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This week’s newsletter is going to be quite a bit different than normal…it’s going to primarily be a conversation among readers (and myself) and it’s an article that you’re going to want to come back to throughout the coming days to read and reply to the comments and responses. It comes, in large part, from an article (and 327 comments) from last February. MANY people made or reinforced decisions to do a strategic relocation to a permanent retreat location due, in part, to the article and excellent comments.
Well, we’re 18 months down the road and there’s a whole new wave of people who have decided that it would be a smart decision to relocate to a more sustainable living situation now, rather than waiting until the balloon goes up and the SHTF.
One of the most common lines of questioning that I get from people is about the “best” place to move to. The intensity of this question has been increasing as of late, with friends calling me up, telling me that they’re ready to make big changes in their lives, and asking me where in the heck they should move to.
My wife and have done considerable research on this…both primary research and secondary research through reading every book that I know of on the topic, as well as countless forum postings, and the only constant answer to the question of where to live is, “It depends.”
We’ve personally made a handfull of 1500-2000 mile moves in the last several years and our “ideal” criteria have been different each time. This question has as many answers as it has people asking the question, simply because of how different people’s lives are. You may need to be close to a major airport for business or to be able to get to ailing parents quickly. You may have medical concerns that mean you need to stay near a military hospital or another specific type of medical facility. You may have allergies or arthritis, lung issues, or other conditions that dictate where you live. If your profession is geographically specific, you’re going to be limited somewhat.
Wheat farmers and deep sea fishermen are examples of this. Wheat farmers won’t find many wheat farms in New England and deep sea fishermen won’t find too many boats in Kansas.
Regardless of what your criteria are, the National Association of Realtors says that 1 in 7 households move every year. The US Census Bureau says it’s as high as 1 in 5 households. Either way, it happens a lot. One of the ramifications of that statistic is that thousands of people reading this article will be moving in the next 12 months. Thousands more will move in the following 12 months. In other words, this is an important topic and your educated input could literally help thousands of people.
In addition to “normal” factors, like jobs and family, many of those thousands of people will be choosing their new state, city, neighborhood, and house based in part on how survivable it would be in the event of an EMP, currency collapse, infrastructure breakdown, terrorist attack like a suitcase nuke, hacking, or bio weapon attack. These events, and dozens more could all easily lead to a breakdown in supply chains and civil order.
The fact is, where you spend the majority of your time is going to be one of the biggest factors in creating a survival and preparedness plan. That’s the exact reason why I created the SurviveInPlace.com Survival and Preparedness Course…because most people spend the majority of their time in houses and cities that are a far stretch from being “perfect” but they need to have a practical plan in place to survive in their non-ideal situation when disaster strikes.
Does my emphasis on Urban Survival mean that I think that is the ideal place to survive long term? Frankly, it depends. Personally speaking, we have had stages in our life where living in major metropolitan areas was our best choice, so we lived there. Right now, the ideal for us is a semi-rural area within an hour of a few small cities and that’s where we are.
But what if something in your life changed today that made it possible to relocate to your ideal location—one where you’d be equally happy spending the rest of your life if no disaster ever struck or if civilization imploded in on itself tomorrow.
This week, I want to get a lot of input from you—particularly from those of you who have recently moved and from those of you who are in the process of picking a new place to call home.
If you are looking to relocate, what features are you looking for? If you have relocated, what features DID you look for? Regardless, if you could tap your toes and live anywhere you wanted to live, where would it be?
Would you want to follow the Mel Tappin model and look for a town of 10,000, hoping that it’s big enough to provide mutual aid and a wide range of skills but too small to support a large entitlement population?
Would you want to live in the middle of nowhere, cut off from society, hoping to be insulated from people?
Would you want to live in a tiny town, hoping to be accepted as a local?
Would you want to live in a city of a million or more, to take advantage of the increased earning potential, shopping choices, medical care, technology, and food choices for as long as possible?
Would you look for a city in the 100,000 range, so that you could have a taste of both big and small?
Do you want to live outside of one of these towns in an attempt to mix the benefits of rural living with the conveniences of urban shopping and job opportunities?
Do you think that the popularity of the Pacific Northwest “Redoubt” area among preppers makes it more desirable or simply makes it a concentrated target?
How about specific states and towns? Any “honey holes” where you love living now as a prepper or would love to move to? (Only if it makes sense to share them)
Kerrville TX? Mena AR, Angelfire NM? Montrose CO? Ft. Collins CO? Colorado Springs CO? Basalt CO? Prescott AZ? Carson City NV? Salt Lake City UT? Ogden UT? Sun Valley ID? Coeur d’Alene ID? Sandpoint ID? Spokane WA? Bend OR? Fairbanks AK? How about East of the Mississippi in the Appalachians? Or even other countries like Chile, Panama, or the Philippines?
In short, if you could pick your ideal place to live, where would it be and why do you want to go there?
Is there an established prepper network to plug in to? Is that where your family and friends are? Is it purely a SHTF tactical decision?
Do you want to move somewhere and drop out of society, or move somewhere where in the hopes of having your cake and eat it too…enjoying the benefits of both increased self-reliance and a developed infrastructure and a wide variety of foods, products, and services during good times.
Do you want to live in a “prepper” community?
What about factors like politics, gun laws, homeschooling laws, taxes, local views on alternative medicines, predominance of a “buy local” mentality, crime rates, great churches, etc.?
Share your experiences, questions, and thoughts by commenting below…this promises to be a fun and informative discussion.
Before I let you go, I want to share a little bit with you about Eric from Vision Gym. Eric works with professional athletes from the Major League Baseball, NHL, UFC, and more, as well as Tier 1 tactical units and his methods and techniques ARE “out there”, but they’ve been proven to work. In short, a lot of guys can talk themselves into training one elite unit one time, but you’ve got to deliver the goods to be asked back and referred. Eric gets asked back and referred.
It’s worth your time to check it out…whether you want to be able to see clearly without correction or you have perfect vision and just want to be able to focus faster and more clearly, you’ll be glad you listened to me on this one.
Oh…and all of the stuff about aches, pain, strength, and reversing aging. Don’t let disbelief about all of the side benefits get in the way of being able to simply see more clearly. I KNOW it’s hard to believe, so don’t. Just trust me on the vision part and see what happens on the rest.
God Bless & Stay Safe,