Chapter Two: Lifestyle
Quality of Life
The first Choose the Right Place step is CONSIDER YOUR PRIORITIES.
Lifestyle is a choice. You are in control.
How and where do you want to live?
Since where you live affects how you
live, lower property taxes, advanced
education, engaging museums and theatres, and a rich, varied history are all
Answering the following questions be-
fore you begin will help you narrow your
Do you plan to work
when you relocate?
Is your ideal retirement reclining
with a good book and no deadlines, or discovering new hobbies
that utilize your creativity, setting
goals and forging friendships?
Is it important to be close to
major medical facilities?
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What geography defines your
ideal retirement place?
Are you a beach person, a mountain person or a desert person?
Which setting feels the
most like home?
Do you want to pursue a degree or a particular hobby?
Is it important to live in a
place with activities for visiting family and friends?
Everyone’s ideal retirement is different. The trick is to identify what’s
important to you and then find a community that has the location, amenities,
affordability, reputation, and whatever
else matters to you. Talk with other
people who have similar priorities and
who have already made the transition
to a new place and lifestyle. Learn from
their experiences; they are often happy
to share. Visit the communities that fit
your profile before you purchase. Until
you experience, them it’s hard to know
if it is the right place.
Do you prefer to be near a major
city, or would you like to escape
to a secluded natural space?
Live smart, live well… Live South.