We are enjoying our vacation away from the Northern Virginia area. If it were up to me I would never go back. Except for some friends and family I think that place has given me all it can. Housing is ridiculous and the higher salaries don't even come close to making up for it. I commute at least an hour each way everyday and it's wearing on me...big time. How am I going to continue that for the next 20 years? Is that what I'm supposed to do? Am I being selfish? What if we could go somewhere else? What if we could have a single family home? or a pool? (like in Florida). I don't know. I don't know what the right thing to do is. I've lived in the DC Metro area my whole life. Life is stressful there. Everything moves so fast and I think I'm ready to slow down.