New York City, New York
It’s no secret that New York City is one of the most expensive places to live in America. An anonymous writer shared their story of regret after moving to the Big Apple. After graduating college, they landed a dream job on Wall Street. However, they realized pulling 100-hour work weeks, never having a social life, and continuous mental breakdowns was not the life they wanted. Whenever they wanted to quit, the thought of rent, student loans, and the cost of living loomed over them. Even as the new Wolf of Wall Street, they couldn’t afford the life they wanted.
The glamorous qualities of New York can seem tempting: it’s bustling with 8.4 million people, opportunities appear endless, and it gives constant exposure to art and culture, but the downsides are serious. Not only is it notorious for its outrageous rent prices, but it’s the 7th most expensive city in the world. Even if your budget allows for the city’s high prices, odds are you’ll have an incredibly difficult time finding an apartment. The city obviously has appeal, or it wouldn’t have millions of residents, but if you aren’t ready for New York’s hardships, it’s not the place for you.