I won't be applying to teaching positions until Spring 2012, but I am starting to prepare and research now. I will be student teaching in the fall, and graduating in December with a MAT Secondary English. I have committed to staying at my current job at the local Boys & Girls Club until the end of the 2012 school year - I love it there! So my question is essentially this: Where should I apply? How many applications should I send? Should I center my search in one or two areas or just go crazy and ship them out everywhere? I am currently in NH, but I really feel like I need a change. I will have excellent connections and references in state, which will be helpful when the hiring season comes. However, I am not sure if I'd be content to stay in this area. My brother and his wife are in DC, but have recently told me they plan on moving to Richmond or someplace similar in 5 years or so. This means anchoring myself to them feels a little foolish, though I love the DC area. Should I apply to places in NH and DC/VA/MD and see what happens, then send out more applications if no interviews or successes happen? Or, should I just go bananas and send them out to every area I COULD see myself living (Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Portland, etc...) and just see what happens? Or, is that a recipe for disaster and a huge debt from plane tickets? What would you do? What should I do?! I really feel an urge to go explore this country, but the majority of my family is on the east coast (with a few in Chicago).