Best city to live in if you're in your mid 20s and single?

Context im 25 years old working in London, joined my current fund right out of undergrad and have worked under the same young PM ever since I joined and its just the two of us but work in a wider trading team. Coming from a pretty disadvantaged background as a kid so never really been anywhere. PM basically told me that I should go experience the world and 'travel' (continuing to work but just remotely) for 4-5 years before I settle down which sounds incredible but I dont know where to start. For people that have worked internationally where would you recommend. Main things I'm looking for is still to have some business/finance culture in the city, experience different cultures and some better taxes...... (preferably Asia)

 

I've visited hundreds of cities around the world and hands down the answer is NYC.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 

NYC is not the city you grew up in anymore. What's left is a woke skin suit falling into decay and disrepair. The correct answers are places like Miami, Austin, Nashville, and San Diego IMO.

"The obedient always think of themselves as virtuous rather than cowardly" - Robert A. Wilson | "If you don't have any enemies in life you have never stood up for anything" - Winston Churchill | "It's a testament to the sheer belligerence of the profession that people would rather argue about the 'risk-adjusted returns' of using inferior tooth cleaning methods." - kellycriterion
 

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NYC is not the city you grew up in anymore. What's left is a woke skin suit falling into decay and disrepair. The correct answers are places like Miami, Austin, Nashville, and San Diego IMO.

Yeah. Every city is an organic entity and I saw NYC specifically Manhattan for what she was worth at the core. She may have ebbs and flows, but from a grand perspective she will always be the queen. Also, top 420 city? Need I say more?

NYC consumes the most cannabis in the world, says study (timeout.com)

"After examining "the top and bottom cannabis-consuming nations to choose the study cities," the study found that New Yorkers consume an average of 62.3 metric tons of weed every year, beating out fellow dope-loving domestic destinations like Los Angeles (which comes in at 35 metric tons), Chicago (24.9) and Houston (18.5), as well as international cities including Sydney (45.8 metric tons), Rome (21.9) and Tokyo (16.7), all of which cracked the top 10 in terms of total global consumption despite marijuana being illegal there"

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 
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It seems like mostly ebbs lately and feels like pretending otherwise in nonsensical, why else are people leaving it by the tens of thousands to move to Texas/Florida. I lived in Brooklyn Heights for a while and it's disgusting what the area has devolved into. Manhattan is a shell of what it was even just 5-10 years ago. There's no objective benefit to it being the largest consumer of marijuana nor is it surprising - you have to be absolutely blasted to think it's an even remotely nice place to live. Over a dozen white collar professionals I knew who lived there pre-covid have all left citing the same reasons for leaving - insane COL without any benefits that justify it aside from it being "the big city" which frankly doesn't cut it unless you're a 20-something who has literally no other frame of reference for how good metropolitan living can be when laws are actually enforced and streets are kept clean. The only major cities in the US that're more disgusting are SF and LA because they're literally covered in human feces and the weather is nice enough that the homeless get to live freely year round. 

"The obedient always think of themselves as virtuous rather than cowardly" - Robert A. Wilson | "If you don't have any enemies in life you have never stood up for anything" - Winston Churchill | "It's a testament to the sheer belligerence of the profession that people would rather argue about the 'risk-adjusted returns' of using inferior tooth cleaning methods." - kellycriterion
 
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NYC is not the city you grew up in anymore. What's left is a woke skin suit falling into decay and disrepair. The correct answers are places like Miami, Austin, Nashville, and San Diego IMO.

Yeah, Encinitas in SD is one of my favorite places. Even though I love NYC so much, I need to go to LA next for a few years. Then I will be back to the East Village after that. Hopefully with enough capital to buy an art gallery.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 

New York City ranked the best city in the world in 2024: Time Out

by: Matthew Euzarraga

Posted: 

Updated: 

New York City ranked the best city in the world in 2024: Time Out | PIX11

Here are the top 10 Best Cities in the World by Time Out:   

1. New York City, USA 

2. Cape Town, South Africa 

3. Berlin, Germany 

4. London, UK  

5. Madrid, Spain 

6. Mexico City, Mexico 

7. Liverpool, UK 

8. Tokyo, Japan 

9. Rome, Italy 

10. Porto, Portugal  

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 
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New York City ranked the best city in the world in 2024: Time Out

by: Matthew Euzarraga

Posted: 

Updated: 

New York City ranked the best city in the world in 2024: Time Out | PIX11

Here are the top 10 Best Cities in the World by Time Out:   

1. New York City, USA 

2. Cape Town, South Africa 

3. Berlin, Germany 

4. London, UK  

5. Madrid, Spain 

6. Mexico City, Mexico 

7. Liverpool, UK 

8. Tokyo, Japan 

9. Rome, Italy 

10. Porto, Portugal  

Whoever made this list is smoking crack. The fact they put NYC as #1 followed by Cape Town as #2 (South Africa is going down the drain faster than any other developed nation) immediately discredits the author. 

"The obedient always think of themselves as virtuous rather than cowardly" - Robert A. Wilson | "If you don't have any enemies in life you have never stood up for anything" - Winston Churchill | "It's a testament to the sheer belligerence of the profession that people would rather argue about the 'risk-adjusted returns' of using inferior tooth cleaning methods." - kellycriterion
 
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New York City ranked the best city in the world in 2024: Time Out

by: Matthew Euzarraga

Posted: 

Updated: 

New York City ranked the best city in the world in 2024: Time Out | PIX11

Here are the top 10 Best Cities in the World by Time Out:   

1. New York City, USA 

2. Cape Town, South Africa 

3. Berlin, Germany 

4. London, UK  

5. Madrid, Spain 

6. Mexico City, Mexico 

7. Liverpool, UK 

8. Tokyo, Japan 

9. Rome, Italy 

10. Porto, Portugal  

Whoever made this list is smoking crack. The fact they put NYC as #1 followed by Cape Town as #2 (South Africa is going down the drain faster than any other developed nation) immediately discredits the author. 

haha I had my opinion and just needed a source. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 

For Asia, some places I have been looking at include Japan and Taiwan for an optimal combination of safe/secure first-world amenities while being surprisingly cheap due to weak currencies. I'd also recommend looking into any "digital nomad" areas where you might find a lot of other young entrepreneurial people (Bali is a classic example, along with any other tropical islands of your choice with easy visa requirements).

Singapore and Hong Kong are definitely also options if you don't mind the cramped space and higher costs (will be more similar to NYC), but perhaps most would rather choose a luxury villa in a different country over a cramped studio apartment if both are the same price. Budget options include much of Southeast Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia etc.) but be careful about internet coverage if you need a stable connection while working remote. Often times you will only find that in the major cities (and perhaps only in the wealthier districts of those cities, for instance BGC in Manila rather than Manila as a whole).

 

In your shoes I would absolutely hop around Asia. One of my only regrets going to college during COVID was I didn’t get to study abroad and now I’m working full time. Going to do a big trip around Asia as soon as I can but it’s tough to take enough time off with the long flight. Fantastic opportunity to explore the world, I wouldn’t waste it on a city like NYC that you will likely have every reason to visit for work over the years. Great city but there are more interesting places you should explore while you’re still quite young.

 

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