wide solution that you’ve discovered and you need to train the team in another office. Find the opportunities that are readily available to you and see if there is a way to make them work.
II. Vacation: Instead of a big vacation to Disney (I wanted to say an island, but I would choose an island as a possible residence), consider taking a vacation to a city you’d love to live in. Also, take a few vacation days and extend a long weekend (such as Memorial Day), instead of spending that time cleaning up the house. It will allow you to at least get your feet wet with a potential new city.
III. Take Your Hobbies on The Road: Which of your hobbies can be taken to another city? Do you run? Why not do a race in a city you would like to explore? If you are in a new city on vacation or for fun, why not reach out to local clubs and organizations that support your hobby? It is a great way to get to know the local flavor and build your network.
What other ways can you think of that would allow you to discover a new place to live (and love) before you make the leap? How did you choose the city you currently live in? Would you go through that process again? Let us know. We would love to hear from you.
Photo Credit: Air BnB