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I'd better present my credentials to write about long term travel. By the time I was in the sixth grade I had changed schools ten times, in six towns in Georgia and Tennessee. You might think a child raised in that way would buy a house as soon as he could afford one and never travel farther than the local post office. Well, no, since then 2 countries, 9 states, 10 cities, 15 houses; 3 kids but only one wife and Janet is enjoying the ride. After all, Ray Charles gave his guidance, "Hit the road Jack."
And the Good Book says that the Lord will have us lie down in green pastures, and restore our soul. Several sojourns of ours have qualified.
It's the kids who settled, and they'd lived in only 8 houses before college. Then they went to ground, Bill in Salt Lake City, Laura in Philly, Fred in Hollywood. We produced only stereotypes; a ski bum, a Philadelphia lawyer and a Hollywood writer.
Sometimes I think the only thing I taught the kids was how to get on an airplane; but if that's the only thing it's a pretty good one. It's not that the kids don't travel, they've been to places all over the world that I haven't but they always come back to home base.
In the 15 years since we last owned, a Hilton Head Island condo, Jan and I have rented and stayed for months at a time in five states and a Canadian province; 37 different units; moved over 2 ¼ times per year on average. I am still a business consultant, and when I sometimes stay in a resort town and serve a client, it's a double benefit.
What we have learned can help you too, when you take a trip for a month or a season. An extended trip allows you to learn about a community and an area, dig into events and scenery, meet people and hear tales. And loll; I've had precious few places to hang a hammock since Hilton Head and I miss it. Nowadays I settle for a nice porch and view. And sittin' on a dock in the bay.
Everybody's Got to be Somewhere
Travel and Stay for Months
Do you consider a months' long visit to a USA or Canadian destination? Here is a tale from one who has spent 15 years in resort communities winter and summer, who relates how to plan and then enjoy the experience, the communities, the people. And the temperature, a prime reason to travel.
An extended trip allows you to learn about a community and an area, dig into events and scenery, meet people and hear tales while sittin' on a dock in the bay.
Why spend a few months in another location? The short answer is to create a more pleasant travel experience for you, based on your personal preferences.
For many readers the plan will be driven by desire for a comfortable temperature. Good thinking, and applicable both summer and winter. We list the highpoints, and low points as well, from experience
My traveling friends agree that, in addition to temperature, the big three to seek out for a pleasant long stay, in some order, are
* A community that provides activities and geography to fit your life style.
* A community that allows you to meet and associate with people of your choice (and you may choose many or few).
* A specific housing unit that meets your life style and budget.
The book deals with themes, replete with personal examples, to help define long term travel in your personal terms. If it fits, come join us.
* Identify the activities in your life style, and values, interests, and expectations, because a long term destination community, and rental unit, must provide them.
* How to find a good fit, choose both the community and the rental unit. Hint: the internet can be your ally, or a hindrance.
* A generous list of desirable winter and summer destinations, avoiding snow and hurricanes; descriptions and characteristics of popular communities. Think resort communities.
* Explain how long term visits are not like a week on the shore, or in the mountains. As you live in enjoyable destinations for a longer time, you'll find that expectations, activities and logistics differ quite a bit from quick visits. Here's how you can enjoy the locale and the people.
- Publication Date:
- 1540558630 / 9781540558633
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 8" x 10"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Travel / United States / General