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Old 02-18-2015, 11:54 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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We seem to be stuck in the house. Can't walk outside a plow will kill you.
I dislike shopping so my activities are very limited in this awesomely horrible
weather.
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:03 PM
 
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The obvious reasons are, well, obvious. Is this really a hand wringing problem?
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I've never been one to let a little cold stop me from traveling. With that said, I try to exercise good judgment if severe weather is predicted. While I can deal with the moderate cold, I don't want to potentially deal with life-threatening blizzards or subzero temperatures.
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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One of the best things about being retired is doing what you want. And if you run into delays or 'issues'...who cares. You have time.

Me personally, I made up my mind I would never be limited by fear. It's makes the world and my life way too small. If I fear something, most likely I will do it right away. Life is too short to let fear limit me.
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Old 02-18-2015, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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If I live to retire, I will not stay to shovel snow in the winter. The in-laws go way south in the winter, and really save because the heating bill would be so much more than the travel and rent expenses.
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Old 02-18-2015, 04:29 PM
 
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We're reverse snowbirds. We spend Thanksgiving through mid-April in ski resorts. We try to ski 90 days/season, but sometimes we get in fewer days due to conditions (dry out west) or injuries (knees a bit sore from all those mogul runs).
More than anything else I hope I can still enjoy the slopes after I retire. Priceless.
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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If I live to retire, I will not stay to shovel snow in the winter. The in-laws go way south in the winter, and really save because the heating bill would be so much more than the travel and rent expenses.
On its face that seems completely impossible. How can the heating bill be more than rent PLUS travel expenses? Even very cheap rent for a tiny, run-down place is going to be $500 or more. Are you saying that their heating bill is more than $500 per month? Even if they heat to 75 degrees or something ridiculous like that, it strains credibility. And while gone, some heat is necessary to keep the pipes from freezing, which means the heating bill does not fall to zero.

I can see a heating bill of $500 a month or more in a month of unusually cold weather, but that is not the same as having an average bill that high over a period of several months. Record-breaking cold does not last for a whole winter.
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:01 PM
 
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Seems there are a lot of snowbirds on this forum who travel to warmer places during the worst winter months.
We are retired and kids are gone, could certainly afford to do the same.

So DW and I must be oddballs, in that we stay in NJ during the winter!

Reasons?
1/ Fear of getting stranded at an airport during a winter storm.
2/ Fighting the hoards of other northern snowbirds in places like Florida or Arizona... restaurants jammed, traffic, etc..
3/ Worrying about our property up north when those winter storms/frigid temps hit.

I don't have trouble shoveling snow (exercise!), still go to the gym 4 times a week, read, cook healthy food, etc.. guess it would be nice to be in some warm weather during the winter, but enjoy looking forward to spring, summer here.

I dunno.. what do you think?
1. So what if the airports happens to close when you want to travel. You are retired. You could leave before the winter storms start and return after they are over.

2. Have you ever been to either place in the winter. I lived in Arizona for quite a few years. Believe me you can find a place to eat. Don't worry if the traffic is heavier than in the summer. You don't need to be commuting during rush hour anyway.

I guess we are all different. If you are posting to see if that is true, then I can tell you if my life was centered around going to the gym 4 times a week, reading and cooking, well you could just dig a hole in the backyard and I would get in.
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:40 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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On its face that seems completely impossible. How can the heating bill be more than rent PLUS travel expenses? Even very cheap rent for a tiny, run-down place is going to be $500 or more. Are you saying that their heating bill is more than $500 per month? Even if they heat to 75 degrees or something ridiculous like that, it strains credibility. And while gone, some heat is necessary to keep the pipes from freezing, which means the heating bill does not fall to zero.

I can see a heating bill of $500 a month or more in a month of unusually cold weather, but that is not the same as having an average bill that high over a period of several months. Record-breaking cold does not last for a whole winter.
I was going to say the same thing because we went away for the month of January.

We still had to pay rent, we saved a little bit on heat because we turned it down to 52, we saved $40 on the electric bill, and that's it.

What we had to pay in tolls and motels far outweighed the little bit we saved by not being at home. Add into that amount, all our meals were eaten out instead of being cooked at home, add in the gas. Luckily we had someone to stay with part of the time time. It's really expensive to be away even for a month.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:24 PM
 
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You can get stranded at the airport without the snowstorm!

I don't know what part of Jersey you are in but two years ago I went to visit my mother who lives in south Florida in March. I flew out of Trenton/Mercer (It's only 15 minutes away from me in Bucks Co,Pa). It was snowing very lightly but our flight was delayed by several hours due to "mechanical reasons" We could get off of the plane to stretch our legs but Trenton/Mercer is a small airport and by that time all TSA had gone home so we couldn't use the restroom and you had to walk down a flight of stairs outdoors. I should have arrived in Ft. Lauderdale by 5pm or so but got to my mother's after midnight.

Going home it was worse if you can believe it! I arrived at the airport with my brother who was going home to St. Louis. His flight was early so we shared a ride to the airport. I arrived around 8:30 and my flight was supposed to be around 11. Not too bad since I had my book. However as we were about to board the plane we had our first delay...only a few minutes. Which then turned into a few more then a few hours until it was cancelled!....due once again to "mechanical reasons" not weather.

We were told to retrieve our luggage first from baggage claim then get into another line to get onto another flight. I was by myself (by this time my brother was already at his home) so I had to go get my luggage, then since I didn't have a buddy got at the end of the line. After another three hours I got a flight to Philly around 10pm and had to drag my luggage to another terminal. I finally arrived in Philadelphia around midnight and my husband picked me up. Some of those less fortunate had to find their way back to Trenton/Mercer to retrieve their cars which had been in long term parking.

Because of the inconvenience I had, the airline I gave me some vouchers which became an almost free round trip ticket for the following year which was last year. Everything went smoothly then. However I plan on going to visit my mother again next month and I think I will get my ticket through Southwest.

Like you I HATE getting stuck at the airport!!

....but it sure feels great feeling the warm sunshine, being able to walk around in shorts, short sleeves and sandals when it's cold up here!!
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