Since this whole website is revolving around our cross-country move (from Boston to Las Vegas), I felt explaining why we are moving to be a fitting first post.
Hi! I’m Craig and a lot has happened in the past year. Some good, some bad, but all contributing to our desire to pack up our life and move over 2,500 miles away.
- After graduating from college, I got a job at a small, private firm located just outside of Boston. I stayed within the company for 8 years until the owner got ill. He had to sell the company to the large, multinational conglomerate that we were partnered with.The remaining team members, myself included, followed the sale and we now work in a big office in downtown Boston. My manager worked out a deal where he could move up to Maine and work entirely remotely. He also has granted me the ability to work remotely as often as I want. I have yet to ask him if I could move far away and work entirely remotely, but there should be no reason that I cannot do that.
- Matt and I finally tied the knot earlier this year! We’ve been planning this wedding since summer of last year. It was the last big event hanging over our heads, we now have the whole future open to us to explore together.
- I just turned 30. It’s the start of a new chapter, the start of a new decade of opportunity. I’ve put many of my hopes, dreams and goals on the back burner; it’s time to go out there and do all of things I’ve always dreamed of doing.
- The 2013-2014 winter was absolutely brutal. Matt and I have become fed up with the shoveling, with the cold weather, with the short, dark days. We cannot do it anymore, it’s beaten us down.
All of these events have perfectly converged and have almost made the decision for us: it’s time to move. My ability to work entirely remotely, the desire for adventure and our need to flee the harsh winters has made us excited to leave.
Our first, and most important, criterion for our new home is mild winters. This is pretty vague and it opened up all of the southern USA. We needed to narrow it down a bit more.
Second, we then wanted somewhere exciting with lots of things to do, this means a tourist destination.
Our final criteria was population density and traffic. This criterion is a little more nebulous, but one of our biggest problems living around Boston is just the sheer number of people everywhere. This causes traffic everywhere and makes it impossible to get anything done if you work the standard 9-5 work day.
A few destinations fit these criteria; we considered Key West, FL; Las Vegas, NV; San Juan, PR; San Francisco, CA and New Orleans, LA.
Population density (and traffic concerns) whittled it down to just Key West and Las Vegas. It was a hard call between the two. We’ve been to both and loved both. When checking out the housing prices, Key West was far too expensive. That left us with Las Vegas.
So join me (and Matt) as we research, discover and plan our exciting cross-country move from Boston to Las Vegas.