When I travel, I like to imagine myself moving to the places I am visiting. Usually, it has no basis in reality, but now that I have no job or significant other tying myself to Denver, it feels like this wedding trip and tour could potentially result in a move. Having moved hastily before, I now know better what background I need before I decide to move somewhere. Here are a list of ground rules to bear in mind as I am trying on cities for size.
- Wait until you return to Denver and have been there for a solid month before making any decisions.
- Don’t be deceived by weather. Austin, Texas could be lovely in January, but what will it be like in August?
- Do I know people who live there? Do they have all encompassing social networks that would limit the amount of people I would meet through them?
- Don’t move somewhere simply because there were attractive men when you visited. There are cute boys literally everywhere. Everywhere.
- Why do other people move there? If the answer is “outdoor adventure” or “legalized recreational marijuana,” it’s probably not the place for me.
I will likely stay in Denver, which keeps surprising me at every turn. Making new friends is really hard, and I’ve got a great social network there. But being away from it makes me realize how lukewarm I feel about the city and Colorado in general.