The decision that you are about to make is one that will impact the rest of your life. You may of course have very clear-cut ideas about what you really want in the retirement destination of your choice.
For example, if you are fond of reading and literary pursuits, you may feel that it would be ideal to settle in a University town such as Ann Arbor. But isn’t there a possibility that it may not suit you in some other way?
Look at the example of Portland. It does really seem like a rather attractive place to settle, but property prices are on the high side here. So you may come to the conclusion that it’s not such a good idea after all.
Do remember that it is well worth taking your time in trying to decide where you should ultimately retire. Don’t forget that this is the decision of a lifetime, probably one of the most important that you will ever have to make. So don’t rush it – if you think you may be close to making your choice, it may be a good idea to visit the place for a short spell and talk to local people. They will be able to give you an idea of what it’s like living in the place from day to day.
And this is not to suggest at any time that you will not find the kind of place that you are looking for or come up against snags at every turn. It’s just that you have to be so much more careful, because once your decision is made and your bags are packed, in all probability there will be no turning back. It would really be terrible to find that after all the care you have taken to arrive at a decision, you’ve made a mistake and there’s nothing you can do about it.
On the face of it, every place you’ve read about has a charm of its own. So by that logic, any one of them should be right for you because you feel they sound like good places to retire in. But occasionally, you may find one element or another in a particular location that could make things difficult for you. Remember that the final decision is one that only you can make, especially if you are single. If you are making the decision as a couple, there may be factors at play that will suit one of you and not the other, although you both agree that the location, cost of living etc. will suit your pocket.
If you have very major issues about a particular place, regardless of the fact that it is agreeable in itself, it would be better to think again. Remember that you have a host of wonderful locations to choose from. So once again, take it slow and give it plenty of thought. Put your heads together as a couple and you are very likely to make the right decision. Then you can really relax and go for it!