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These individuals moved to their dream locations in the course of the pandemic — here is what life is like 1 12 months later

For a lot of, 2020 will probably be remembered as a 12 months they spent at house.

Others took a distinct path. They packed their baggage and moved to locations that many solely dream of visiting.

Here is how they really feel about their choice one 12 months on, in their very own phrases.

From Boston to Napa Valley, California

Title: Ian O’Reilly
Occupation: Sommelier

Earlier than the pandemic, I used to be employed as a beverage supervisor in Boston. The restaurant the place I labored closed in March of 2020, and I used to be subsequently laid off. As I mirrored on my profession, I spotted I not needed to work in eating places. The hours and way of life had taken a toll. I started to discover the potential for shifting to Napa Valley, California, to be on the agricultural facet of the wine enterprise.

My girlfriend —  who can be a sophisticated sommelier —  and I moved to the city of Napa in September of 2020 with our two canine. I had no job, and I rapidly realized the job market was extraordinarily restricted because of the pandemic.

Ian O’Reilly moved to Napa Valley and not using a job; he now holds two positions within the wine business.

Courtesy of Ian O’Reilly

At that time, I used to be employed to host on-line wine tastings at Virtual With Us. For the primary time in my life I labored completely from house. I used to be linked with a number of different sommeliers from across the nation who had misplaced their jobs in eating places. Given the caliber of individuals on the staff, I used to be thrilled to be included.

Final April, I took a job as a logistics supervisor at a start-up wine firm in Sonoma however continued to host on-line occasions. The wedding of the 2 actually introduced my wine expertise full circle. I now handle a listing of tremendous and uncommon wines by day however I get to speak about them as a digital sommelier.

I am working much less hours and having far more enjoyable. Plus, the price of dwelling in Napa is about half of that in downtown Boston.

At this level, I’ve no intention of leaving. I’m a everlasting resident of vacationland.

From New York Metropolis to Greece

Title: Peter Despotopoulos         
Occupation: Advertising director

In New York, I used to be the vp and managing associate of a customized millwork store. I made a decision to maneuver as a result of I used to be genuinely sad there. I at all times felt drained and exhausted. I hated my job and line of labor.

Most significantly, I felt like the price of dwelling didn’t correspond to the standard of life. I used to be drowning in debt as a result of the whole lot I loved doing was costly —  Knicks video games, tremendous eating, live shows. The pandemic uncovered New York Metropolis as this actually costly, densely populated space with no pure magnificence and restricted choices for easy pleasures.

The price of dwelling in Greece is less expensive than New York.

Peter Despotopoulos   

Advertising director, Moro

In New York, I rented a one-bedroom residence on the highest flooring of a brand new luxurious 60-unit constructing within the Lengthy Island Metropolis/Astoria space. I now lease a two-bedroom residence in a six-unit fashionable constructing in an prosperous a part of Athens known as Voula — an space generally known as the “Athens Riviera.” I’ve a pool, and the seaside is a brief stroll away.

The price of dwelling in Greece is less expensive than New York. There, I had about $4,500 a month in fastened bills, together with $2,500 for lease and $680 for a automobile lease. That is and not using a cellphone invoice, medical insurance and gasoline prices, which my firm paid. My residence in Athens prices 1,300 euros per 30 days ($1,520), and my fastened bills prices have been reduce in half. The worst half about Greece is the value of gasoline — it is about double that of New York.

Peter Despotopoulos (sixth from the proper, in again) mentioned he goes to the seaside within the morning and begins working within the afternoon.

Courtesy of Peter Despotopoulos

Work is much less traumatic than earlier than. I work remotely because the advertising director for a U.S. house furnishings web site known as Moro. As a result of seven-hour time distinction, my workday begins at 3 p.m. and normally ends round 10 p.m. Greece is a late tradition — everybody eats and goes out late — so I do not thoughts the hours. I benefit from the seaside earlier than work and Athens’ nice eating and nightlife scene afterward.

I nonetheless take pleasure in going to good eating places and have changed Knicks recreation with going to the stadium to observe my favourite soccer staff, Panathinaikos, on the weekends. I’m going away to stunning Mediterranean islands on the weekends which are solely a 30-minute flight or two- to three-hour ferry experience away.

Peter Despotopoulos mentioned he traded New York Knicks’ video games for soccer matches at Athens’ Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.

Courtesy of Peter Despotopoulos

Virtually a 12 months later, I feel I’ve made an excellent choice. If you happen to make good cash in Greece, this place is a paradise. Being of Greek first rate, talking the language, and coming right here within the summers gave me a good suggestion of what to anticipate.

Do not get me unsuitable, some days are troublesome being away from family and friends. Adjustments like this want time and persistence to adapt.

From south England to Costa Rica and Mexico

Title: Alister Grey
Occupation: Government coach and founding father of
Mindful Talent

In October 2020, my spouse and I made a rapid choice to depart the U.Ok. with our 5-year-old daughter Rumi and journey while the craziness of the world sorted itself out. On the time, we had been dwelling in a small city known as Twyford. It was a brief commute to central London, which was excellent for our enterprise.

A stint in Bali gave Alister Grey the arrogance to run his government teaching enterprise from Costa Rica and Mexico.

Courtesy of Alister Grey

I might trialed working government teaching classes and workshops from Bali, Indonesia, for 9 months in 2018, when our daughter was 18 months outdated. This gave us confidence that we may work from wherever on this planet, offering we had an excellent Wi-fi sign.

We had been within the technique of making use of for U.S. visas with plans to maneuver to California when the pandemic hit. We determined we would not let it cease our ambitions to depart the U.Ok. and as an alternative seen it as the proper alternative to journey to a rustic we had lengthy admired — Costa Rica.

In January, we flew from London to Costa Rica. We discovered a dream house overlooking the Pacific Ocean in a spot known as Nosara. We woke as much as a household of howler monkeys every morning, lower than 30 toes from our terrace.

We spent six months in Costa Rica and beloved it, nevertheless our daughter’s faculty by no means fairly labored out. So we moved to Quintana Roo, Mexico, to a bit place known as Puerto Aventuras. Whereas visiting pals in April, we fell in love with the lifestyle there. We had been welcomed by a gorgeous neighborhood of pals — a mixture of Mexicans, Argentinians, Dominicans, People and Canadians.

Costa Rica was fairly costly. Our prices have decreased round 40-50% from there. Our bills in Mexico are just like the U.Ok. For instance, our three-bedroom 1,200-square-foot condominium prices across the similar as our two-bed semi-detached house within the U.Ok.

After leaving Costa Rica (right here), Alister Grey mentioned his household lives a extra lively way of life in Mexico, the place they plan to remain as a result of they “like it a lot.”

Courtesy of Alister Grey

Our high quality of life elevated with weekly assist from maids, cooks and nannies. We even have the seaside, tennis courts, working and biking tracks, and a golf course close by.

Transferring has been top-of-the-line choices we have ever made. We have given our daughter, and ourselves, a freedom that we’d not have skilled if we would remained within the U.Ok.

From Las Vegas to a nomadic way of life

Title: Bryan Conzone
Occupation: Proprietor of information analytics and advertising firm

We had been dwelling in Las Vegas when the pandemic began. I’ve labored remotely for a few years, however my spouse, Jenn, was a registered nurse. When faculties shut down and there was no childcare for our then five-year-old son and five-month-old daughter, she was pressured to depart her place.

The lease on our home was up in June, and we had lengthy thought of shifting to Texas. We determined to take a look at Dallas and Austin for a month every. That is once we stumbled upon an organization known as Touchdown, which rents furnished residences for 30 days or extra.

We ended up liking this idea a lot, it rapidly turned a dialogue of: Why cease at Texas? Why not take this chance to discover the complete U.S.?

Bryan Conzone mentioned the residences he rents cost between $1,800-$3,600 per 30 days, together with utilities, which is greater than his townhouse in Las Vegas however cheaper than his lease in Orange Nation, California, the place he lived for eight years previous to Vegas.

Courtesy of Bryan Conzone

After Dallas and Austin, we stayed in Las Vegas; Seattle; Salt Lake Metropolis; San Francisco; Orange County, California; Portland, Oregon; and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Once we left Vegas, we put our stuff in storage. We have simply been touring with requirements, akin to garments, computer systems, academic supplies and toys. It is wonderful that we have not missed being with out 95% of our stuff for over a 12 months now.

Subsequent up, we would like to discover Denver, Chicago, New York Metropolis, Boston after which make our means down the East Coast to Orlando.

A 12 months in the past, there was no state of affairs that I’d have thought we would be able to journey the U.S. so freely and discover so many locations. It is genuinely been life-changing and utterly modified the way in which we take a look at dwelling for the foreseeable future.

 Editor’s observe: Responses have been edited for size and readability.


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