I've been reading Kenneth's thread (about whether to move or stay) with interest. I am curious -- what has been your experience when you moved...did your "baggage" follow you? Or not? We have a situation kinda like Kenneth's. We have 10 acres, a home, NO mortgage, no debt except for low student loan balance. My husband does not like it here, and is convinced that there's a "black cloud" over the region. He longs to return to the area of the country he grew up in. (northern New England, possibly even eastern Canada). I grew up in this state. To me, this is one of the prettiest parts of the state. It is also a weird part. I've had my exasperations with certain things, but I think you might find these things anywhere. I also have an adventurous streak. It WOULD be fun to live somewhere else. AND I am terrifically conservative when it comes to money. Moving, as someone else said, is spendy. I don't see any way around that. We don't have lots of $$$ to throw around. I hate the thought of going into debt again. Wherever we go or stay, we want rural and quiet and we want to continue homesteading. There are very few places we could move in the country with the same low cost of living. And, it is getting busier and busier around here. We live near a high $$$ lake that's being developed to the max. Just wondering if anyone of you have any thoughts, to help me think about this. thank you.