Originally Posted by W2R
I guess I don't understand the psychology of snowbirding. To me, it seems like the ultimate, expensive consequence of not being able to make up one's mind.
But then, a lot of people do it so I suppose it must have its appeal.
I would certainly urge renting before buying. Your opinion of a location, and of neighborhoods, may change once you are living there.
+1 on this.
When I lived in Boston, I would have been a candidate for heading south in February when the snow is all dirty and slushy and everyone has a cold and the holidays are too far in the past. Even though I hate complicated and expensive situations. A good 3 week vacation in Florida would have done fine if I had had the money and the time.
IMO there would be no reason to snowbird if you lived in coastal California, or even Portland or Seattle. Or really anywhere else that really fits you. I enjoy the winters here, and love the summers. If you really like a place, you want to see it in all seasons. My GF is only off in August, and she tries to get me to travel then. I tell her perhaps a short tour here in WA, but you will never get me out of state in August.
I have a few friends with summer places up in the San Juans. Once or twice I have gone up with them. First spend 5 hours in a hot car in a ferry line. Then have a nice ferry trip, whereupon you have to again get into your car. Then arrive at the homestead where there is always something that has gone wrong since the last visit, so you can't just get busy drinking and deciding how you want to fix the oysters you find. Then back into the car and the even longer line back to the mainland.
I told GF, never again. I like ferry rides and so do you, we'll walk downtown and walk on a ferry out to Bremerton, get some lunch and a drink, then when we return we'll go in Market Fish and buy a couple dozen oysters, take them back to your place and mix some martinis and sit on your deck looking at your beautiful view eating oysters and drinking martinis. If we want company we can always invite them for all of part of it. Also, a semi-deserted downtown Seattle in summer is charming.
Sooner or later she will likely dump me for being a stick in the mud, but maybe not.