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People that spend half the year in one location and the other half in a much warmer location are usually known as snowbirds. Generally older people and retirees, snowbirds get to enjoy the best weather all year long by heading south when winter rolls around. As much fun as being a snowbird can be, all that traveling comes with a lot of responsibility. Retirees also tend to be on a fixed income, so the snowbird lifestyle doesn’t leave a lot of room for errors and poor planning. If you’re planning on becoming a snowbird, use these travel tips to stay safe and save money.
Looking After Your Property
If you’re spending half your time in another part of the U.S. or another country, at least one of your properties is going to need some looking after. You have a few options when it comes to keeping tabs on your property. You can ask your neighbor, if they live in area full time, to check up on your home from time to time. You can also install a video security system. The latest systems come with remote viewing options, so you can watch a live feed of your home even if you’re on the beach hundreds of thousands of miles away.
Forwarding Your Mail
You can take care of most of your bills and other expenses online, but you’ll still need a way of receiving traditional mail for bills, healthcare information, and important notices from the federal government. Keeping track of your personal information when you’re split between two different properties isn’t always easy. To avoid having important documents lost in the mail, make one property your main residence. When you’re out of town, you can ask USPS to hold your mail for an extended period.
Saving Money on Air Travel
Booking all those flights back and forth can really damage your retirement savings account. To get a better deal on airfare, try booking either way in advanced or at the last minute. Airlines always giving away seats right before takeoff to make sure every flight is full. If you’re retired, there’s a good chance you can leave on a dime. You should also try to avoid flying on weekends, especially Fridays and Sundays. If one airport is too expensive, consider driving a little further out of your way to a cheaper airport nearby.
Life is too short to not enjoy it. Make your plans for retirement and take advantage of the down time. You deserve it!
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