I just turned 50, and I have started thinking seriously about my retirement plans with my wife.
While I have always planned to retire to Florida where much of my extended family resides, I have heard that Florida retirement communities are very conservative-minded. Being part of a mixed-race couple and having a socially liberal mindset regarding things like health care and gun control, I would like to find a place where there is a thriving retiree community with a more open mind-set. Ideally the location would offer plenty of outdoor recreation but have more brewpubs with live music than golf courses.
We would like warm, but I am also a die-hard skier so mountain access within maybe four hours would be a major plus. We think we’ll have a nest egg of $2 million plus the proceeds from the sale of our house.
You certainly don’t need to go to Florida to have a wonderful retirement (although you might like Gulfport, suggested here). And retirement doesn’t have to mean a retirement community and golf. Here’s an interesting challenge: Try summing up your retirement motto in just 7 letters.
Why not spend some of your vacation time experiencing possible retirement spots in the offseason? That could give you a better idea of whether an area is really for you, potentially avoiding an expensive mistake. Or maybe you’re able to…