For many retirees and working professionals with flexible jobs, seasonal living is the ideal lifestyle. People who embrace this way of life are often called snowbirds or winter visitors. They migrate from their homes in a colder climate, such as Canada, the Northeast or Midwest, to a warmer, more mild location. Seasonal living means having your cake and eating it too! Spending the otherwise harsh winter and spring in a temperate area, like Arizona, and the summer months in your home state.
When you’re thinking about retirement planning or early retirement, here are 6 reasons seasonal living is a phenomenal choice for your retirement.
- Amazing Weather
Who wouldn’t want to enjoy plentiful sunshine and warmth in the dead of winter? What about year round golf? Many people choose to retire in Arizona, or one of the “sunbelt” states, for these reasons alone. Also, living in a climate that isn’t prone to winter hardships like ice and snow is a smart idea for older adults, who can be at risk for falls on slippery surfaces.
- Time with Family
You may think moving south for the winter months will keep you from your family which isn’t true. Seasonal living means you can be close to your family during the summer and enjoy the holidays with them. Then, just when the weather is starting to turn cold and unpleasant, you can zip off to your winter home in a warmer climate.
If your grown children or grandchildren are looking for a place to vacation in the winter, they can visit you! Time spent with family in your seasonal home will become a treasured memory.
- Keep Your Roots
Many retirees grow up in a Midwestern or Northeastern town and don’t want to permanently leave. Seasonal living is the perfect arrangement, since you can still keep a home in the town you grew up in, while enjoying a winter home in another state for several months of the year. There are also options if you’re not looking to own two homes. You can rent for the season, or for the more adventurous, take an RV to move between locations.
- Enjoy Physical Activity All Year
Keeping an active lifestyle is key to enjoying good health as you age. Seasonal living gives you the opportunity to do more of the outdoor activities you enjoy, such as golf, walking, bicycling, swimming, and enjoying nature. The plethora of outdoor activities and practically year-round availability of gorgeous scenery, golf courses, trails and pools makes Scottsdale Arizona one of the best places to retire in Arizona.
- Change of Scenery
Living in the same town day after day, year after year, can get boring. A change of scenery can help stimulate your brain, which can help you stay mentally active. Especially if you’re considering early retirement, embracing a seasonal lifestyle can help you get more enjoyment out of life while traveling and seeing what our beautiful country has to offer.
- Make New Friends
Seasonal retirement communities are very social places. Many communities also host fun social events designed to connect their residents. There are many cultural activities as well in which to engage with others that share your interests, making the transition a bit smoother. The cultural scene in the Phoenix area boasts beautiful botanical gardens, operas and ballets, sporting events and many others, making it one of the best places to retire in Arizona.
With a seasonal population of more than 300,000 residents and daytime temperatures averaging 70 degrees, seasonal living has more than its fair share of benefits in Arizona. Another benefit that makes Arizona one of the best places to retire is that it’s full of activities, such as golf, hiking, bird watching, gambling and social events. Whether you’re considering an Arizona retirement, or another sunshine state, seasonal living is the way to go!
Contact us if you have any questions or to find out more about our community and what Terravita has to offer.