Who are these Snowbirds Everyone Seems to be Talking About?
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Scientists know more about the movement and number of snowbirds of the animal kind than they do about Snowbirds of the human kind. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s best estimate is that there are over 9 million Snowbirds or less frequently called “Winter Texans”, “Sun chasers”, “Gray Nomads” or “Elderly Seasonal Migrants” who have given up the winter cold for the life of good health, activity and warm climate in the Sun Belt and Hawaiian Islands. One thing we know for sure is that the 78 million Baby Boomers are adding to the Snowbird population each year.
Historically, Snowbirds were considered empty nester, seasonal migrants who were at or near retirement age, over the age of 50 who wished to escape the winter snow and cold. Not all Snowbirds are senior citizens however. Thanks to communication technology advances, there is a growing number of younger, telecommuting Snowbirds who use laptops, cell phones and PDAs, blackberries, Bluetooth, videoconferencing, overnight mail, and the fax machine are able to work from practically anywhere. An emerging trend is the Snowbird who is relatively young and able to work from a remote location. Why not enjoy year-round sun? It is expected that the average Snowbird age will drop in the upcoming years with the increase in telecommuting.
Pulling up stakes to go south for the winter, deciding on a life of leisure is a huge change in lifestyle, and it means making what can look like an overwhelming list of difficult decisions. This growing population of sun-chasers currently has very little in the way of resources and inclusive information to assist them in making this big change to a Snowbird lifestyle. The goal of this website is to:
· Provide that information about Snowbirds.
· Provide resources Snowbirds might find useful.
· Answer the most common questions asked by anyone interested in becoming a Snowbird.
WHAT WWW.THESNOWBIRDLIFE.COM HAS TO OFFER
Photographer: Francesco Marino
Visitors will gain a thorough understanding of the Snowbird life and obtain numerous suggestions, ideas and important things to consider. It is the first website designed to be a comprehensive guide for Snowbirds and is very distinct from other websites on this subject.
Www.thesnowbirdlife.com covers a wide range of material regarding the Snowbird life: · The best places for a winter Snowbird residence the annual migration. · The type of housing (single family homes, condominiums, manufactured homes, mobile homes, time shares, retirement communities and recreational vehicles, (RVs)) from which to choose while in the Sun Belt.
The advantages and disadvantages of the Snowbird life for those considering the Snowbird lifestyle.
Www.thesnowbirdlife.com is the place to go for statistical information about Snowbirds, residency options, home preparation, travel choices, and employment opportunities.
The visitor will discover helpful and interesting articles about a variety of Snowbird subjects. The visitor will discover numerous helpful and interesting articles about a variety of Snowbird subjects. The prospective or newbie Snowbird will learn the meaning of strange Snowbird terms and places such as: boondocking, Elderly Seasonal Migrants, Environmental Refugees, The Great Loop, Slab City and S.A.D.
Www.thesnowbirdlife.com provides the latest news that specifically affects Snowbirds as well as local Snowbird-oriented events. Members and visitors alike will have an opportunity purchase the popular book Follow the Sun: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Snowbird as well as a variety of Snowbird apparel.
www.thesnowbirdlife.com offers its members the opportunity to be part of an active Snowbird community. A discussion forum is provided where Snowbirds and those considering the Snowbird life can talk about a wide variety of subjects from where the best RV campgrounds are to the advantages and disadvantages of using house sitters. There even a place for members to post photos of their Snowbird adventures.
There are so many Snowbird locations, it would be impossible to provide information for each and every one. However, the visitor will discover on www.thesnowbirdlife.com valuable information on the main Snowbird states such as; Florida, Texas, Arizona, California and Hawaii.
Www.thesnowbirdlife.com is also the place to go for valuable information and specific features of various Snowbird locations within each state such as climate, demographics, health and educational resources, cultural and entertainment offerings.
FLORIDA: Some of the specific Snowbird locations in Florida that are discussed include: Bradenton, Cape Coral, Clearwater, Dayton Beach, Fort Myers, Gainesville, the Gold Coast, the Keys, Lakeland, Miami, Naples, Ocala, Orlando, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, the Space Coast, St. Petersburg, Tampa, the Treasure Coast and Venice.
TEXAS: Popular Snowbird locations in Texas include: Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Harlingen and McAllen.
Photographer: Paul Martin Eldridge
Arizona has always been a favorite location for Snowbirds, senior citizens, aging Baby Boomers and retirees alike. Some of the most favorite Snowbird locations in this state that are discussed in www.thesnowbirdlife.com incude: Bullhead City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Green Valley, Lake Havasu City, Phoenix and its outline communities, Quartzsite, Scottsdale, Sun Cities, Tucson and Yuma.
CALIFORNIA: Even though the state of California has a relative high cost of living and questionable fiscal accountability, it remains a popular retirement location for Baby Boomers and Snowbirds. Some of the specific areas include: Coachella Valley including Palm Springs and other Snowbird cities in the valley, Escondido, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Coast, San Diego and the Southern California Coast.
HAWAII: What respectable Snowbird website would be complete without providing information about the islands of Hawaii: The Big Island, Kauai, Maui and Oahu.
Www.thesnowbirdlife.com takes Snowbird locations a step further by providing important information about some of the cooler, less popular, but equally important Snowbird locations such as:
Photographer: Paul Martin Eldridge
- Austin, Texas,
- Baton Rouge Louisiana,
- Boulder City, Nevada,
- Charleston, South Carolina,
- Galveston Texas,
- Henderson, Nevada,
- Houston, Texas,
- Jacksonville, Florida,
- Lafayette, Louisiana,
- Lake Charles, Louisiana,
- Las Vegas, Nevada,
- Mobile, Alabama,
- Morro Bay and Pismo Beach, California,
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,
- New Orleans, Louisiana,
- Pensacola, Florida,
- San Antonio, Texas,
- San Luis Obispo, California,
- Santa Barbara, California,
- Santa Maria, California,
- Savannah, Georgia,
- Tallahassee, Florida.
Photographer: Boaz Yiftach
While these locations are a little cooler in the winter than the primary Snowbird locations, many retirees and Snowbirds prefer them for a number of reasons that are discussed.
As www.thesnowbirdlife.com grows, look for articles and information about Snowbirding abroad to be included. Many Snowbirders prefer to spend the winters in countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Thailand and the Philippines. There is a growing Snowbird community of Americans and Canadians in foreign lands as birds of a feather like to flock together.
In addition, www.thesnowbirdlife.com plans to feature articles and a book specifically for Sun Birds – those living in the Southern climate that travel north each summer to avoid the miserable heat many of those places experience each year.