Have you ever thought to yourself,
Man, I'm really sick and tired of where I live. The weather sucks, its too quiet/crowded, its too hot/cold, I have no interest in hanging out with the people here.
or even something as simple as,
I've been living here for a long time now and I'm getting kind of bored of it. A change sure would be nice...
A lot of people can relate to that feeling. Even if it happened in the past or it was just for a limited time. Even if you have no intention of actually moving, you may daydream that it sure might be a whole lot nicer to live in a certain location you had in mind with all the right attractions to suite your taste.
Its a very common feeling but for most people, they can always think of some excuse or another of why it can't happen.
"I have a stable job that allows me to pay the bills and continue living in this terrible location!"
"I just got married!"
"I just had my second kid!"
"I've already lived here for 20 years and I'm tired of it... so I might as well stay here till I die!"
"I just graduated college!"
That last one doesn't even make sense but you'd be surprised how many people would use that as an excuse to stop them from moving somewhere better.
The environment in which you live has a huge impact on your state of mind. For me personally, an atmosphere like Chicago (brutally cold, gloomy, gray, pale) or an extremely small town out in Kansas where everyone around me has a small town way of living, I would completely dampen my mood on a daily basis.
In contrast, a warm tropical weathered area where its sunny and warm year-round in a beautiful city like Tampa, Florida or a developed foreign city with good accommodations, beautiful architecture, and cheap pricing like Budapest would inject my life full of color and make living everyday feel a lot more exciting.
You have your own preferences and they can easily be subject to change over time. What you consider ideal doesn't have to align with what I consider ideal.
The 3 biggest reasons why more people hardly even consider getting up and moving whenever they wanted as a viable option are
1) Paranoia about money
2) Over-attachment to physical assets and expensive toys (like a mortgage or a cool car)
3) Fear of the unknown
As far as the money is concerned, you'll always be able to find a source of income if you seek hard enough. Even if you're a 9-5 jobber, you could at the very least try your hardest to find a similar job in the area you want to move to. It might pay less than what you have now, but its all relative to the expenses of the area. And a lower pay doesn't account for the untallied luxury of living in your ideal area.
Or if you're an online entrepreneur, it would be even easier since you'd be getting paid the same regardless of where you live.
As far as mortgages and car payments go... there's no way to run away from debt and all I can say is don't dig yourself into that ditch. Or if you're in it, do whatever it takes to get out of it as soon as you can.
It takes a lot more work to come up with money upfront for a car or a house, but its more rewarding because you won't be tied down to it.
The only way to beat the creeping anxiety about moving to a new place you've never been to before is to just do it. Put one foot in front of the other, make the accommodations, and just go. Once you plunge headfirst, you'll realize its really not as scary as you might have thought it would be. If anything, it feels absolutely liberating and amazing.
You feel like a free man who's in control of his life and his destiny.
Every physical location has a particular energy or vibration to it that influences how you feel. Certain locations, big or small, may be linked to a certain memory or evoke a certain emotion or change in your state of mind.
Regardless of what's going on in your life, don't you feel a little bit better or a bright sunny day?
Would your state of mind be different...
Sitting in a boxed in cubicle among a rigid, plain looking sea of cubicles in an office building in a gloomy city where the atmosphere is depressing
a comfortable 10 story, well decorated apartment overlooking nice big park, with the ocean nearby, and the weather is bright and warm with a slight breeze?
(Of course it would!)
Unless your new accommodations fall below your threshold of 'acceptable', your quality of life would undeniably be better just by virtue of living where you want to live.
I remember what it feels like to wake up every day wishing I was a thousand miles away living a better life.
I know what its like to spend dozens of hours on Google images staring down pictures of a new city or place I'd like to try out and thinking,
Aww... I wish I had the balls to just take the leap and go through with it.
If you're a grown man and you're free, there's nothing in the world "stopping you" from changing an environment you're not satisfied with if you really want it bad enough. Sure, it might be uncomfortable for a few weeks, but you'll adapt and do whatever it takes to find a way to get your needs met.
Who knows, perhaps you'll wake up everyday and realize,
Wow. I'm so glad I had the balls to go through with it!