We regularly banter back and forth about where our journey will take us next. We very rarely decide on much (decisions are hard!) but we sort of narrow things down in a way to help us aim at a few good options. It’s become a bit of a stickier issue since having X; we’d really like to be closer to family (and I’m sure family would like to be closer to us) but the people I’m related to don’t live anywhere near people who will pay me to work, leaving us with this nasty geographic triangle to contend with:
Thing is, there is no perfect place for us, so we’ve been trying to settle on a near-good-enough place that will still make it easy enough to find work, to see family, and to settle down (for a bit anyhow).
We sat down the other day and brainstormed all of the places where we might want to live, if there weren’t really any restrictions, and quickly came up with a list of 14 cities across 7 countries and 4 continents. That got shortlisted quickly, but only down to nine, four and three. Getting beneath that took a lot of chatting, research, and coin flipping.
The biggest decision points ended up being:
- follow the best work opportunities.
- stay put; or move within 3 hours of both folks (by plane).
- a complete lack of interest in learning the nuances of a fourth country.
After restricting things quite a bit the list shrunk to a measly four places. Three of the top four cities were located in western North America, and all three are much more “where the work is” than “where the folks are” but none are anywhere near as far as Paris or Sydney. The surprise fourth option was: “Stay where we are for a bit longer.”
So, now that we have some idea of where to go, I think the ball is back in my court to see what can be done about the work side of things. I think the decision point will be sometime by my birthday, and July or January look like the best time to move for tax reasons. We’ll see what happens.