I will be relocating to (its looking like) northeastern Florida within the year. I would love to hear some experiences others on here have had after relocating to a new state. Of course I'm interested in hearing about relocations to FL, but I am also just interested in the general experience of anyone who has relocated anywhere new. I will take most seriously those replies that are from teachers who have relocated and stayed in their new location for at least a couple of years. Though I have been meticulously researching, comparing, visiting, and planning on my own, I still want to know from even more people even more things. Of particular interest are the following topics: 1) Method you used to acquire your position in the new state (job fair, online system, etc) 2) Hiring process for someone from out of state (quick and easy/ moved there first, then looked?) 3) Feelings from local teachers who knew you weren't a local (hostile, welcoming, other relocaters?) 4) Cost of living proportion to new salary schedule (nowhere near, just barely, acceptable?) 5) how you handled major differences in policy(ies) (tough to swallow... way better?) 6) Quality of life/satisfaction with decision to relocate (happy you did it? Moved back home?) I have heard quite a few nightmares regarding Florida teaching, yet the parents and families I know from there are relatively happy with their school/teacher relationships. I do know a couple of teachers there (in private, charter and public schools) who rather enjoy it, once they got past some of the not-so-desirables. Im just generally interested in the experiences others have shared relocating and teaching in an otherwise very new location. Thanks so much.