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If You Could Live Anywhere

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This would be super helpful for someone actively looking to change their lifestyle / move somewhere new. 

It was less interesting for me (I skipped all the workbook type questions at the end of each chapter) - but did make me reflect on our big move in 2021. And she asks some questions I never even thought about before we moved, ha. So if you're planning a big move in the near future, this is the book for you!
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I loved Melody Warnick's book on loving where you live. If You Could Live Anywhere felt like it fell a bit short for me. I was hoping it would be more about picking places to live and less about finding ways to work remotely. It seemed to focus more on the type of work you do than where you live, but it still kept me interested through the end.
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Overall a very interesting book. 
For me, who doesn't read a lot of non-fiction, it was a little long and detailed, some parts seeming obvious. 
However, it is definitely detailed and looks at every aspect of the question; "If you could live anywhere, where would, should or could you live?"
From looking at how you can become location independent to the many considerations that go into choosing a place, everything is taken into account and often explained with examples of people who have successfully moved (to where they wanted).
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IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE by Melody Warnick is the latest from the author of This is Where You Belong. I had really enjoyed that text about establishing connections to a new community. Her latest offers similar frank discussion, this time about "The Surprising Importance of Place in a Work-from-Anywhere World." Warnick begins with a brief discussion of the 3 subtypes of Anywhereists: Wanderers, Seekers, and Settlers. She notes the increase in opportunities for remote work and the potential role that plays in one's "approach to place, mobility, and location decision-making." The first exercise she offers is twenty questions to aid in figuring out if you should move at all. Next, there are exercises that look at past geographic locales, at place "values" and attributes (e.g., sights, smells, cultural offerings), and at identifying any deal breakers. Encouraging that type of introspection and/or conversation is very helpful and Warnick provides plenty of background statistics and real-life anecdotes. For example, one area she explores is workforce development and upskilling; Christopher Mims also just profiled some of those programs in a Wall Street Journal article.  IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE is geared mainly towards remote workers, freelancers, knowledge workers, entrepreneurs, and retirees. It tends to be US-centric, but Warnick's questions would guide a search for an international location as well. Her writing prompted me to do some active searching and to look for volunteer opportunities in various localities. At least ten percent of the text is devoted to notes, but I do wish that she had provided a separate set of resources (e.g., and links to further aid her readers in choosing not only a city or town, but even a neighborhood.

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I wish I had this book before my husband and I moved. 2020 allowed us to move into full-time work-from-home roles and it took us forever to decide where to buy a home. I think we will definitely be using this book on our next purchase. I love that it doesn't pretend to be a one-size-fits-all answer, but provides options based on the individual's preferences, lifestyle, etc. 

5/5 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS (non-fiction), Sourcebooks for providing me with an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I enjoyed the author’s earlier book about making a home wherever you are. This one is the flip side of her earlier book—how to choose a place to live when you can live anywhere. Definitely some What Color Is my Parachute? vibes here.
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I absolutely loved this book! The juxtaposition between real life stories, published studies and helpful resource suggestion was fantastic, as if this book was made for me. I read this cover and cover and can confidently say I know what steps I need to take to find the right place for me to become my home, my community and my workplace, as a remote worker.

I was raving about this book to my friends with each chapter I finished, I can’t wait say enough good things about this book.
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Such a helpful resource for anyone with a relocation decision looming, but particularly the Anywhereists whose jobs allow them to operate from anywhere! I really enjoyed this and it was quite topical coming before my move as someone newly into Anywhereism! 4.5 stars
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