Confirm with a Visit
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Before you make a final decision about which community you
choose to call home, check it out in person. What you experience during your
visit may confirm what you’re already
thinking—or it may encourage you to
ask new questions and open your eyes
to new possibilities. Either way, visiting
your top-tier choices is a vital part of
the decision-making process.
While you’re there, make the most
of your visit. Socialize with community
residents, visit shops, try area restaurants and investigate the town or city.
Does it meet your cultural, recreational,
educational and medical expectations?
Have fun, but use the time to do what
you might do if you lived there. You’ll
be glad you did.
Set the Date
Check the calendar and circle the
travel dates that are best for you. Even
if you’re not planning a visit soon, reserve your dates. Many other people
want to travel at the most desired
time and those dates fill fast. Ask
friends who may also be interested
in the communities you have in mind to
join you and make it an adventure.
Arrange a Visit with
Check with the communities to make
sure that your dates are available. (Many
prime travel periods may be blocked or
have limited availability.) Once you find
a date, reserve it. Ask communities if
they provide accommodation packages.
Many do, often at a discount.