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Staying home (same town) 57 49.57%
Moving locally (within 60 miles) 7 6.09%
Moving far (within the US) 36 31.30%
Moving real far (outside US) 10 8.70%
Moving continuously (RV, travel, etc.) 5 4.35%
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Old 11-23-2006, 07:55 AM   #21
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One of the BIG advantages of ER is that you don't have to be in such a rush to change your circumstances but can take you time adjusting to smaller changes and feeling things out and experimenting before making irrevocable decisions. As people mention - quitting working is in itself a huge adjustment.

People retiring at age 65 often feel time pressure because they don't think they have many healthy years left. So they feel like they have to implement their "retirement dream" as fast as possible. This can be very disruptive (not to mention exhausting), and it's really hard to know whether the idealistic dream you have carried for years is what will really make you happy.

I'm glad we took a while to "move". The first 2 to 3 years after retirement we did a tremendous amount of travel. It was nice being able to do that from an established home base. And what we thought we really wanted to spend time doing changed during that time. After a couple of years we had a much clearer path to follow.

Gosh - for the first six months after ER I was in shell-shock anyway. I needed to "decompress" from a stressful job. It's hard to objectively evaluate your desires and interests when you are still in decompression mode - best to just take it pretty easy during that time and focus on improving your health, getting enough sleep, exercise, and having a LOT of fun!

Then when the fog clears you can make good decisions about your future!

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Old 11-24-2006, 02:23 PM   #22
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Yes to audrey's first paragraph about time. You will have more time to enjoy daily life and you have time to explore new places in various seasons to see if they are suitable. there is no deadline on your decision to move or not.
That is my favorite part of ER. I have time for whatever suits me.
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Old 11-25-2006, 02:58 AM   #23
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I think the biggest factor is being near aging parents and your kids/grandkids. You can move near them or you can find a way to get them closer to you.
For us: Being on that perfect chunk of warm windy sailing-boating water and still not too too far from parents, friends, and family members was (is) the goal. Oh yeah, and decent schools since we'll still have one in school. I never really considered the term "RE friendly" in the equation, more just "people friendly". We sacrificed a bit of the year round "warm" in order to keep the travel distances reasonable

We also hated the idea of moving in one traumatic switch so we now have the RE place about 3 yrs ahead of moving there. Not something I would reccomend in general given the volatile home market and diversification issues. Depends on personal circumstances as always.
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Old 11-25-2006, 06:14 AM   #24
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We are in the process of selling one of our houses and will take up residence in the other (smaller one in the same town). So we'll still be close to family and friends. OTOH, we will be living (a month to three months) in different places as the whim or mood strikes us--an adventure so to speak. Very much looking forward to it.

Then, after a year or so, we'll decide if we want to set up permanently in another place or not. No rush at all to make that decision.
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Old 11-25-2006, 11:18 AM   #25
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No rush may sound good on the surface but I'm sure glad we sold our home in Michigan when we did. I understand from the realtor that we would probably have to take a 70,000 cut in the selling price in todays market. Also in Florida where we bought prices have doubled in 2 years. So waiting may sound good but.
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Old 11-25-2006, 04:05 PM   #26
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we dont want to be away from our kids so we drew a 2 hour circle around new york city and are investigating areas in these locations.

even though we dont see the kids that ofton with their busy lives and friends consuming them its still comforting to know in 2 hours you can be there or them by you .

the thought of having to fly back from some place makes it to formal and to in-accessable ,even if its just in our minds.
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we dont want to be away from our kids so we drew a 2 hour circle around new york city and are investigating areas in these locations.
Interesting technique. An acquaintance of mine who retired as a general officer from the USAF (hint, had enough pension to live anywhere, and many follow-on job offers from civilian companies) announced he was moving to Omaha, Nebraska. "Why", I asked, "Aside from the fact that Warren lives there"?

"Simple", he replied, "I drew a map circle centered on each of our children's locations and Omaha was the city closest to where the circles intersected."

I don't know if it's a great idea for an ER, as children tend to move, too, perhaps just after the parents get settled ... but it sure saved him a lot of useless indecision.
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"Simple", he replied, "I drew a map circle centered on each of our children's locations and Omaha was the city closest to where the circles intersected."
I don't know if it's a great idea for an ER, as children tend to move, too, perhaps just after the parents get settled ... but it sure saved him a lot of useless indecision.
Eh, he's just hiding the fact that he wants to hang out with all the other retired flags at the STRATCOM O-club!

As far as kids & grandkids, I'm probably too young-- but I don't get it.

I'd rather choose my ER location on the things I enjoy doing, not on the proximity or convenience of visiting my kids or grandkids. Especially when most Americans move within seven years. Even more especially considering how badly the Omaha surf sucks.

If he's living in Omaha then he could probably save enough on expenses to buy quarterly airplane tickets for all his descendants. The problem is that they'd have to come to Omaha...
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As far as kids & grandkids, I'm probably too young-- but I don't get it.
Maybe, but once you are an empty nester, you may think differently. My kids are more important to me today as career adults than I would have ever believed possible when they were still young adults at home.
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Eh, he's just hiding the fact that he wants to hang out with all the other retired flags at the STRATCOM O-club!

If he's living in Omaha then he could probably save enough on expenses to buy quarterly airplane tickets for all his descendants. The problem is that they'd have to come to Omaha...
You obviously aren't familiar with an O-8's retirement check, he could buy the tickets out of his pocket change.

I have two sons in the US and the one who lived close by us, when asked about how he would feel regarding our pending overseas retirement responded, 'you better go now, and see if you can make a place for me to follow' ;-)

Careful now with cracks about Omaha, Warren and I both like it ;-) If they had weather like Manila I might be living there. Actually, a little over a year ago when DW and I were both running our little business we had a good client in Omaha. He was trying to get his organization to make a really big buy ... he thought I was joking when I told him that is we got the contract we would move to Omaha to offer close time support ... perhaps we're lucky the deal fell through or I would now weigh 300 pounds eating at Johnny's every week.
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HI, just posted in the moving South thread above...we do 3 months in Florida but still call Iowa our home...just enough to get out the cold but be here for grandkids, holidays, summer golf and fun...so far so good...Ted
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You obviously aren't familiar with an O-8's retirement check, he could buy the tickets out of his pocket change.
Thank god I'm not-- with apologies to W.C. Fields, the two years I spent on a flag staff were easily the worst decade of my career.

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Careful now with cracks about Omaha, Warren and I both like it ;-) If they had weather like Manila I might be living there.
Gimme two weeks with them out here, and I'll have both him & Astrid surfing while they put their Omaha home up for sale!
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Maybe, but once you are an empty nester, you may think differently. My kids are more important to me today as career adults than I would have ever believed possible when they were still young adults at home.
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