Snowbirds live their best life

Man and Woman Sitting on Brown Wooden Bench

Are you seeking adventure in your golden years but at the same time have gotten used to your creature comforts:your friends, your routine, your books and, let’s face it, your stuff?

Have you considered SNOWBIRDING?

Snowbirding has nothing to do with sour nor can it be a winged creature.

Snowbirds are individuals (mainly retirees) from colder or northern regions who spend considerable time in warmer places. It is a sort of seasonal human migration.

Most snowbirds particularly retired folk are out of northern and Midwestern US states or Canada and they fly down south for the winter months. Warmer destinations include California, The Carolinas, Arizona, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Quite a few RV parks are so-called’snowbird’ friendly. In reality, they rely on seasonal retired visitors for a big part of their income. It is believed that snowbirds, due to the length of the stay, bring more dollars to the local service and hospitality industry than regular tourists.

Believe or not, there are sites devoted to snowbirds from around the world.

There are some locals however, who do not welcome snowbirding retirees with such open arms.

Not all snowbirds are retirees. A substantial number are business owners with the money and flexibility to invest a couple of months away from home.

Some snowbirds own homes in the locations they migrate , renting them out when they aren’t living there. Popular summer jobs include restaurant and retail work particularly in areas popular with tourists.

There are many benefits of snowbirding or spending your winter in the exact same place every year. You might have met a circle of friends or a regular eating joint and you can develop a routine.

Picking a destination for your snowbird vacation is different from picking any other vacation. You may want a location that is closer to convenient shops and other conveniences. For a short-term vacation this is less of a consideration. The accessibility of a good hospital or church might also be a factor. Perhaps you belong to a golf club, or ballroom dance institution that’s sister clubs in that region. Or perhaps it’s closer to a family member.

For those still in employment or working part-time your company might even let you work out of the local branch office.

There are loads of alternatives to your snowbird stay. Do some research, test out some choices and be sure to enjoy yourself! Oh. . .but don’t go on the beach with speedos. The locals don’t appear to like that much!

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