Many of us dream of the day that we can be part of the thousands of U.S. and Canadian snowbirds who head to warmer climates during winter. As with any major life transition, it's best to plan well in advance and prepare accordingly to ease any anxiety or feelings of being overwhelmed.
To help you out, we've rounded up eight easy tips for planning your snowbird lifestyle.
First, you'll want to choose your way to stay. Many snowbirds RV, and we love to host them at our resorts in Florida, Arizona, California, and beyond. But you can also rent or purchase a park model or vacation cottage.
Consider whether you want to become a long-term occupant, or have a more transient snowbird lifestyle. If you crave consistency, purchasing a park model may be a better option. But if you're a road warrior, RVing is a great way to explore the U.S.
When you're out of your regular area, ensure that you're insured. Check with your medical provider for out-of-network restrictions and consider purchasing traveler's insurance. Additionally, let your home insurance provider know that you'll be away from your permanent residence during your snowbird stay.
With the snowbird lifestyle becoming increasingly popular, you'll want to plan your destination(s) well in advance. RVers have more flexibility, but home renters may want to book their stays months or even up to a year ahead of time.
Don't forget to prep your permanent home for its time alone during the winter. You may want to shut off your water if you plan to keep the heat off while you're gone. And make sure a friend or relative is keeping an eye on your abode.
Here are some tips for winterizing your home.
Do a bit of digging to find out if there are any taxes that would be your responsibility. Account for higher sales taxes in your budget, plus factor in any additional taxes you could be responsible for if you're purchasing a home.
We hope these tips are helpful to you as you plan your snowbird lifestyle. If you enjoyed this post, do us a favor and share it with your friends on social media!