Vacation Where You’d Like To Retire
Wondering where to vacation this summer? Consider planning a vacation where you’d like to retire. Check it out and live like a local.
Maybe you’ve always wanted a smaller house or dreamed of moving where there’s no maintenance chores? Is a more urban setting right for you? What about living in a college town where you could take classes? In addition, love the lake, beach, mountains, hiking trails?
Instead of going on a “vacation,” make this trip with an eye towards a possible move. Because if you’re used to going somewhere and only doing the touristy things, this will give you an idea of what it’s like to actually live there. Therefore if your typical stay includes amusement parks, shopping, and spa trips, decide to change it up a little. Add in visits to Target and the grocery store. See how the services compare with what you’re used to at home.
Plan to stay somewhere close to where local people live and preferably in the type of neighborhood with the style of housing you would consider for yourself. Where’s the vet, doctor’s office, hair salon? How do these places stack up? Would you be okay becoming a regular there? What about neighborhood places to eat? How far away are you from the airport (or does that even matter?)
You can still head somewhere and enjoy it for the vacation aspects, but also take time to use this trip for fact-finding. Look at the real estate, food prices and gas costs. Look at Meet-Ups in the area and see if there’s a group that shares the same interests as you. If you move, you’ll want to find new friends and this could be a good way go about it.
If your retirement plans include relocating, it’s time for you to do a trial run. Especially think about checking out areas that interest you. Visiting a potential city could inspire you to put your current home up for sale right away or it might make your neighborhood look even better than ever!
As a result, either way, you’ve learned something about what’s important for your retirement lifestyle.
Where have you always dreamed of retiring?