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Old 03-09-2008, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Want to be in Branson
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We are moving to SW Missouri from Colorado when we retire next year. We bought a condo in a gated golf community just about a year ago. We have been spending as much time as possible there since we purchased it so we can start getting aquainted with the other people in the community. We have made friends and learned to take advantage of the ammenities. We love the general area because there is so much to do and since it is a tourist destination there are plenty of opportunities for part time work if we want it. The off-season is pretty quiet but golf is open year round if the weather permits and there are lots of social activities at the club house.

It took us about 5 years to find our "Place" but it was definately worth the time spent. Funny thing is we came back to the first location we found even down to the first community we looked at! I know we will still have some adjustment when we move but I think getting aquainted before we move will really help with the transition.

The biggest transition will be missing the kids and grandkids. Luckily they all love the area we are moving to so we expect to see them often.
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Then we moved to Georgia. Now don't get me wrong, I like Georgia. A lot. But suddenly, I'm in a new place with a new culture, and to my surprise I find it more challenging than I expected. I used to love moving to a new place, but for the first time in my life I am terribly homesick. I am spending more time than I would like to alone. And the dreary winter days are depressing--that's a first! Thank god spring is coming, I'm sure things will look much better soon. Anyway, I just thought this was worth discussing. I still like the idea of moving to a new place for retirement, but in hindsight I wish I had waited a little longer to adjust to retirement first before also having to adjust to a new town. And I wish I had moved in the spring, not the winter.
When I moved to GA many years ago I felt like it was a big adventure. I acted like a tourist. My son and I would go into Atlanta every chance we got and see what was there... CNN, World of Coke, Cyclorama, Zoo Atlanta, etc. Nowadays I try to avoid going into Atlanta, but there are plenty of things to do in the burbs.
What county did you move to? there are so many schools around GA that you could take some classes at. That might be a good place to start getting familiar with the area. Good luck!
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Old 03-09-2008, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I'm in Lumpkin County (Dahlonega). It's a cool town, and has a number of good features for retirees. I think we just made the move a little too soon. We moved in the winter becuase I lucked into finding a tenant for our Virginia house... but if I had it all to do again I think I would have waited to adjust to retirement for at least a year before moving. And I like the idea of visiting your new property for extended vacations before moving, too. Shoulda done that!

But, it's ok now. Spring has suddenly arrived and it's amazing what a difference that makes.
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Old 03-09-2008, 04:57 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I'm in Lumpkin County (Dahlonega). It's a cool town, and has a number of good features for retirees. I think we just made the move a little too soon. We moved in the winter becuase I lucked into finding a tenant for our Virginia house... but if I had it all to do again I think I would have waited to adjust to retirement for at least a year before moving. And I like the idea of visiting your new property for extended vacations before moving, too. Shoulda done that!

But, it's ok now. Spring has suddenly arrived and it's amazing what a difference that makes.
That's my plan after I retire. A month to test live the new place. I figure I'll have a year's worth of work to finish the remodeling I need to do to spruce my house up anyway so that will also allow me to adjust to retirement before I make my big move.

In retirement classes I've taken, that is one of the things they warn us about - not making too many changes all at once. It is a huge life change.
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Old 03-09-2008, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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If you like animals, volunteer at the humane society there:
Become a TLC Volunteer (http://www.tlchs.org/Become%20a%20TLC%20Volunteer_files/become_a_tlc_volunteer.htm - broken link)
I adopted one of my cats from them when they had available animals at a PetsMart in Atlanta. I was living in Georgia at the time.
Being a foster parent for a couple of kittens or helping to socialize dogs or puppies will keep you busy.
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Old 03-09-2008, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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If you like animals, volunteer at the humane society there:
Become a TLC Volunteer (http://www.tlchs.org/Become%20a%20TLC%20Volunteer_files/become_a_tlc_volunteer.htm - broken link)
I adopted one of my cats from them when they had available animals at a PetsMart in Atlanta. I was living in Georgia at the time.
Being a foster parent for a couple of kittens or helping to socialize dogs or puppies will keep you busy.
Excellent idea. My brother and my sister both do lots of volunteer work with animals, and it had become their social life. You meet lots of people with a common interest and you get to do something good for some deserving pup or cat.
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Old 03-09-2008, 06:33 PM
 
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Louisville, KY

We are retiring from So. Cal to KY - although we have visited the Louisville area often for 2 to 3 weeks at a time.

Catnap,

I am from KY originally and haven't lived there in 15 yrs., but I sure do remember that everyone who moved to Louisville from out of state absolutely loved it there. I'm sure you will, too. Good luck!
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Old 03-09-2008, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Thanks Staywarm2 - we can't wait to move - glad you have fond memories of KY - we certainly have been impressed.
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Old 03-10-2008, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Great subject! As my dh and I near retirement, we toy with the idea of moving south to warmer climates, but dread the idea of leaving our children and grandchildren behind. Family is important to us. I do have a sister who would love to have us join her in FL, but she tends to hibernate during the opressive summer heat. So I'm left wondering what advantage there is over 6 months hibernation from the heat to 6 months hiberation from the cold. As my sister points out, "you don't have to shovel the heat." Good point! But I still wonder if it's worth the move. We believe we would be happier just a little further south, south eastern KY, eastern TN, western NC or northern GA perhaps. We're even considering southwestern MO and northwestern AR. We do love the mountains, the treed ones, not the rocky ones. The advantage to MO and AR is how centrally located they are for travel around the country. And there's Branson for added amusement. But is leaving family worth it? We don't have the finances to make a wrong decision. We have much to think about, so I'm very interested in hearing about the experiences others have had or are having with their retirement moves. I hope we hear from many more on this subject.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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Give yourself some time to get through it.
I believe knoxgarden has got it right. I once had a whole book on the subject of moving to a foreign country. The authors found that people who had moved to a different country tended to go through three stages: (1) Elation over being in a new and fascinating place; (2) Frustration over being in a place where nothing works like it should; and (3) Adjustment to the new environment when it became familiar.

Hey, I moved from Virginia to Georgia myself. I got married there.
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