... do you? I've lived in CT my whole life. I'm 30 and single/divorced. I currently have a girlfriend of 3 years. We are both in the medical field. I own a house with a good amount a positive equity and I'm looking to sell... I've really been considering getting the hell out of the north east. Actually I'm 100% set on it. I don't like the weather, taxes, and general lack of anything worth paying a premium for. I don't have much family, and once my house I sold, there's nothing keeping me/us here. I want to move to a pro-gun state, where the winters are not quite as brutal as up north. I want a 3-4 bedroom home on ideally 5 or more acres where I have total privacy and can shoot on my own land... I plan on buying the property outright or close to it, an if I do mortgage a portion I plan on paying it off inside of 5 years. I've realized that staying where I am will make retirement or anything close to it impossible. If I move south/southwest and have no mortgage, my revolving expenses being limited to insurance, utilities, and a FRACTION of the taxes I'm used to. My current mortgage includes the $5,000+ annual property tax on my <1 acre, 3 bedroom home. I will be saving at least $2000 a month. I'll be able to work where/when/how I want instead of being forced to work like a mule just to cover the nut. I will be able to actually enjoy life! All I want is my land, my freedom, a home shooting range, stable for my motorcycles, and to end each day with the satisfaction that I am doing exactly what I want to do. People tell me: There's no work out there! Wages are so much lower out there! You'll be back before you know it! My defense is that I'm being relieved of over $2000/month in expenses. They don't understand that if you move to a place with a lower cost of living, it only works if you can go with capital to lower your expenses to start with. I could take a 30% cut in wages an still be on top! Tell me I'm not crazy. Tell me what I want is not unrealistic. Tell me I won't regret leaving this godforsaken place and that I'll never look back!