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I'm a software engineer. I recently scored a fully remote job in the low six figures (<$130k) and now have the freedom to be anywhere. I've never done much traveling outside of my study abroad in Japan. I'm basically a shut-in nerd. For me traveling is basically going to be for the purposes of finding a place to live. Right now I live in Arlington, VA. It's okay, but getting tired of being around government people. I think I could find someplace better. I'm kind of torn on whether to move to a smaller city with a lower cost of living or to another big metro. The reason I'd stay in a metro is for dating purposes. I want to live in a place with four seasons that is beautiful.

Anyway...

Any places I should check out?
How do you get around without a car? Cheapest place to rent a car?
Cheapest way to check out a city for a week?
Is it even worth it to solo travel?
How do you "try" a place out?

Thanks brahs.
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>>2146295
*rolls eyes*
Why the fuck are there people making this much money but I’m 30 and have 20k to my name? Why? How am I supposed to endure existence knowing people like you are out there with an extremely comfortable salary?
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>>2146295
you make all that money but dont know how to google; americans are a joke LOL
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>>2146337
what's your excuse for being so worthless? you've had 12 years of adulthood

>>2146352
cope poorfag. this thread is gay though i'll give you that
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>>2146355
>cope poorfag
i make about $100k which is a lot in europe, whilst also being a better place to live
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>>2146359
you make all that money but still seethe about america 24/7 LOL
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>>2146362
>laugh at americans for being fat and stupid
>americans furiously respond every time
the easiest bait of my life
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>>2146377
the point is you have to bait us. we don't have to bait you because you're already thinking about us nonstop
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>>2146381
>fat, stupid american makes post about how hes so stupid and fat he cant work out how to travel in the year 2021
>laugh at him
>fat, stupid americans coping on the timeline
heh
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>>2146337
because he's american, and he has to pay for shit you guys don't have to pay for.

It's basically like earning 50k in france except you don't have to worry about tuitions, healthcare, and employment (because 80% of work contracts in france are full-time permanent positions). It's even worse if you have a family.
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>>2146295
Checking out a place you might move to is different than doing tourism.

Just drive (or fly & rental car) to the place and check in to a extended stay hotel (ex. Extended Stay America or Homewood Suites) or AirBnB.

Take a visit to grocery store(s) to grab snacks and food (eating at restaurants gets old after a while). This will give you a chance to see locals in the wild and let you check whether products you want are available and if there are oddities like interesting local dishes or restrictions on alcohol sales. Just in general a grocery store visit gives you a decent vibe check.

While you're there, look up places for rent on Zillow/Trulia/whatever that are within your price range. Drive over and take a look at the neighborhood. You don't really even need to see inside. The objective is just to get a sense for different neighborhoods in the city and find out what you can get for your money. As you're driving to the place, just try to grab the vibe of the area-- are there lots of pawn shops, check cashing places, and buy-here-pay-here lots, or is there a concentration of some ethnic group, or are there lots of bars and nightclubs and rainbow flags, etc., etc.

See if there are places and groups relevant to your hobbies locally. If, for example, you like guns & shooting, you may want to check out some of the local gun shops & ranges. If you're into adult competitive Hide & Seek, find out if there's a local scene and see if you can attend a match.

I used to move around a lot in the US for work, and I did this stuff. It wasn't even in an organized or planned way-- it seems like basic common sense to me. If I'm going to live somewhere, I want to know if I can find the products I like and pursue my hobbies. I also want to know what parts of town to avoid and whether I dislike the local culture.
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>>2146295
>How do you get around without a car? Cheapest place to rent a car?
Is something wrong with you? Just buy a car.
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>>2146337
Has someone held a gun to your head for the past 15 years and forced you to make bad life decisions?
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>>2146384
i'm even not op, cope and sneed

>>2146385
euro retard-tier understanding of economics and finance never fails to amuse me
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>>2146390
stupid fatty
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>>2146385

lol biggest cope Ive seem. Enjoy your nigger socialism
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>>2146295
OP...you work remote. Put your shit in storage when your lease is over and go around to various parts of the country in AirBNBs or something. Google "cool cities to live in in the USA" or "cool small towns", whatever.

>Car
Rent or uber breh
>Cheapest place to rent a car?
Probably Turo
>Cheapest way to check out a city for a week
Living in your rented car
>Solo travel
Depends on you
>"Try a place out"
Humans adapt to living in new places quickly, most cities are like most other cities and most towns are like most towns
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>>2146393
>his country is literally centred around niggers
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>>2146295
if you disclose your income in a 4chan post it's an automatic LARP to me
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>ANYWAYYYY
fuck you and your humblebrag thread
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>>2146337
Well what job do you have? Do you have any qualifications? A degree? Would you say your job has a lot of potential for salary increase, employment opportunities or not? Sad reality is not all careers are created equal, it's up to you to try and get into one that gives you what you want from your job.
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wherever you can afford a place with a view - be a shut-in hermit all you want, but splurge for a nice view
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>>2146626
I don't believe anyone who claims to be a software engineer anymore. They might as well be telling me that they're black & trans.
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>>2146651
>job
I haven’t worked since sept 2018. I’ve just milked the bux and got a 45k inheritance
>qualifications
Nope. Worthless polisci degree
>just get a career
No I think I’m just gonna work for a year then fuck off for a year until I’m too old and I’ll just kill myself.

For me to get any kind of career going I’d probably a 3-5 year project and I’m already 30.5 years old. I don’t actually trust myself to even see any kind of skills acquisition through to the end. I’d probably get the skills and then just not try to get a job. Best thing for me to do is the absolute bare minimum because I’m just chronically lazy to a dangerous degree
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>>2146295
>software engineer
Stop abusing the word "engineer". You can't even fix engines
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>>2146707
>On welfare and lucky inheritance
>Political science degree that you don't see the value in having (and obviously haven't tried to capitalise on)
>Doesn't want a career just wants to 'work' in random jobs and keep going between them

>"Why the fuck are there people making this much money but I’m 30 and have 20k to my name?"

Come on, man, it's a fucking insult that you even responded to my questions. Get a fucking grip.
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>>2146386
this sounds like good advice. I've never done it... but I've been planning to do this to where I intend to move.
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>>2146724
>muh insult
You asked and I fuckin answered
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>>2146295
>How do you get around without a car?
Outside of a major metropolitan area, a car is almost mandatory, if you're actually trying to live there. Subways are practically non-existent, buses have lousy schedules, rideshares haven't been organized . . .

Take my hometown, for example. There's a light rail system . . . that only goes to five different places. Primarily geared to the local college students, it doesn't stop at any cultural or shopping areas. Basically, it goes to dorms and classrooms, and nowhere else.

As for the bus? Yeah, technically there's a bus system. But there's only one bus on each route. Miss it, and you'll have to wait at least an hour.

Geographically, bikes are wildly impractical. So, if you want to go anywhere that's too far to walk, you have to have a car (or be willing to take a taxi/uber/etc)
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>>2146295
Stop spamming this dumb question, there are a half a dozen OPs with the exact same inquiry. Also stop larping
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>>2146295
i've been working remotely in software since 2017 so listen up

don't stay remote

the remote market is already saturated: your boss could fire you right now and hire someone in romania for 50 a year or southern mexico for 30 a year at the senior level. yeah offshore wont produce the work an onshore can, but companies dont care

i'm moving back to seattle. no more remote for me. recently flew out there and when my boss (cto) and i were stoned and drunk he told me he's sick and tired of this 100% remote shit and he wants engineers at least in seattle to hang out and at least come in occasionally

i'm getting a big pay raise when i move too (not to brag but i already make more than you now). dont fall for this remote "i'm special" bullshit. unless you're one of the founding swift engineers or you're a super fucking quant genius (which we both arent) you are not special: your boss will get sick of your shitty internet in tenerife or wherever the fuck you choose to move to and will replace you with someone from montevideo or an engineer local to sf/seattle/nyc

one thing you can never say: that you havent been told
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>>2146626
>>2146686
FWIW literally every incel on sosach's /sex/ claims to be a software engineer with a salary 10x times higher than average in Russia/Ukraine (yet they all still are incels). Looks like this board is very similar.
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>>2146295
OP I am in almost the exact situation as you and I am 25, I make only a few thousand less than you. I am in Bethesda MD, just a few miles north on the beltway. I also want to try someplace new and I want it to be a metro for dating. Getting sick of govt people too. Please keep my abreast of your adventures.

>>2146337
Seething wagie, I make your life savings in 3 months at the age of 25
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>>2146889
This is retarded. I just switched jobs last month to a six-figure remote job and literally EVERY single job I applied to was remote. Once you get past entry level, in the tech space, every job is remote. My boss’s job is remote. His boss’s job is remote.

Also I need to top secret clearance to do my job and thus my role is safe from all Romanians or Mexican software developers (lmao)

Your post reeks of experienceless seething.
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>>2147021
>I am in Bethesda MD,
Holy shit that’s where I grew up fuck you you fucking dork faggot. Fuck you
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>>2147062
What’s your favorite spot/place/thing to do in this town?
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>>2146337
You will stop being a NEET when you decide to move out of mom's basement or trailer, get an decent eduction, and a job. No bullshit online degrees. Get into a decent program of study at a respectable school. Remember: the job you have line up and the employer that you know by the time you are graduating is likely the one you will have later. This means that if the school doesn't help you with internships that become jobs, look for another school or program. BTW, internship isn't a bullshit course that you sign up for. A legit program in a legit school will tell you who the employers are, doing what, for how long, for how much, and what portion of these internships lead to job offers. A school with a good program will show off their list of places where graduates often get jobs. They will also give you numbers of actual alumni that you can call. (Although some crap schools will at least to the lattermost.)
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>>2146386
Staying in an extended stay place is a great way to go. You can try living like a normie in a condo with no long-term commitment. It gives you a base from which you can try to fit it, and the ability to walk if you can't or decide you don't want to. For that matter, you might decide just to live in these places. You could move every year or two whenever you get bored. Some people live in these places for years without moving. I have heard of individuals or couples who have lived in the same unit for 10 year or more. In some housing markets, it is no more or less expensive--and there is no deposit, down-payment, taxes, association fees, or maintenance.
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>>2146707
Get into an MA program. Steer clear of a thesis. It can be anything that has some find of placement with a future employer.

Instead, you could enroll in a technical program or in a few courses in which you can learn a marketable skill.

You don't sound like a guy you can tell "just learn to code". The above will give you the structure you need to get out of the hole.
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>>2146889
>>2147026
This is starting to sound like 2000--the dot-com bomb. In the 90's, guys were raking in big bucks. When that recession hit, the jobs were shipped off overseas. The pandemic and remote work are the impetus for this repeating. Frankly, I'm a little surprised that this is happening more slowly this time--but it is happening. I sat it out in academia. The pay was a lot less, but consistent through the ups-and-downs. The shit-storm in coming here, but I expect to retire by that point--and the consistency has made that possible. I wont need a paycheck to be remote, wander, coom, or do whatever else I want.
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>>2147547
Yes yes, any day now we will see the end of capitalism

Oh wait, after the dot com bubble burst, five years later tech jobs and tech salaries were booming. 20 years later and kids who know how to code can make six figures directly out of college. It’s like Bitcoin - even if you bought at the absolute top of the earlier bubbles ($19k), you’d still be 4+x what you bought if you just waited 5 years.
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>>2147670
>be me
>learned to code
>still unemployed
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>>2146295
Mauritius
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>>2147021
>Six figure income
>25
Bullshit. There's probably a hundred people in the country making that much in their first couple years out of college. No way you got a six figure job with that little amount of experience.

I call a larp or you were rich and connected already.
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>>2147533
>BTW, internship isn't a bullshit course
That's how I got mine. I'm 22, working remote for a company in the UK. Interned for them and it turned into full time. They pay for my travel through Europe, pretty great fucking gig.
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>>2147684
>There's probably a hundred people in the country making that much in their first couple years out of college
You've obviously never worked in finance
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>>2146337
Honestly anon $100k-$150k isn't as much as it seems. Been making low 6 figures for a couple years and don't feel rich at all despite living within my means
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>>2147684
Lmao poorfag detected. Finance, engineering, and Healthcare industries have plenty of people making 6 figures in their mid 20s. Even salesmen can do it.
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>>2147680
Keep trying man, that's really all anyone can say for you right now. Apply for every software job you see. Once you get that first job the second is easy, and the third is easier.
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>>2147684
Me, 25 years old, Computer Science bachelors degree from a state school, have 7 IT certs (from entry to mid level), have a top secret security clearance, this is my third job.

Graduate college -> IT helpdesk ($45k) -> promotion to tier II $(55k) -> promotion to Cybersecurity analyst ($60k) -> switch companies to be ISSO ($80k) -> get TS/SCI -> promoted to ISSE ($90k) -> switched companies to AWS cloud apps admin ($110k)

If you go anywhere near LA, DC, NYC, Chicago, etc., you won’t be able to throw a rock without hitting a 25 year old who makes six figures. But thanks for the ego boost. Also I am not rich, and I am not connected. Just kind of ambitious and smart enough.
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>>2147680
You need homelab projects and coding / FOSS projects. Even just stupid Python scripts that touch APIs for Reddit bots is good enough if you have enough of them.
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>>2147761
I have Javascript 3.0 skills from building porn games. Is there a job for me nowadays?
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Remote anon checking in from Phoenix today. First I want laugh at the poorfag in this thread who thinks 6 figures is a lot, fucking groveling faggor. Second - I've been nomading arou d the rockies since July. My recommendation is to book monthly airbnbs because you get a discount and a month is enough time to settle in. I left Austin and have now lived in Idaho, Montana, Washington, and now AZ. Will do Colorado in the New year. Get a good wifi box from AT&T or whatever, it saved my ass for my entire month in Montana out on a farm.
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>>2147759
God you’re so cheap. I have zero certs and 27 and I make 220k.

Stop being so cheap.
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>>2147918
I might do this when my lease is up for a max of sixth months.

Issue is that my lease ends in February. Where should I go (I work in DC area), if I am 100% full time remote.
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>>2148064
>February. Where should I go
Florida sounds nice, is not too long of a trip, and keeps you in the same time zone. I'm thinking Space Coast.
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>>2148067
Florida is right now my top pick for the first month at least. I was going to do Miami but I’m not really a big partier. Space coast is a good pick, maybe visit my buddy in St Petersburg a few days. I mostly just want to kayak around the Everglades and poke alligators with my paddle.
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>>2147684
Bruh you're embarrassing yourself. Obviously your local Kenosha race riot enthusiast is not making 100K at age 25 but the top ~10 of any non-meme engineering program (not even SE/CS) will be knocking on 100K after 1 or 2 promotions or a changing jobs for a niche application. As others have said other fields like finance bros, especially in high CoL areas, make money like that almost immediately out of school, too (once they're past the initial hazing years or whatever). You said hundreds but I'm guessing that there are tens of thousands of 25 y/os in this boat easily.
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>>2147850
No, learn motoko and any language that compiles to WebAssembly and become the first coder on the Internet Computer.
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>>2146395
This is my plan. Lease is up in feb, moving all my shit into storage and then I’m gonna enjoy my nice remote tech job from the comfort of an AirBnB in Florida (Miami, space coast, idk) for a month and then evaluate after if I want to do another city.
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>>2147918
>First I want laugh at the poorfag in this thread who thinks 6 figures is a lot, fucking groveling faggor
Six figures is top ten percent income in the US. It is a lot unless you're living in Jew York or Silicon Valley or some other super expensive area.
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>>2147924
I dropped out of middle school and I make $307k. Feels GREAT.
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>>2146384
>t. Mental gymnastics gold medalist



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