For many, 2020 is remembered as the year they spent at home.
Others have taken a different route. He packed his bags and went to a place many people only dreamed of going to.
This is how he feels in his own words about his decision a year later.
Boston to Napa Valley, California
Name: Ian O’Reilly
Before the pandemic, he was hired as a beverage manager in Boston. The restaurant I worked in closed in March 2020 and was later fired. Looking back on my career, I realized I didn’t want to work in a restaurant. Time and lifestyle have been sacrificed. I began to explore the possibility of moving to Napa Valley, California, to stand on the agricultural side of the wine business.
My girlfriend, who is also a senior attendant, and I moved to downtown Napa with two dogs in September 2020. I quickly realized that I had no work and the market for work was very limited due to the pandemic.
Ian O’Reilly moved to Napa Valley without work. He currently holds two positions in the wine industry.
Courtesy of Ian O’Reilly
At the time, I was hired to host an online wine tasting at Virtual With Us. I worked at home for the first time in my life. I connected with sommeliers across the country who lost their jobs at restaurants. Seeing the capabilities of the team members, I was excited to participate.
Last April, I got a job as a logistics manager at Sonoma’s emerging wine company, but continued to host online events. The marriage of the two really changed my wine experience. I currently manage a daily list of fine and rare wines, but I started talking about them as a virtual hostess.
I work less time and have more fun. Plus, living in Napa is about half the cost of downtown Boston.
At this time, I’m not leaving. I am a permanent resident of a leisure area.
from New York City to Greece
Name: Peter Despotopoulos
Occupation: Marketing Director
In New York, I was the vice president and managing partner of a custom woodworking store. I was really sad so I decided to move on. I was always tired and tired. I hated my work and work flow.
Most importantly, I felt that my living expenses were not commensurate with my quality of life. Everything I loved, including Knicks games, fine dining, and concerts, was so expensive I was going into debt. The pandemic has exposed New York City to this highly expensive and densely populated area with no natural beauty and limited options for simple enjoyment.
In New York, we rented a one bedroom apartment on the top floor of a new luxury 60-unit building in the Long Island City/Astoria area. I am now renting a two bedroom apartment in a six-unit modern building in an affluent area of Athens called Voula, better known as the “Riviera of Athens”. I have a pool, and the beach is a short walk away.
The cost of living in Greece is much cheaper than in New York. There were fixed costs of about $4,500 per month, including $2,500 for rent and $680 for car leases. This is no cell phone invoice, health insurance and gas cost paid by my company. The cost of my apartment in Athens was €1,300 ($1,520) per month, and the fixed cost was halved. The worst part of Greece is the price of gas – which is almost double that of New York.
Peter Despotopoulos (sixth from right, back) said he would go to the beach in the morning and start working in the afternoon.
Courtesy of Peter Despotofolos
Work is less stressful than before. I work remotely as the Marketing Director for an American furniture website called Moro. Due to the 7 hour time difference, my work day starts at 3 pm and usually ends around 10 pm. Greece is a slow culture. Everyone eats and goes out late, so we don’t care about the time. I enjoy the beach before work and the amazing food and nightlife scenes in Athens after work.
I still enjoy going to nice restaurants and going to the stadium instead of a Knicks game on the weekends to see my favorite soccer team, the Panathinaikos. I go to the beautiful Mediterranean islands on the weekend. It is only 30 minutes by plane and 2-3 hours by ferry.
Peter Despotpros said he exchanged a New York Knicks match for a football match at Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium in Athens.
Courtesy of Peter Despotofolos
About a year later, I think I made a good decision. If you make good money in Greece, this place is heaven. Speaking good Greek and coming here in the summer gave me a good idea of what to do.
Do not get me wrong. There are days when it is difficult to be away from friends and family. Adapting to these changes requires time and patience.
South from England to Costa Rica and Mexico
Name: Alistair Gray
Occupation: Mindful Talent Executive Coach and Founder
In October 2020, my wife and I decided to leave and travel to the UK with our soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter, Rumi, while Madness of the World was being held. At that time we lived in a small town called Twiford. A short trip to central London was perfect for our business.
The stint in Bali gave Alistair Gray the confidence to run an executive coaching business from Costa Rica and Mexico.
Courtesy of Alistair Gray
When my daughter was 18 months old, I tried running an executive coaching session and workshop in Bali, Indonesia for 9 months in 2018. This made me believe that if I had a good Wi-Fi signal, I could work from anywhere in the world. .
We were in the process of applying for a US visa with plans to go to California in the event of a pandemic. We have decided not to stifle our ambitions to leave the UK, but see this as a great opportunity to visit Costa Rica, a country we have long admired.
I flew from London to Costa Rica in January. I found a dream home in Nosara with views of the Pacific Ocean. Within 30 feet of the ceiling, I woke up to the howler monkey family every morning.
We spent six months in Costa Rica and loved it, but my daughter’s school didn’t go well. So I moved to a little place called Puerto Aventuras in Quintana Roo, Mexico. When I went to visit my friend in April, I was absorbed in life there. We were greeted by a community of lovely friends with a mix of Mexicans, Argentines, Dominicans, Americans and Canadians.
Costa Rica was quite expensive. From there our cost has come down by about 40-50%. The cost in Mexico is the same as in the UK. For example, a three-bedroom 1,200-square-foot condo costs about the same as a two-bed semi-detached house in the United Kingdom.
After leaving Costa Rica (here), Alistair Gray said his family had a more active lifestyle in Mexico.
Courtesy of Alistair Gray
Our quality of life has improved with weekly help from maids, cooks and nannies. There are also beaches, tennis courts, running tracks, cycling tracks and golf courses nearby.
Moving in is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. We gave our daughter and ourselves freedom that we would not have experienced when we lived in England.
From Las Vegas to the Nomadic Lifestyle
Name: Brian Conzon
Occupation: Owner of TRFK, a data analysis and marketing company
We lived in Las Vegas when the pandemic started. I have worked in remote areas for many years, but my wife, Jane, was a registered nurse. She was forced to leave her post when the school closed and there was no childcare for her five-year-old son and five-month-old daughter at the time.
Our house was in debt in June and we had been thinking about moving to Texas for a long time. I decided to check out Dallas and Austin for a month or so. At that time, I found a company called Lending, which rents a furnished apartment for more than 30 days.
We liked the concept so much that it quickly led to the following discussion: Why stop by Texas? Why don’t you take advantage of this opportunity to explore the United States of America?
According to Brian Conzon, the apartment he rents costs $1,800 to $3,600 a month, which is more than a Las Vegas townhouse but more than the rent in Orange Country, California, where he moves from Las Vegas for eight years. lived before. Cheap.
Courtesy of Brian Conzon
After Dallas and Austin, we stayed in Las Vegas. Seattle; salt Lake City; San Francisco; Orange County, California; Portland, Oregon; Scottsdale, Arizona.
When we left Las Vegas, we put our luggage in storage. I am traveling with essentials like clothes, computer, learning material and toys. It’s amazing not to remember the 95% staff reduction for more than a year.
Next, explore Denver, Chicago, New York City, and Boston, then head east along the coast to Orlando.
A year ago, I never thought that we would be in a position to travel to the United States so freely and explore so many places. It really changed our lives and completely changed our outlook about the near future of life.
Editor’s Note: Answers have been edited for length and clarity.