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Top Snowbird Destinations Named for 2021-2022

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

October 27, 2021 – When it comes to naming the best places to be a snowbird many familiar towns come to mind. Most are in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, and South Carolina for the obvious reasons, as they are the warmest contiguous states in winter. But this year a list by StorageCafeĀ“ has come up with some winners that are not exactly household names.

The company used a number of criteria that make sense – miles of beaches, winter temperature, crime, housing costs, parks, internet speed, etc. Many of the choices are unusual, but most are familiar. Some we would have picked, others not (particularly in Arizona and Texas). But in the end the best place to be a snowbird is the place that you like the best, not one picked by someone else.

The winners:

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Posted by Admin on October 27th, 2021

Florida Top Choice for Snowbirds, But Many Migration Paths Lead to Happiness

Category: Retirement Planning

November 26, 2018 — Thanks to the almost 700 members who generously contributed their insights to last week’s “Snowbird” poll. We appreciate you sharing! As promised, here in Part 1 is our first detailed report on the summary for each question. Part 2 features a compilation of the most popular snowbird pairings (where our Members say they want to snowbird to, and from where), along with how they get there and other details of their migrations.

Highlights
Your input confirms many of our pre-conceived opinions, along with some surprises. For example, it is not news that the top snowbird destination states are Florida, Arizona, and South Carolina – in that order. But we were surprised by how many people have a reverse migration pattern; they pack up and go somewhere cooler in the summer. One Member called himself a “sweatbird”, “shadebird” might be another handle!

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Posted by Admin on November 26th, 2018

Renting Frustrations Lead to the Snowbird Dilemma – Rent or Buy?

Category: Retirement Real Estate

March 14, 2016 — Every year about this time a significant segment of the snowbird population, the portion that rents instead of owns their own place, share a common worry. The concern boils down to this simple question – where on earth are we going to stay next winter? In this article we will attempt to explain the many issues that come into play when boomers go about seeking a snowbird rental, and how those factors often drive them to start thinking about owning a place vs. continuing to rent.

The rental worries
Here are some of the major problems that repeat snowbird renters can face – assuming they were lucky enough to find a rental (more…)

Posted by Admin on March 13th, 2016

How to Find a Great Snowbird Rental for the Winter

Category: Retirement Real Estate

Updated August 25, 2015 (originally published December 10, 2013) — The horrible Arctic weather the northern half of the USA experienced in the last 2 winters had at least one major effect – it made a lot more people interested in finding a snowbird rental for the winter! This article will give you suggestions on how to narrow your choices on where to live, give some tips on how to go about finding a winter rental, and provide a list of reader-suggested snowbird destinations from earlier this year. Note that the reader Comments made to both this article and the related ones in the “Further Reading” section are at least as helpful as those in the article itself!

Keys to Success
The keys to success in finding a good snowbird rental are quite simple: get started early, and explore plenty of avenues. Hoping to luck into something is not very likely.

Many Advantages
We think there are many advantages to (more…)

Posted by Admin on December 10th, 2013

Best Places to Retire: Our Ideal Snowbird Pairings

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

July 1, 2013 — Note: Earlier this spring we asked our members for their ideas for future article subjects. We received some terrific suggestions (see “Downsizing, Renting, Affordability Dominate Your Suggestions“). This article is the second we’ve written on those suggestions; the first was “12 Steps to Downsizing Success“.

Many people’s retirement dream features an escape from winter, made possible by timely moves south and north to escape brutal climate extremes. For those who can swing it, snowbirding makes for a great lifestyle, although it does complicate the task of finding the best place to retire. That’s because snowbirds not only have to decide where to go to escape the winter chill, but they have to pair that with the best choice to spend the summer. There is a further complication as well: which location lets them experience the charms of autumn or spring to best advantage. This article will explore some of the key considerations for deciding your ideal winter and summer locations, as well as recommend some of our top snow bird pairings. We also encourage our members to use the Comments section to share their ideas on what makes for the best snow bird choices for living in 2 places.

People who live in the midwest, northeastern U.S., or eastern Canada generally have the strongest desire for the snowbirding retirement lifestyle, since that option provides an escape from (more…)

Posted by Admin on July 1st, 2013