Retire as a snowbird

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Have you considered SNOWBIRDING?

Snowbirding has nothing to do with snowboarding nor is it a winged monster. It is new term for a lifestyle that many active retirees are enjoying.

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

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

Some bring their homes with them in the form of campers or RVs (recreational vehicles). Many go to the same place every year if it be a favourite golf resort, spa destination or RV park.

In fact, they rely on seasonal retired people for a big part of their earnings. It’s thought that snowbirds, due to the length of their stay, bring more dollars to the local service and hospitality industry than ordinary tourists.

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

There are a number of locals however, who don’t welcome snowbirding retirees with such open arms.

The Urban dictionary defines snowbirds in its customary tongue-in-cheek manner as”irritating old individuals who come down to Florida every winter to clog up roads and drive like maniacs”.

A substantial number are business owners with the money and flexibility to spend 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 advantages of snowbirding or spending your winter at the same place each year. You might have met a circle of friends or a normal eating joint and you may develop a routine.

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

For those still in employment or working part-time your company might even allow you to work from the local branch office.

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

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