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Old 08-16-2014, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I see so many repetitive arguments here on C-D about which region has the best climate. The South has the nicer winters and springs, but the North has the nicer summers and falls, as far as being temperate and enjoyable, so it seems like a bit of a draw.

This makes me wonder if the snowbirds haven't found the best compromise, since by spending summers in the North and winters in the South they seemingly get the best of both worlds. However, in order to be a snowbird you have to:

1.) Be able to afford two seasonal homes, either by owning or renting. A lot of people couldn't do that.

2.) Be willing to essentially divide your live in half by leaving your family, friends, daily activitities, church, etc. for several months and either developing some of the same where you spend the other half of your time or put everything on hold until you can go back home. It would be hard to be involved in much if you had to leave and miss out on several months' worth of activities.

3.) Either be able to afford not to work at a steady job or find that rare job where you could do your job from either place. I read a lot of posts here on C-D where people say that they work from home and can live anywhere, but it seems that most people are tied down by their jobs.

So if you had the means to do it, would you consider spending your life split between two climates so that you could avoid the temperature extremes of both, or would you find this to be too disruptive and limiting? Personally, my husband and I are still both employed full-time regionally, so it isn't an option for us right now, but I don't know if I would do it even if we could. It might be nice to try it for a couple of years. Living in lower Michigan, the only months that I would really find the need to do this would be January, February, and possibly early March, so for two and a half months, since I would never want to be gone for Christmas and I love late spring here. I don't know if it would even be worth it.

What do you think?

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Old 08-16-2014, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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COL and a weak economy make being a snowbird or even wanting to pick up and go almost impossible. The days when people could freely move back and forth are gone. Even the camping/rv sites are either closing down, getting rid of long term camping, or charging incredibly high fees.

Last edited by JMT; 08-18-2014 at 05:13 PM.. Reason: Let's leave politics out of this, please.
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Old 08-16-2014, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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If I could own a condo in the south + live / work in the north... I totally would!
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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It would be fun but I'm poor. In some of the Western states you can be an in-state snowbird; desert in the winter, high country in the summer. There's RV people like that in AZ.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:07 AM
 
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I would be a snowbird for two months of the year - January and February. I would have no desire to move outside of WI for more than those two months.
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:36 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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No. When would I get any skiing done?
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Old 08-16-2014, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ
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Yes.

I would live in Michigan from April 1 - September 30 and in Michigan from October 1 - March 31.

Michigan has beautiful springs and summers. However, the bitter cold and gray in winter is something I could live without.
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Yes.

I would live in Michigan from April 1 - September 30 and in Michigan from October 1 - March 31.

Michigan has beautiful springs and summers. However, the bitter cold and gray in winter is something I could live without.
I couldn't leave Michigan for October through December. October here is just incredibly beautiful and enjoyable, and the holidays fall in November and December. I wouldn't want to be away from our extended families for the holidays, plus, I prefer a cold Thanksgiving and Christmas. Snow on Christmas is just the icing on the cake.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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Nope, that's the whole reason I chose to stay up north was for the climate.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:50 AM
 
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I couldn't leave Michigan for October through December. October here is just incredibly beautiful and enjoyable, and the holidays fall in November and December. I wouldn't want to be away from our extended families for the holidays, plus, I prefer a cold Thanksgiving and Christmas. Snow on Christmas is just the icing on the cake.


Personally, I want to be out of MI when Jan/Feb hits. I love the snow on Christmas, but after that, I'm done with it!
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