We've been downsizing / right sizing since 2009 starting at my parent's house and moving on to our own after that and now we are wondering where we should go for the next step -- the AARP move. I think we are on a good path to perpetual downsizing and learning how to re-purpose what we do have to get the most out of what takes up space in our lives.
The first part of the AARP plan may be deciding whether or not to move. Sometimes moving make sense and sometimes it doesn't, let's figure out some things to think about.
- Family and friends - how close do you want to be to those people? You may want to think about what those folks will be doing too, will they always want to be where they are now? For me it's fairly easy on the family front, most of mine no longer live on the frozen tundra.I would like to be near a vibrant community and perhaps a University, but it's not a deal breaker.
- Weather - I'll share with you that Minnesota's climate is unfriendly, we have the Amazon in the summer and Siberia in the winter -- who wouldn't want to live here! As we consider locations I keep thinking that a place with less extremes would be a nice start. San Diego and Santa Barbara are both places with lovely weather, Minnesota not so much. I just want to be able to walk every day without worrying about falling on the ice or collapsing because of the heat.
- It costs how much! There are definitely places that have a lower cost of living than Minnesota, but there are trade offs and it's important to figure out if those places really are cheaper. We have lots of practice living on the low end and that should still be doable as we age out of the workplace.
- Housing for old farts - okay I still am not sure I'm an old fart, but if I were I would want my house to be easy to live in. As a Minnesota resident, I do not want a house with a steep driveway and that has no age barrier, it's just common sense! In the household pieces that are nice to have I would include being able to live on one level, no thresholds, not too many stairs into the house.
- What about being an RVer? Yes the open road is appealing, but there are a lot of expenses that go with that lifestyle. I would love to hear from anyone doing it full time or those that have stopped to learn what to pay attention to.
- What about being transient? This is easier for the non-doggie crowd, but it would be tempting to go from place to place renting houses and experiencing all the USA has to offer -- or why stop there, how about the world?