We've ended the lease on our house, and we still don't have jobs anywhere else yet. We started packing this weekend, and plan to go...somewhere...in July.
So far, we've had interest from Eagle, Colorado and Idaho Falls. But if nothing pans out, we're waffling between three cities we think we can just show up in and make things work out.
Pros: We have friends there. Good friends. Friends who have offered us the bottom floor of their house or a pasture to pitch a tent camp in until we have jobs. Liberal. Full of hippies. U of Montana. Good, mild weather. Small.
Cons: Small. 70K population may be too small to find jobs (especially education jobs with insurance).
Pros: Pretty big. Cheap (4 bedroom house=$800-$1000/mo.). Farmy. A few hours from the Tetons. Summers hot, but not too hot.
Cons: Pretty vanilla. The San Antonio to Missoula's Austin. Close to mountains, but no actual, visible mountains to speak of. Cold winters.
Pros: Metro area about 600K people. Lubbock-like weather. Way cheap housing. Reputation for liberal politics. State capital=state jobs.
Cons: Never actually been there. Have heard it called "consumerist" (although we might not even notice, coming from Vegas). Pretty far from Rocky Mountains.
So we are still waffling about. Hopefully, something will come up. Tyson is going to Idaho Falls in two weeks for a promising-sounding interview, and maybe our path will be illuminated.