15 Things You Will Miss When You Leave California

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15 Things You Will Miss When You Leave California

15 Things You Will Miss When You Leave California

Californians have got it good. They’ve got it so good in fact, that when they leave, they quickly notice all that the state had to offer. Here are a few things near and dear to Californians hearts that they find unbearable to part with.

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1. The Weather

It’s universally understood that it is pretty much always beautiful in California. The sun shines, the waves crash blissfully on the beaches, and the landscapes, both natural and man-made are always on point. Good luck finding the same raw beauty esthetics elsewhere.

2. Avocado Abundance

Who doesn’t love a good avocado? Californians REALLY love their avocados. Avocado toast? Sure. Avocado smoothies? Even better. Avocado cake? Absolutely! Only in California. Seriously. The rest of the world will give you awkward sideways stares. Avocado lovers, unite – and flock to California, the land of the delicious, creamy green fruit.

3. Landscape Versatility

Whether you want to visit the coast or the city, California delivers. Want to escape to a forest hideout? Yeah, California’s got you covered. Desert oasis? You better believe California has the most beautiful Moroccan spas and resorts – right in the heart of the Mojave Desert. Californians face the cruel reality of the lack of existence of this kind of versatility anywhere else they travel to.

4. REAL Mexican Food

Proudly boasting the largest population of Mexican residents, California boasts the most authentic, fresh, satisfying Mexican cuisine you’ll find north of the border. When Californians travel anywhere else, the “Mexican food” just doesn’t even compare.

5. IN-N-Out

Double-double animal style burger and fries? What, you haven’t heard of it? That is grounds for ending friendships to native Californians! Ok, not really, but In-N-Out is a staple that every carnivorous Californian craves. Withdrawals are real.

6. The Lingo

Dude, it’s hella humid here. If you’ve ever muttered these words in New York, Atlanta, or elsewhere, chances are you got some pretty strange looks of confusion. California lingo is pretty limited to California – it’s part of home - and this becomes abundantly clear when you find yourself in the position of a displaced Californian.


7. Beaches Galore

Sure, there are beaches on both coasts, but California boasts some of the most beautiful pristine beaches along it’s perfectly manicured coasts. Surrounded by nightlife, dining, and tourist attractions, a day at the beach is never more exciting than when you’re in California.

8. Celebrity Encounters

Celebrity sightings are common amongst Californians. While the rest of the country is losing their minds over celebrity sightings, Californians are hanging out with local celebs and ordering coffee alongside them at Starbucks. What’s the big deal anyways, right?

9. Activities for Days

Never a dull moment. How could there be? With literally every activity imaginable, the great state of California offers a multitude of exciting opportunities to make the most of life. Want to learn aerial gymnastics? It’s right around the corner. Need to take a cooking class? No problem. California offers so much to its residents – they will literally never run out of things to do.

10. Diversity

People from all walks of life, all ethnicities, and all genders call California home. What’s even more impressive, is that the state values acceptance and welcomes everyone for who they are. You’ll never find a more inclusive state – a trait that is quickly missed by Californians (and visitors) when it is time to move on.

11. The Lifestyle

Californians live a truly different lifestyle. They live organically, advocate for acceptance, strive for greatness, and they make dreams come true. The sense of community and pride for their lifestyle of wellness is something easily missed by Californians that have relocated.


12. Disneyland

There are several Disney parks worldwide, but there is only ONE Disneyland. Californians are known to purchase season passes and visit regularly. Disneyland is an icon of the Golden State and Californians miss it dearly when they depart.

13. Shopping
Okay, it’s true – you can shop anywhere, but California is home to thousands of different shopping venues. If you dream it, you’ll find it in California. From countless outlet malls to specialty boutiques and shops, California offers a shopping experience unparalleled to anywhere else.

14. Opportunity

Everybody knows that if you want to be rich and famous, you get your big break by packing up your life and moving to California to pursue your dreams. While some success is built on skill, the majority of successful people have attained their positions by networking. California is a networking hot spot. If you have a dream and want to reach for the stars, there is a great chance that you’ll find the right people to rub elbows with in California.

15. Year-Round Farmer’s Markets

Remember how we mentioned the fantastic weather? Well, it also enables local farmers to churn out freshly harvested fruits and veggies all year round – and good thing! Californians love their fresh cuisine.


29 comments

  • Andrea

    I miss SoCal every single day. I have for four years, and find myself in tears weekly about missing it. It’s HOME. We’ll move back eventually.

  • Iver Petersen

    I live in Carpinteria. Moved here in ‘76 from the east coast ( NJ and Philly to be specific). Loved it because of the surf and weather. In Carp, every October, we have an Avocado Festival. Its theme is “Peace, Love, and Guacamole”. It’s one of, if not the largest, free festivals in the state. Stop on by if you’re in the neighborhood!

  • Jd

    Homeless people everywhere and high mortgage rates. I’m leaving going to Texas when i retire, See y’all.

  • Deanna Yeakle

    I lived in California for 53 years. Now we live in Oregon. I can’t say that there is a lot I miss. Having grown up there, the materialism was really disgusting. I love having seasons and not feeling so strapped for money all of the time. I love all of the greenery around me. What I do miss, is my family members who are still there, and very dear friends we left behing. We were never fans of the big theme parks and the heat makes me crazy. The culture seemed so supper focal. I loved it when I was a kid. Roller skating on Christmas day! In the end we like Oregon better though.

  • Tammy

    Sarah, the last destructive earthquake was actually just 3 years ago. August 2014 in Napa!

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