Location: Charleston, South Carolina
I can’t believe it’s already been a week since I’ve gotten back from what could be a life-changing trip for me. I fell in love with the small, quaint, charming city of Charleston, South Carolina the second – literally the second – I walked out of the airport. Aside from when I visited Boston in high school, no other geographic location left such an impression on me than Charleston did with its palmettos, brightly colored houses and preppy, small-town city vibe. And the food! Ugh, don’t even get me started. Pretty sure I’ll have a sausage gravy baby in my belly until I go to Aruba (in July).
There was something about Charleston that just put me in an equally relaxed and energized mood. Maybe it was because we spent so much time outside, surrounded by fresh air, nature and gorgeously old architecture. Or maybe it was that Southern Hospitality – which does exist, by the way. I’m not sure. All I know is, the whole time I was there I could visualize myself living there and I was very happy about it.
But like towards the end of every getaway, I started to crave my daily routine, diet, bed and wardrobe. Not to say I didn’t resist the urge to immediately move everything down from New York, but I kind of did. Ever since I’ve been back (for a week now), I’ve been working hard to be sure my finances are in order and my resume is up to date because I could really see a move in my 2017 future.
It may seem more realistic for me to consider moving back to Boston, and believe me I have. But the way I see it: Charleston is like a southern version of Boston. They’re both small coastal cities with lots of history, walking activities, great seafood, etc. And if it came down to it, nothing’s permanent. Does it scare me to consider this sort of decision on my own? Slightly. But I’ve got one friend down there and a whole bunch who also love it, so I’m not too worried.
This past week, I’ve also been looking to return to SC because why am I back in reality? At the same time, I’ve got a few more pre-planned trips to other cities in the next few months. Time to figure out if I’m just in a serious wanderlust mood or if Charleston really won my heart. Stay tuned!
Have you guys ever felt this way about a place you’ve traveled to? So curious to know what you ended up doing about it!