Your early 20’s is when you experience a lot of important landmarks. It’s when you leave your hometown, go to university, start a career and make new friends. That’s a lot to have ahead of you but one of the biggest will be relocation. Perhaps New York is one of the places your considering. Ask most people and you’re sure to get a few arguments against living there, NYC has more than a few myths about it that aren’t true. But there’s also bound to be more than enough encouragement. For all the cliché of the term, there’s nowhere else like New York and there’s no better time to live there than in your 20’s when life is still full of possibilities. So forget about the naysayers, here’s why you should move to NYC in your 20s.
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You’ll learn to grow up fast
It’s no secret that New York can be a tough place to live, especially for new arrivals. Once the initial excitement and glamor have worn off a bit you’ll begin to see why. This can be a very competitive city. To survive and make it you’ll have to learn to stand on your own feet. But if you can do it you’ll find yourself a much more confident and capable of handling life’s challenges after a few years living in the city.
Your life and career horizons will be broadened, big time!
NYC is the place to go when you want to make something of yourself. And even if you’re not sure what that something is you’re sure to have your horizons broadened after just a short time here. There are so many ideas, ethnicities and values you’ll find in this amazing city and your 20s are the perfect time to soak all that up. it’s only when you’re young that you have the energy for that so look at it as a chance to explore your own self and the future you seek to make.
The nightlife scene is like nowhere else
You’ll find some of the best clubs and bars in the world in NYC. That said, a night out in the big apple is not cheap but you may never get to experience a city like this one ever again. Unless, of course, you choose to stay here permanently. Be sure to check out 230 Fifth in the Flatiron District for the city’s biggest rooftop garden lounge (picture palm trees and a panoramic view right out of a movie). If clubs aren’t your thing then there are also plenty of classy speakeasies and famous bars to check out.
You can always find something free to do
NYC has a very much deserved reputation for being an expensive place to live. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay for everything. There’s always a free show, concert or movie in the park, free drinks at gallery openings and public wi-fi can be found everywhere. If you’re living there as a student you can expect discounts at most museums, many of which are regarded as the best in the country.
There’s never a dull moment
In a city that never sleeps and with a population of roughly 8.5 million, it’s rare to go a day without seeing something new. You’ll see people from all walks of life here and there’s a good chance you’ll eventually spot a celebrity or two going about their day. A ride on the subway can sometimes be like a trip through hell but there will be days when you’ll be sharing the journey with talented violists, eccentric artists or full-on dance troupes.
There are countless other reasons to live in NYC during your 20s. Amazing and diverse food options, some of the best job opportunities and it’s easy to walk from A to B. in the end, age doesn’t really make a difference in how you experience the city. It will welcome you no matter where you’re from, what you look like or what you do.