Destination retirement communities (Part 2)

Here’s Part 1 of this article.

If you’ve decided to move for retirement, you might have some questions as to how to begin the process.  Here are some tips:

  • Visit the city and the community. Just as you wouldn’t buy a house sight unseen, you shouldn’t choose a CCRC without visiting.  Schedule some time to drive or fly to your destination so that you can make sure you are making the right choice.
  • Stay for a few weeks.  While it may sound fun to move to a place like Hawaii for retirement, you might get there and decide that you don’t really like the sand and the sun as much as you thought.  Since you are retired, go ahead and take an extended vacation at your chosen destination.  If you’re still not sure, try taking a second trip during an off-season when the weather might not be as nice or the tourists might be gone.
  • Do what the locals do. Get tips from the local chamber of commerce or tourism bureau about where to eat and shop.  Check out local museums and historical sites.  If you’re feeling really adventurous, take a few tours of the area so that you know the local history and customs.
  • Stay at the community. Most people don’t realize that they can request a stay in the guest room at retirement communities.  If you’re interested in moving, taking a test drive of the campus is a great idea!

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