Many of us follow the course laid out before us, but what if that path doesn’t align with our greater vision? Where is the best place to live and thrive? Sure, we’d all love to live on a yacht in the Mediterranean, but surely that’s a delusion of grandeur, right? If that’s your vision, why not work toward it?
Or, what if there was a sweet spot, a balance where you could love where you live and thrive? For me, living my best life means living at the beach in California. But it wasn’t always so…
It’s so easy to go where the work is, stay close to family, never stray too far from the nest. Playing it safe can be consequential as discontent stirs. So, have you ever stopped to ask yourself:
It’s a vital question that is all too often overlooked. Why is it important to ask yourself where you should live? Because this question enhances your self-awareness which in turn builds confidence so you can live your best life. Many choose to live close to a job they are unhappy at. Sacrificing wellbeing to live in an unideal location and work at an unideal job. So, what can you do about it? To start, let’s dream for a minute.
When you take the time to ask yourself these questions, you’ll find out a lot about where you should live.
Personally, I always dreamed of living at the beach but thought it unrealistic. However, as I grew into adulthood, I realized that mental health is my non-negotiable. Ultimately, I needed to live in an environment that was serene, tranquil, and low-stress…. aka the beach. Not only did finding my ideal place to live boost my confidence, but it lowered my stress, enhanced my productivity, became the source for unmeasurable inspiration and maximized my creative output.
Since I starting living in an environment I love, I’ve built a lucrative freelance writing business, written a fiction novel (notice I didn’t put *finished* haha still hustling on that one), recorded an album (releasing on all streaming platforms this summer!) and moved to an apartment with an ocean view. I’m not boasting, rather illustrating that when you love where you live, you tap into your flow and design your life according to your dreams.
Now let’s have some fun. If you had absolutely zero ties to where you currently live and could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? Write down your dream destinations and a few words about why you would live there. Here’s an example:
If I could live anywhere in the world I’d live in the Italian Riviera. The food is amazing, the water is warm and tranquil, and I love the appeal of a small Italian town where I can take cooking classes, buy produce from a local market, and write with a view like this:
Chances are, I may never live in the Italian Riviera. I haven’t officially ruled it out, but it’s not the most realistic nor affordable option. So, the next task is to ask yourself where you’d like to live that is more practical than your dream destination. It can still be extravagant and out of the box. Would you relocate to a new city? New state? New country?
I would like to live in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Housing is more affordable than beachfront properties in California, and I love the appeal of slow island life. Plus, I’m a water baby so island hopping and water sports would be daily activities.
That said, uprooting my life to move to Panama isn’t necessarily on the list right now. So, answering the question of where is the best place to live realistically will boil down to the nitty-gritty of daily living: logistics.
The weather has a strong influence on quality of life. The truth is that climate shapes our wellbeing, so it’s important to research what type of weather you love most before moving.
Things to consider:
What is your absolute favorite weather? Close your eyes and envision it: Are you cozying up to a fireplace as snow flutters outside your window? Or are you sunbathing in the tropics? Escape to your happiest climate and make it a priority to live there.
So, now that you’ve got your heart set on a destination, is it practical? If the answer is no, I’m not giving up on you yet so you shouldn’t either. Let’s talk it out. If your desired destination is expensive, research nearby cities, cost-cutting tips, and how to live in ___ on a budget. Seriously, the internet is a glorious resource.
For example, if your dream destination is Southern California but you don’t know if you can afford it, I’ve written an extensive guide for living on a budget in California. There are countless other blog posts like this available and at your fingertips. Use them.
If you have family ties or an established career in a location you hate living it, it’s going to be hard to move too far away without completely uprooting your life. If the ties that keep you where you live aren’t worth breaking, it’s time to compromise a bit.
How far are you willing to commute to work? Sure commutes are a drag, but so is living somewhere you hate. Remember that your life exists outside of work, and it should align with your greater vision.
Can you move to a nearby city that has better nightlife, more cultural diversity, a lake, hiking trails, etc. Go back to your list of priorities and research which cities check the most boxes. Answering these small questions will help you answer the big question that brought you here: where is the best place to live your best life?
There is no one recipe for happiness. Frankly, happiness is subjective and looks different for each one of us. However, your living environment has a monumental influence on your quality of life. That place you talk about all the time, the one spot you visited four years ago that you can’t get out of your head, go there. Make your dream a reality and start living a life of your own design. Chances are you’ll be happier.
Christina Lyon is a coffee-sipping, word-obsessed business blogger, content writer, and blog consultant. She’s on fire for helping creative entrepreneurs and small biz owners build thriving blogs that enhance online visibility and convert to sales. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves to play music and explore the beaches and wild trails along the California coast with her husband Steve and rescue pup, Clio.
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