Where would you go?

If you were allowed to pack your bags and move anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? What’s wrong with the place you live now? What does the ideal place have that home doesn’t right now? Would you move just by yourself, or shlepp the family along?

(inspired by Chaviva)

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  1. IMA2FOUR7 says:

    Aliyah without a doubt.
    As soon as the youngest(now 9) finishes high school –2019. They can come with or come to visit.
    Does make it a little tough to find a man–though.
    But none the less taking each day s it comes and enjoying as much as I can here on this side of the globe.
    Nice post.

  2. tikunolam says:

    Israel. Its the road not taken and the one I may wonder if it was a mistake the rest of my life. And yes, of course I would take the family with me. If I didn’t want to, I would be there.

  3. Mark says:

    To Israel, of course. No doubt or even second thought about it.

  4. Baila says:

    I used to say Israel, and 2 and 1/2 years ago, I did it. Youngest was 11, others were 12 and 14. Tough ages to bring the kids, but I was afraid of what Lion of Zion said.

    Now I never need to answer that question again, because I’ve come to where I would go.

    • Lion of Zion says:

      baila,

      my father had plans to go back to israel after retirement (he lived there for a few years way back). but now he has 2 grandkids and his wife has 6. they aren’t going anywhere. even if they wanted to, we wouldn’t let them. we need the babysitting!

  5. if the language barrier was not an issue, and I could get a job in my field, probably to a greek island somewhere. Or maybe Italy.

    More realistically though I would like to move to the midwest to be closer to my inlaws and that side of my family. Unfortunately my 2 job interviews so far are in the northeast and southeast. :( When I was sending out applications my top desirable locations were the midwest, the northeast (oregon/washington/nocal) and canada. Sadly I got interviews at none of those places.

  6. chavah says:

    It’s funny that you posted about this now, and the comments are even more interesting. My husband and I are seriously considering aliyah. Everyone thinks we are crazy. We are still in our shana rishona and don’t have children yet. These comments make it clear we aren’t the only crazy ones.

    • Lion of Zion says:

      chavah,

      if you can afford to do it (not a decision to be taken lightly), do it *now.* the longer you wait, the more reasons you’ll have no to go. personally speaking, aside from all my other excuses, i can’t imagine making my son undergo such a transition.

    • tikunolam says:

      Before kids is *the* time to go!

  7. Chanief says:

    I’d move to Rome, Italy. It’s one of my favorite cities, I love the art. the culture, the language, and the food. Where I live now is too suburban and the community is too religious for me. I always joke about picking up and running away from home but then missing my family and sending for them, so I’d definitely take them along.

  8. Z! says:

    I’ve already done it. I heart NY. And I get to live here with my bashert.
    Now, if my bashert had a choice- he’d def. move to Eretz Yisroel- as long as he knew he’d have parnassah.

  9. hamel says:

    I would go anywhere I felt my sons could live in long-term peace.

  10. duvii says:

    Eretz Yisroel, preferably Yerushalyim in walking distance to the Kosel. Going as soon as we can move the barriers. Getting closer every single day. It’s home, I feel it in my soul. I cry every time I leave there.

    • sheldan says:

      If it were Israel, I think anyplace there is good. I suspect that if my wife and I made aliyah, we’d probably be with her friend in Beit Shemesh. (I wonder if we could swing Jerusalem–Old City or otherwise. :-) )

  11. I really love where I live…but I’m cold. So right now I’d say Florida!
    (Just heard it’s 80 degrees in Yerushalayim today. Guess I’d move there.)

  12. Marla says:

    Home is where the heart is and for me that’s where my kids and family are. As long as I have them with me, I am just fine.
    That said, I wouldn’t mind moving us all to Israel if I could…

  13. yuyu says:

    Spain!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. sheldan says:

    When I was younger, I lived in a number of places, mainly for career and/or social reasons. I lived briefly in Atlanta and Austin, TX, in the early ’80′s, then moved back home to Memphis. In 1984, I moved to New Orleans (where I had attended college and had family), and in 1987 moved to the Washington, DC, area. (At the time, it was my dream location.)

    I moved back to Memphis in 1993 and have lived there ever since. My parents still lived there, and since things didn’t work out career- or social-wise, it was the best decision I could make.

    My wife and I have talked about this regarding retirement (in some 15 years or so) and we have thought of Florida (Fort Lauderdale area) as a possibility (definitely warm-weather destinations only). I am considering this, but if I retired here in Memphis, I would still be happy.

    Israel has also been on my mind, but since my parents are living that would be unlikely anytime soon. (A Florida friend of Nancy’s made aliyah and a cousin is a baker in Beit El, so we have information from many sources.)

    I’ve thought of the places I might live, and some of them include Philadelphia, Denver, Vancouver, and San Diego. (If it weren’t for the cold weather, the first two would be high on my list.) I think you can tell that one of my hobbies is travel…

  15. Chaviva says:

    Yisrael. Immediately. Jerusalem, to be specific.

    I can’t explain how my heart sings when I’m there. I sit at a coffee shop and glow. Just glow.

    Sigh. I want to be there so badly right now.

  16. HSaboMilner says:

    i neglected to answer my own question. without a doubt, I would make aliyah in a heartbeat. just breathing Israels air humbles me. Maybe one day…

  17. Woodrow says:

    Actually, I’d move to where I am now. I am in Toronto temporarily as a student and wish I could live there forever – but can’t (for job related reasons).

    • sheldan says:

      Nancy and I had a honeymoon in the Canadian Rockies (including Victoria, Vancouver, Banff, and Calgary). I can’t wait to go there again.

      We also were in Toronto, and last summer we visited Windsor. Canada is one of my favorite places.

  18. The Dominican Republic…just for a bit so I could properly visit with my family. Then maybe Los Angeles, because I really loved it there…the weather, the people, the laid back California vibes. Or the Upper East Side where my favorite synagogue stands.

  19. HaSafran says:

    31° 48′ 55.08″ N, 34° 43′ 13.43″ E

    Even though all of our academic degrees would be for naught, and who knows if we could make it there.

    Of course, ask me again on Sunday and I’ll probably have a different answer.

  20. batya from NJ says:

    i love israel (lived there 2 years-one during & 1 immediately following HS) & making aliyah was “the plan” when my husband & i were dating but for a variety of (my) excuses which included but were not limited to: the intifada, grad school when we first married, the distance from parents, kids, appropriate schooling for the kids, parnassah, cultural & language challenges, etc etc, we/i put that plan on hold indefinitely & i don’t think i regret it. that said, i am not completely satisfied with my life here in NJ but in all honesty i doubt that any place would make me completely happy b/c i truly believe that no place is perfect. utopia just does not exist even in the Holy Land IMHO even though Eretz Yisrael is certainly very special to me & will always hold a special place in my heart.

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