Getting out and exploring new things is always a good time. Retirement planning can fall into that category too! Whether you’re searching for a retirement destination near or far, make it a fun travel experience. Here’s how!
Visit some active adult communities and see firsthand what they’re all about. This could be an overnight trip or several days! In addition to finding out what amenities each community has to offer, you’ll get to experience new towns and areas. This can be especially fun since many active adult retirement communities have a very resort-like feel to them!
Visit a few small towns in your area. This can be as short as a day trip or overnight. You could even take two or three days and visit several small towns on a mini road trip. Do a little research first and plan your visit during a festival or small-town event. There are many advantages to retiring in a small town but just visiting can be fun too!
Travel to a resort area and combine vacation and retirement research on a whole new level! Go somewhere like Hilton Head for a week. While you’re there, explore some of the communities in the area. Enjoy yourself while learning too. You have a legitimate reason for visiting the communities, you are not wasting anyone’s time. You are the prime prospect, but most communities are helpful and low-pressure. If you really did fall in love with the place, maybe renting for a season would be a good idea first too!
Finally, explore your own city. Go downtown and experience the mixed-use, high-rise, lofts, town centers, and other interesting concepts in your very own metro downtown or midtown. What would it be like to walk to restaurants and museums from your very own condo? Urban life might not be for all Boomers – but is it for you?
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Originally published July 07, 2022