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Old 09-30-2017, 09:37 AM
 
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Before we retired someone we knew that had already retired said to ask ourselves, "what would we do all day in retirement?". .........
Based on similar previous threads, I realize that there is a huge difference between individuals. Some people are frightened about retirement and have no idea what they will do with their time. Others are content to "take it easy" and have little interest in doing or accomplishing much of anything. Chores, TV, reading and perhaps a household pet or some gardening will suffice. A few others, myself included, look at retirement as an opportunity to set new goals, learn and strive for excellence in new areas. Different goals and expectations mean different locations will meet our individual requirements.
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Old 09-30-2017, 10:03 AM
 
Location: USA
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I tried a rural lifestyle many years ago and it was not for me.

No public transit if I could not drive
Limited medical options, especially the medical specialties.
Once those church pot lucks and high school football games got tiresome there was little else to do
Long freezing winters where I started having cabin fever after awhile. There was only so much skiing I could do.
Little work if I wanted to do a little of it, and whatever was available paid to little to be worth my time.

I think you need to be raised rural and be an outdoorsman type of person to really be content with a rural lifestyle. I lived (and still live) in cosmopolitan cities all my life.

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Old 09-30-2017, 11:15 AM
 
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Based on similar previous threads, I realize that there is a huge difference between individuals. Some people are frightened about retirement and have no idea what they will do with their time. Others are content to "take it easy" and have little interest in doing or accomplishing much of anything. Chores, TV, reading and perhaps a household pet or some gardening will suffice. A few others, myself included, look at retirement as an opportunity to set new goals, learn and strive for excellence in new areas. Different goals and expectations mean different locations will meet our individual requirements.
I've observed this too. I think a lot has to do with what kind of working life someone had. I was run all over the place, 24x7, and I'm content with having no agenda. Still can't do rural though...I miss having amenities at my fingertips.
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Old 09-30-2017, 11:19 AM
 
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I tried a rural lifestyle many years ago and it was not for me.

No public transit if I could not drive
Limited medical options, especially the medical specialties.
Once those church pot lucks and high school football games got tiresome there was little else to do
Long freezing winters where I started having cabin fever after awhile. There was only so much skiing I could do.
Little work if I wanted to do a little of it, and whatever was available paid to little to be worth my time.

I think you need to be raised rural and be an outdoorsman type of person to really be content with a rural lifestyle. I lived (and still live) in cosmopolitan cities all my life.
my sentiments exactly , i couldn't have said it better myself .
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Old 09-30-2017, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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Lived on Long Island our entire lives and retired to Naples, Florida. We like that Naples has a lot of restaurants, stores and beautiful beaches. We also enjoy the summers here. Although some people feel it's too busy, we like that. We would be miserable if we lived in a rural community. To each their own!


Before we retired someone we knew that had already retired said to ask ourselves, "what would we do all day in retirement?". As you look at possible retirement places, ask yourself that question. Rural is beautiful, but what would you do all day? If you have a positive answer to that question, then rural is for you! If not, then it may be city life for you!
Naples is on my short list of places to snowbird. I may pick your brain later if you don't mind?
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Old 09-30-2017, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Rural is nice for a vacation - a week or two. It's quiet, and one can enjoy nature. But then what do you do? Urban for me, please.


There is really no common discussion ground between those who want to live rurally and those who do not. Neither side is correct. It's a preference. My analogy: Some people like broccoli and some don't. There is no point in arguing the merits.
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Old 09-30-2017, 11:44 AM
 
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There is really no common discussion ground between those who want to live rurally and those who do not. Neither side is correct. It's a preference. My analogy: Some people like broccoli and some don't. There is no point in arguing the merits.

I don't think this analogy is of any value. Instead of being like a food preference, the issues are much more complicated. In addition many people approaching retirement or recently retired have not thought through the pros and cons of various choices. I think this sort of discussion can help others consider the factors involved and help them make choices that work. There are also many compromises. Some may avoid city living but realize they want to live near a city. That might not work for others who do not want to be car dependent. Cities also vary greatly and provide different sorts of opportunities and restrictions.
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Old 09-30-2017, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Central Ohio
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Well, if it were just me, I think I am one of those freaks who could, in fact, live happily out in the middle of nowhere. I can read for hours, listen to music for hours, be on the computer for hours, stare into a fire for hours, watch birds or just nature for hours, etc. etc. However, since it's not just me and as others have pointed out, as one ages, medical facilities, public transportation, etc. become more important, I will not be retiring into the wild. However, hope to find a nice, natural area fairly close to nature! We'll see.
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Old 09-30-2017, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Miraflores
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Lived in Manhattan and the suburbs of Long Island for 50 years. Loved the city, hated the suburbs, now live in a city of 10 million on the Pacific coast and it does not get better than this!
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Old 09-30-2017, 02:56 PM
 
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Would be more than happy to give you my perspective on Naples Florida anytime!
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