It’s one thing to live the dream—one can do that quite easily with the proper line of credit. Earning and sustaining the dream is a much different beast to tackle. But many people do it year after year with excellent success.
A good way to ensure that you get your daily dose of adrenaline is to live in one of the below listed towns. They have just the right mix of natural and man-made amenities to allow for a career that goes beyond deep-fryers or a mop and broom.
OGDEN, UT — Ogden is the little cousin to the much more densely populated Salt Lake City, just under 40 miles down Interstate 15. The number of ski companies that are headquartered here is reason enough to take notice — the tally currently sits at over 16 just in that industry alone. If you have a more traditional degree, there are many other companies and industries headquartered in Ogden, giving this city one of the best for opportunities. Not to mention the world-class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking that you can get to before that jammed out phish song ends.
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC – This is one of the best options for our friends in Canada. The North Shore is one of the rare places where you can do your own adventure race in a single day. Three local ski resorts are close by and Whistler is just over an hour down the highway. It’s also home to world-famous “shore”-style mountain biking. Kayaking and hiking are also great options here, as is laying on the beach watching bald eagles go fishing. To top it off, it’s home to some big outdoor brands such as Arc’teryx and G3, and the bustling metropolis of Vancouver is only a bridge away.
BEND, OR – Many people have no idea Bend even exists, and the locals are pretty excited about that. I might even get pooh-poohed for the mere mention of this town as a hidden gem. But at the risk of that, I’ll tell you that Bend is easily one of my favorite cities in the US. The Deschutes river runs through it, giving the dry climate life and abundant whitewater and fishing opportunities. In the winter the underrated mountain of Mt. Bachelor is right there, giving those in the know amazing terrain and snow. In the summer the mountain biking and rock climbing attracts people from everywhere. And there is plenty of work to go around.
BOISE, ID – The number one thing that people think of when I mention Idaho is potatoes. It’s even on their license plate — “Famous Potatoes”. This probably makes the local outdoor nuts happy — there simply isn’t enough room to etch “World-class fishing, biking, skiing, hiking, whitewater, and hunting” on such a small metallic surface. Within a two hour drive is the Sawtooth Mountains, one of the most scenic areas in the USA, which was also rated “cleanest air in the lower 48″ by the Environmental Protection Agency. In Boise itself, a thriving tech and food sector means plenty of jobs are available.
VENTURA, CA — If you’re a surfer, this could be your go-to city. Within an hour from LA and everything it has to offer, it is just far enough to not feel overwhelming. Patagonia is based here, which should be reason enough to relocate, as it is often regarded one of the best companies in the world to work for. It’s a bonus that the channel islands are a short boat ride away — giving access to stellar uncrowded surf conditions.
HONOLULU, HI – The largest city on this list also gives access to some of the world’s best surfing and fishing. The city itself enjoys a thriving economy, while all around the island of Oahu you can immerse yourself in the water, whether it be on a surfboard, kayak, with scuba fins, or a spear gun. The hiking opportunities in the mountains are breathtaking, giving yourself a well-rounded palette of options.
So that’s a brief list. Any other ideas? Let us know below!