Updated 4:00 am, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Whether driving three counties over or flying across the globe, leaving the Bay Area is an eye-opening glimpse at how much of a bubble we live in.
Don’t get us wrong: A lot of that bubble is nice. We’re environmentally conscious, our weather is great, and it’s hard to beat our dining scene. But who among us hasn’t wondered while on vacation: Wait, could I live here instead?
For starters, traveling to other states and countries makes us feel like millionaires. From real estate to eating out, there are few places in the world that are expensive as home. It’s tempting to look at rent prices and imagine a kingly life abroad — although the reality of lower salaries quickly sets in after that.
You may be thinking of leaving the Bay Area in search of a more affordable to live… but think of all the things you’ll miss!
Media: San Francisco Chronicle
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If you’re more than tempted to escape the Bay Area’s oppressive real estate market, you’re not alone. According to a recent report from LinkedIn, Portland and Seattle are the top spots for Bay Area expats — although places from Sacramento to Austin are reporting an influx of Californians.
Click through the gallery above to read about the little nagging thoughts we always have — but don’t always say out loud — while traveling outside our Bay Area bubble.