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Old 03-17-2016, 05:23 PM
 
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1) I moved from Minnesota to Las Vegas. I just couldn't stand any more winters that lasted more than half the year. Plus there was less than nothing to do where I lived.

2) I love it! Very happy here!

3) Spend time looking for low tax, low COL, and decent weather.
How did you know you would like it there? What if you hadn't?
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Old 03-17-2016, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Semi retired from MI to Moab UT. After six years of enjoying hardcore off-roading, decided to move north to ID.

Basically in the winter from this:

To this:


In the summer from this:


To this:


And loving it!
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Idaho is not called "The Gem State" for nothing. Consider it was about all that Jack O'Connor and Elmer Keith agreed on as well, from a hunting perspective. Although, Moab does not look bad in your pictures. Excellent skiing.
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Old 03-17-2016, 08:30 PM
 
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1. Where did you move for retirement?
2. How would you describe your experience? (Satisfied / not satisfied / no difference)
3. What recommendations would you give someone considering a new locale for retirement.
1. We moved from Washington D.C. to Florida.
2. Very satisfied at first. Loved having palm and coconut trees in my yard, loved the sunshine, loved it all until it started to feel foreign, flat and hot like I was on the moon.
3. Even paradise gets old. Anywhere is liveable so long as you can leave it now and then to mix things up. Also, there's more to life than weather.
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:47 PM
 
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1. Where did you move for retirement?
2. How would you describe your experience? (Satisfied / not satisfied / no difference)
3. What recommendations would you give someone considering a new locale for retirement.
I moved from Central California to West Maui almost 2 years ago. I love it here. After 6 months of hanging out I started getting restless and began working again (part-time). I love it! I moved from a 4 bedroom house to a one-bedroom condo. I can see and hear the ocean as I type this. I could even throw a rock into the ocean from my balcony if I wanted.
Would I go back? No way! The one real downside here is limited medical care. Fortunately that's not an issue yet... I came here with two suitcases and my car. I don't miss any of the stuff I accumulated over the years. Be sure to try out your projected location for several months before moving.
BTW: If you move to Hawaii be ready for visitors from home, LOL!
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Old 03-17-2016, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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We moved from Greeley Co. to Bend Oregon and are loving it. Very active people here and the climate suits us as we love 4 seasons.
What recommendations? Just Do it.
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Old 03-18-2016, 05:43 AM
 
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DaveinMtAiry[/b];43378650]Hate to interupt but I have a question. We plan on doing this but one thing terrifies me. What if we move and then one of us dies soon after the move, leaving the other alone in a new place far from home. Did any of you share this concern?
This happened to me. We moved from MA to NC when he took early retirement and his "walk away money".
The best thing we ever did for ourselves. Both young adult kids came with us as they were single and wanted to give it a go too.

Fast forward to now. He died 18 months ago. My son and his wife moved back up north as DIL was homesick for her friends and family. Daughter and hubby will soon follow as SIL is homesick for his family and friends up north.

NC winter, as mild as it is compared to up north, is getting to be too much for me. No way will I go back up north but I am toying with the idea of further south perhaps FL. If I am going to be alone, at least I can be warm!
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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What if you don't move, you both live long lives, and you spend the rest of your life wondering 'what if'? Tomorrow isn't guaranteed to any of us.


My advice - Make plans to socialize as soon as you relocate. Join clubs. Volunteer. Find a part time job (or full time if needed). Make friends that are your friends too - not just couple friends. Cultivate your interests and immerse yourself in the new city. Decide you are 100% committed to the move as being permanent and proceed from there. Life is just too short to worry about the possible scenarios that might happen.
This is great advice and my plan for sure. Still it's scary for a guy who has lived in the same area since he was 2.
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Old 03-18-2016, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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This is great advice and my plan for sure. Still it's scary for a guy who has lived in the same area since he was 2.
Now you to reinvent yourself.

A plumber in his hometown will always be the plumber. He fit himself into that role, he lives that role. His dress, his manner, his vehicle all project that to the world. 80% of the people who 'know' him, might not instantly recall his name, but when they see him they instantly recall him as their plumber.

In our culture, we strongly identify with our profession. If someone loses their profession they go through a sort of identity crisis.

In this case, you are also Dave from MtAiry, that is who you are. your sense of identification.

Every time you move to a new area, you get to reinvent yourself.

Every time you change professions, you get to reinvent yourself.



Say a new guy shows up at a rifle club and starts hanging out on the firing range. With practice and mentoring let's say that he begins competing in competitions, in time he rises to the top and starts getting a ribbon at every event. Soon he has a reputation as the new sharp shooter on the club. Few people would even know where he came from or what he did back there. Anyone new coming into the rifle club would be introduced to him as the top sharpshooter of the club. Completely reinventing himself.
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Old 03-18-2016, 09:35 AM
 
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This happened to me. We moved from MA to NC when he took early retirement and his "walk away money".
The best thing we ever did for ourselves. Both young adult kids came with us as they were single and wanted to give it a go too.

Fast forward to now. He died 18 months ago. My son and his wife moved back up north as DIL was homesick for her friends and family. Daughter and hubby will soon follow as SIL is homesick for his family and friends up north.

NC winter, as mild as it is compared to up north, is getting to be too much for me. No way will I go back up north but I am toying with the idea of further south perhaps FL. If I am going to be alone, at least I can be warm!
Remember you may be trading away NC winters for a summer that is even more hot and humid.
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