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Old 12-23-2015, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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kevxu: You have written an interesting and fun post. I think the feline psychiatrists are the best and they don't charge. Except for food and water and a clean box. I'll probably always have a cat. My latest is young so she needs to learn a few things. Or maybe it's me who needs to learn a few things.

I hope you maintain your great sense of humor, your openness to life and new experiences. I wish I had half the courage you do.

Sometimes those patches and new parts end up being stronger than the original, so don't give up. At least yet.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I chose to retire in place and have never regretted it. I bought my perfect retirement place about three and a half years before giving up full time work and I still think it's my perfect retirement place after living in it almost 15 years. Some people might say I'm in a rut, but I wouldn't agree with that, as my life has a lot of variety. The only "rut" would be having lived in the greater Los Angeles area for almost 50 years (although in in half a dozen different locations), but this area offers so many things to see and do and I have done a lot of traveling in that 50 years, so again, the variety is there.
Similar to you, we moved to our "retirement location" over 13 years ago. Now I am retired (12 days!) with no desire to leave. That was our plan and it is good.

It is very nice to be retired in a location where you have connections, friends and roots.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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I know it might sound like a crazy idea. But you could do something like we plan. We're going to pack everything we actually need in an RV, and take off and explore. There's a whole country you can't see from NYC. RVers are friendly helpful people. You could buy yourself a 24 footer. It has all your basic needs, kitchen, shower beds and chairs. Take off and stay in campgrounds State parks, national parks, winter in the south, summer in the north. With gas prices low, its the time to go. There are other women that do it. RV parks are very safe, as access is usually restricted. They have sewer, water, elec, and the better ones have cable and internet. Socializing is a big part of the RV life. YOu could have a great time, and then visit all the interesting places you want to see. Maybe you'll find what your looking for.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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I know it might sound like a crazy idea. But you could do something like we plan. We're going to pack everything we actually need in an RV, and take off and explore. There's a whole country you can't see from NYC. RVers are friendly helpful people. You could buy yourself a 24 footer. It has all your basic needs, kitchen, shower beds and chairs. Take off and stay in campgrounds State parks, national parks, winter in the south, summer in the north. With gas prices low, its the time to go. There are other women that do it. RV parks are very safe, as access is usually restricted. They have sewer, water, elec, and the better ones have cable and internet. Socializing is a big part of the RV life. YOu could have a great time, and then visit all the interesting places you want to see. Maybe you'll find what your looking for.

Thank you for your well-meaning suggestions. I am almost afraid to say the reason I can't just buy a 24 footer is I can't afford it. I have already been told that my "financials are affecting me"....... well gee whiz, no kidding? But for anyone's understanding, I am happy. And since I am a mere human being, I do enjoy having a DREAM from time to time.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Lake Grove
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I have about 11 years until retirement, and I can't wait to get the hell out of NY. The winters are terrible, the taxes undermine any chance of financial comfort. I've no kids, no immediate family here, so there's no reason to stay. My plan is Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding area. Not a big fan of the heat, but at least there's no snow or prolonged cold. Traveling should be easy due to the close major airport in PHX. If the idea takes me, I can always find part time work or volunteer.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Just sitting here today in front of my computer when I should be doing some domestic work. But it's too fun to read some threads and what people post. Some I learn so much from; others aren't for me. We are all different and that is a good thing. Keeps life interesting.

Anyway, I've mentioned before how I wanted to move to NC. Then life happened and I didn't and it really looks like it won't happen, at least not any time soon.

I have friends in my life who have indicated they would prefer that I did not leave (), but the kid inside of me keeps thinking but I want to go. But where? No longer enchanted with NC, reading all of your posts make so many places so appealing.

In my younger years I wanted to get in the car and go....... drive all over the country. Stop in little towns, get little jobs, live in a room, keep life simple but learn, learn, learn and make so many friends. I still think of that now. Especially if I see a movie of someone doing something similar. I have no family ties to keep me here.

I know this thread if a frivolous one. But it's where I am "at" right now. Where are you??
It's not frivolous, it is a dream you had to move and you didn't. Now you wonder if you regret it.

Why don't you get some maps, throw some clothes together, call your friend and tell her you'll stay in touch, take a laptop with you so you can still sit in front of a computer and hit the road for a week, two, month, two, however long your wander-lust takes?

I think after you have been away and seen some wonderful sights, you'll be glad to turn the car around and head for "home". If you still don't feel satisfied after traveling, then start checking out other cities/towns. If you aren't disabled or in dire financial shape, what's to stop you? Your friend and you can visit back and forth if you haven't moved across the continent.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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It's not frivolous, it is a dream you had to move and you didn't. Now you wonder if you regret it.

Why don't you get some maps, throw some clothes together, call your friend and tell her you'll stay in touch, take a laptop with you so you can still sit in front of a computer and hit the road for a week, two, month, two, however long your wander-lust takes?

I think after you have been away and seen some wonderful sights, you'll be glad to turn the car around and head for "home". If you still don't feel satisfied after traveling, then start checking out other cities/towns. If you aren't disabled or in dire financial shape, what's to stop you? Your friend and you can visit back and forth if you haven't moved across the continent.
Dreams are sometimes just for dreaming. I have tried to make that clear. Throwing stuff in the car and hitting the road is a DREAM. I may do it some day, I may not. But no matter, it's still my dream. Right now it is not practical.

I am not looking for anyone to "fix it" for me.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:44 AM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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Just sitting here today in front of my computer when I should be doing some domestic work. But it's too fun to read some threads and what people post. Some I learn so much from; others aren't for me. We are all different and that is a good thing. Keeps life interesting.

Anyway, I've mentioned before how I wanted to move to NC. Then life happened and I didn't and it really looks like it won't happen, at least not any time soon.

I have friends in my life who have indicated they would prefer that I did not leave (), but the kid inside of me keeps thinking but I want to go. But where? No longer enchanted with NC, reading all of your posts make so many places so appealing.

In my younger years I wanted to get in the car and go....... drive all over the country. Stop in little towns, get little jobs, live in a room, keep life simple but learn, learn, learn and make so many friends. I still think of that now. Especially if I see a movie of someone doing something similar. I have no family ties to keep me here.

I know this thread if a frivolous one. But it's where I am "at" right now. Where are you??
Your plan for living in different places sounds great. I would already be doing it on a small scale if my husband was game.

Do you have any connection to timeshares and RCI - the largest timeshare vacation exchange network in the world. You could buy a very cheap timeshare and become connected to RCI. RCI has something called "last calls" where you could spend $244 per week for a studio, $269 a week for a one bedroom and $294 a week for two bedrooms or better.

Check out this website. http://fulltimetimeshare.com/blog | Mike and Edie's adventures travelling from time share to time share for 2 to 5 years I don't know what is happening with this couple right now but I have had so much enjoyment reading about their adventures and they are a very adventurous couple.

Oh no. I just read the post right before this one. Guess I am trying to help you fix it too. Well maybe someone else could benefit from my fixing. I have one more suggestion. http://careers.wyndhamworldwide.com/...s/whr/listings Maybe they would let you do something that has traveling from place to place or different jobs at different places.

Or http://www.myrtle-beach-resort.com/winter-rentals

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Old 12-23-2015, 10:53 AM
 
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I have about 11 years until retirement, and I can't wait to get the hell out of NY. The winters are terrible, the taxes undermine any chance of financial comfort. I've no kids, no immediate family here, so there's no reason to stay. My plan is Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding area. Not a big fan of the heat, but at least there's no snow or prolonged cold. Traveling should be easy due to the close major airport in PHX. If the idea takes me, I can always find part time work or volunteer.
And no grass to mow either in Phoenix, if you so choose. One of the main reasons I would move out there. And the airport also, and the medical care.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:18 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Listener2307: What a wonderful post, thank you. You certainly seem to understand what I feel. Sounds like you have felt like that many times yourself.

I feel like I just made a wonderful friend.

Thank you!
Would a road trip, short, not so short, anywhere you figure your 2009 Corolla ( I like those cars too), would reliably take you, and at a time when it's feasible to you, do anything to satisfy that desire to get away? Maybe with one or more of your friends?

Maybe rent a small cabin in the NC mountains for a week, see the sights there and share expenses with your friends? Or somewhere else you feel a hankering to see.

I understand all too well that need to get away, to enjoy a change of scenery and routine once in a while, and it doesn't matter how much you love your surroundings, how many dear friends and other loved ones are around you, or how comfortable you are with the familiar in your setting. Sometimes that urge to roam still calls to you, at least a little, I know it does to me.

Perhaps there is a way for you to affordably satisfy that urge, maybe?
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