Reasons Why I Might Move to Savannah

February 28, 2014
I've been thinking a lot lately about packing up and moving, and one of my top choices would be to go to Savannah.  This is not a certain thing, but I'm very carefully considering my options.  Here are some reasons why I think Savannah would be a good fit for me...

*My best friend was born in raised in Savannah and currently lives there.  Moving to a new place is always scary, and in the past when I've moved, sometimes it was hard for me to make friends at first.  Not only do I already have a friend in Savannah, but my pal that lives down there is one of my closest friends!  Also, he would be able to help me out a lot if I moved because he is very familiar with the area.

*I would be closer to my sister Denise, who lives in North Carolina.  Denise said she feels kind of cut off from the rest of us since we are all up North and is really encouraging me to move down south.  Even though I still wouldn't be in the same state as her, we would be able to visit each other *WAY* more often because we would be about 5.5 hours away from each other instead of more than 10 hours away.  If we met halfway, we could both drive less than 3 hours each and meet somewhere in South Carolina.  It would be so nice to be able to see her more often!

*I could escape the brutal Ohio winters!  I know this winter in Ohio (and in many other states) has been particularly bad, but it really made me think, "Do I want to deal with this again next winter?"  The temperatures are still ridiculously low in Ohio right now.  Last night when I went to bed it was 1 degree.  The guy I was working with had to go outside and change movie posters and had to quit before he could do all of them because his hands got numb and he couldn't move them.  I don't like winters in general, and this winter was/still is unbearable!  It's no fun being snowed in or having to constantly cancel plans because of the weather.  Also, my car does not do that well in the snow and I know I've been on the roads a lot this winter when I probably shouldn't have been.  At one point I hit some black ice and came within inches of crashing into a telephone pole.  My car also slid and my car went completely sideways and then I almost fell into a ditch while I was on the on-ramp of a highway because the highway was plowed, but the ramp wasn't touched.   If there was someone behind me that day, I'm sure there would have been an accident.  I know that the south also had some bad weather this year, but I could deal with one or two ice storms and a few inches of snow from time to time.  This Monday the high will be 16 degrees where I live and in Savannah the high will be 77 degrees.  Just sayin'! 

*Savannah itself appeals to me because it has so much more to offer than the town I'm currently living in.  The city itself is historical and beautiful.  There are beaches, lots of attractions, good restaurants, etc.  It also hosts a very famous St. Patrick's Day celebration every year.

*There are so many things to do NEAR Savannah.  Hilton Head is nearby, there are plenty of outlet malls, there are all of those islands to explore such as St. Simons, Charleston is less than 2 hours away...the list goes on. 

*I've already visited Savannah and liked what I experienced there.  Yes, I know that staying in a place for a week on vacation is not the same as permanently living somewhere, but during the week I spent there, I got an idea of the city's vibe and what to expect so that I wouldn't be going in completely blind.

*I'm not just sick of Ohio winters.  Lately, I have been feeling antsy, restless, and bored here in Ohio.  I live in a town that doesn't have a lot going on.  Almost all of my friends have moved away (or are planning on moving away) to more exciting places.  I don't really have anything holding me back or any obligations here that would interfere with a move.

*There are many more job opportunities in Savannah than there are where I currently live.  Where I live now it is very hard to find a decent job and unemployment is a problem.  I know that there would be more options for me in Savannah.  Also, I wouldn't have to get the reading endorsement (yet) to score a good teaching job.  It's not that I'm opposed to ever getting it, I just would like to actually teach with my current degree and then go back and get it so that I'm not even more in debt!











What I'm the most scared of is not having a job set up before I move down there!  I'm terrified that I'll move there and not be able to find anything right away and then get behind on paying back my loans and accumulate more debt.  I do think the pros outweigh the cons, though, so we'll see what the future brings.

Are you happy where you're at or would you like to move? 
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Lulu Abruzzo said...

Carolina looks so beautiful and the warmth sounds very appealing!

Pink and Green Mom said...

I lived in Savannah for nearly 3 years. We enjoyed our time there. We are now two hours away. You are right, it is a great location. Hilton Head takes about 45-1hr, Jacksonville is 1.5, Atlanta is 4, Charleston is 2, Charlotte is 5 and my favorite vacay spot, Miami is 7! You just can't beat all the great places in such close proximity! :)

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Yes, if I moved to Savannah I'd be a lot closer to the Carolinas, which is a plus in my book!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

i have never visited savannah but it looks so pretty! there's something so warm and welcoming about the south, though.

i love toronto; i don't think i'd ever move unless it was to Vancouver

-kathy | Vodka and Soda

Kat @ Kat Katastrophe said...

Savannah is so pretty! I've always wanted to visit!

I'd honestly love to move out to where my Grandma lives in California. I just love it!

Neatly- Packaged said...

You only live once! I say pack up and move!!! :) Right now you have the flexibility to move wherever you like and be happy :) I wish I could move. I have always wanted to stay in Texas but if I had to move, I would move to Germany :) I love the way life is over there.

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Lisa C said...

I loved Savannah when we went last summer. I've spent most of my life in the South, and I love it.

Rebecca B. Bird said...

Warmer weather is definitely an incentive to move. You could always put feelers out for jobs now and see if anyone takes notice... can't hurt! I randomly picked up and moved from the east coast to Chicago about 10 years ago just because I needed a change, and it worked out for me. I totally didn't end up homeless or dead or anything. ;) It gets harder to pick up and start new adventures like that as you get older, so take a chance and do it if you can!

Savanna said...

Also, and most importantly - the name of the town itself is amazing! ;)

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Ohhh you should totally do it- I love Savannah!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I've never been to any of those places besides Atlanta, and that was only one night. I'd love to move to a good base so that I can explore the South more! I didn't realize Jacksonville was so close, but I guess it makes sense when you look at a map!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I like Toronto, too, but probably couldn't deal with living in a place colder than Ohio. I have some friends that are from there and still currently live in Toronto, the capital of Canada. (Hahaha...that was a joke. I know how badly that pisses most Canadians off.)

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Where does she live in CA? I've only been to San Francisco and to L.A. That is a state I'd like to do a lot more exploring in. Visiting Napa Valley is on my bucket list!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

That surprised me!! I thought for sure that you'd want to move to France. I guess in Germany, you'd still be close to France, though. ;)

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

My sister tells me constantly how much she prefers living in the South over the North. She tries to convince me every chance she gets to move because she loves it so much and thinks that I will, too.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Savannah is one of the places that I'm considering. I'm almost positive I will move over the summer because I feel like there are very limited opportunities where I'm currently at and I really don't want to sub again next year.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Haha! I really do like it as a girl's name! I taught a student named Savannah and she was a real cutie, so thankfully she didn't ruin the name for me. ;)

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I really am thinking about it and have been for quite some time. I wouldn't go until after May since I have sub jobs lined up that far in advance.

Kiki said...

Savannah sounds amazing from everything I have heard and anyone that goes to visit always raves about it. I myself would like to move somewhere else in the next few years, preferably somewhere a bit warmer and closer to family.

Lora Ashley said...

I miss the south so much. I moved to Indiana about a year and a half ago but the south still has my heart. While I'm thankful to have moved here I do miss my southern roots.

Good luck on everything if you decide moving is what you wish to do :)

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I can totally understand how you'd want to get away from the cold. Some people love it, but it's certainly not for everyone.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

That's how my friend felt, but then he eventually just moved back to Savannah. He says he just misses Ohio in the fall. Thanks for the well wishes. :)

Autumn Christie-Ousley said...

I feel you! I am really wanting to move down south too! I want to live in North Carolina so bad! I'm getting restless as well, I feel like all I do is work and then when I have a day off I just want to sit at home because I'm so tired from the previous work week!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

We should both move down South so at least we'd have someone down there to hang out with. :)

Jenn @ hello, rigby! said...

it sounds like you've already made up your mind... so i say do it! i've always loved seattle - yes it rains, but we also don't get the extreme hot and cold seasons either! i really can't imagine living anywhere else long-term.

xo. jenn @ hello, rigby!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

My mind is made up that I'm moving somewhere soon!! Savannah is one of my top choices, but I also have a few other places in mind.

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