I’m sitting in the San Francisco airport waiting out a weather delay on my flight to NYC. I’ll be staying at an airbnb there for the next three weeks in the my neighborhood of choice.
I’m flying into a snowstorm and not a lot of people would choose to leave a warm winter city like SF to spend three weeks in the snow and cold, especially since I’ve barely gotten over the jetlag from spending three weeks abroad in Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
But I’m a man on a mission to find a better home base that SF and after all my recent travels the past two years NYC is my leading candidate for now.
The recent trip to Southeast Asia was successful for me since I was able to rule out that region as a place I would enjoy living, despite my success with women there. It’s simply too hot and uncomfortable, and you end up spending all of your time indoors at malls to avoid the heat.
I’ve been all over the US and Western Europe (I lived in London for two years and traveled weekly in Europe and the Middle East for work), and from the hundreds of trips to those cities I can safely say NYC is the only city I enjoy at least as much as my native SF. I’ve been to NY five times, including three times in the last two years, but I’ve never been for more than a week and I’ve never been in the dead of winter.
The purpose of this trip is to put New York to the test. If I enjoy in the dead of winter as much as I have on past trips then I will make the move in August when my lease in SF expires.
Here are the advantages I see with New York over SF:
- It’s a bigger city with more to do, and a bigger dating pool.
- It has the best male / female ratio of any large city in the US. I’ve experienced this first hand…I got closed three new girls in 5 days during my last trip to NY in May. I’ve also gone on dates (but didn’t close) with working models in NY. These girls simple don’t exist in SF.
- NY is the best US city for daygame.
- NY has a lot of attractive girls from Eastern Europe which are my favorite. These girls barely exist in SF.
- I’ve lived in San Francisco for five years now and frankly it’s feeling a bit too familiar. I’ve got memories on almost every single corner.
- NY puts me closer to Eastern Europe, where I will be exploring for alternative home bases over the next few years. I will be in Krakow and Prague in May, with more trips to come.
- I work remotely so there is no impact to me professionally, but the timezone will actually make my job easier.
Here are the downsides that I see:
- I will have to let go of two of my best regulars of all time, something I’m prepared to do. Nothing lasts forever.
- The cost of living is about the same as SF, so I don’t get the improved cash flow that I would if I were to move to just about any other city in the world. I’ll be analyzing the tax impacts this tax season to confirm this.
- The weather.
There may be more tradeoffs I’m not aware of. But this seems like a good tradeoff for me right now. I’ve moved five times within SF in the five years I’ve been divorced as I’ve been experimenting with what works best for me. So this move is a natural extension of the path I’ve been on.
As usual I’ve got a pipeline of five dates scheduled for the first three days I’m there with more to come. I’ll be meeting up with several of my NYC friends while I’m there as well, including for some daygame sessions. It should be a good trip despite the cold.
Let the next adventure begin.