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Old 04-21-2008, 11:59 PM
 
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OK, maybe you'll think I'm nut but considering the world ends Dec 21 2012.... just kidding.

Anyway I'm selling my house and I just became a senior and want to find a very cheap home base somewhere, more to just have a place to park my car and sleep and get ready for another trip.

I don't want to look back and regret I never went anywhere.

I'll do it for 18 months or so and then look for a senior co-op and go back to work part time.

So what's a cheap home base suggestion and cheap for someone that wants to travel for 18 months ?
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:42 PM
 
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I would say some place south, probably Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas area. Housing there is very inexpensive. You can probably find a studio apartment for not much. How much time between trips? What about just putting your stuff in storage and staying at an extended stay hotel?

Another area to look into would be SW Minnesota, specifically Luverne, MN. You can probably find an apartment there for $200/month or so and then fly in and out of the Sioux Falls, SD airport 30 miles away.
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Old 04-22-2008, 09:54 PM
 
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extended stay hotel
That sounds like a great suggestion
Thanks
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Old 04-23-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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I would stay south too, because in the winter you can have more travel problems up north. I bet you can find a cheap place in small town Texas.
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Old 04-23-2008, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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If you are thinking of buying a home or property, be aware that Texas has really high property taxes. Not the cheapest place to rest your hat in between travels. I'd go for Louisiana myself (and I'm a Texan, lol). It's a pretty cheap place to live overall.
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Weimar Tx
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Texas has no Income Tax and property taxes will vary from town to town. All property tax rates in Texas are determined by local taxing authorities and based upon a percentage of each $100 of valuation by appraisal districts. Obviously appraised property values in Podunk will be considerably less than cities in Dallas or Houston metro areas.
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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I think where you decide to make your home base should be based upon where you intend to travel. Will you be traveling by car, bus, train, airplane, etc? Depending on the answer, you will have different choices. Are you only going to be traveling in the U.S.? Any particular region? How long will you be away from your home base? All of these things would have some bearing on where you should make your home base. For instance, if you're planning to travel only by car, and only in the western U.S., you wouldn't want to settle in North Carolina.
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:10 AM
 
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If you are thinking of buying a home or property, be aware that Texas has really high property taxes. Not the cheapest place to rest your hat in between travels. I'd go for Louisiana myself (and I'm a Texan, lol). It's a pretty cheap place to live overall.
Even with higher property taxes, Texas ranks 43rd in overall tax burden (sales, property, income, etc. combined). That makes Texas one of the least expensive places to live in the US. Louisiana ranks 16th.
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Even with higher property taxes, Texas ranks 43rd in overall tax burden (sales, property, income, etc. combined). That makes Texas one of the least expensive places to live in the US. Louisiana ranks 16th.
golfgal, that is interesting. However, if you are living off of savings as opposed to earnings, the Texas taxes would probably get you more than if you lived in a state with low property taxes and a state income tax too. But, you have given me hope that I can retire and still live in Texas, I just need to move out of Austin!
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:35 AM
 
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golfgal, that is interesting. However, if you are living off of savings as opposed to earnings, the Texas taxes would probably get you more than if you lived in a state with low property taxes and a state income tax too. But, you have given me hope that I can retire and still live in Texas, I just need to move out of Austin!
As much as I hate Bush, Texass would be out
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