There were a LOT of reasons we wanted to go; New place, lots of outdoors to go play in, smaller town, a job with benefits that would be more long term than contract work, possibly meeting Nicole in person (!).
But it turned out there were a lot of reasons not to go that were a little too compelling; harder on my hubby's diabetic body, too short of a window to move, the move itself would erase years of paying down our debt and dig our hole way too deep.
I feel like it's an opportunity that we just can't take advantage of right now. The government may spend itself into oblivion, but we can't justify $7500+ to move. Yes, that's right. Whether by land or land/sea combo, that's what it would take. Couldn't do it.
I did like Fairbanks' website a lot. A quote from their FAQ page:
"Are the mosquitos bad in Fairbanks?"
No. We have some of the best mosquitos in the world in Fairbanks.