When people hear the word retiring, you generally think of them moving to retirement communities in the warmer sunny states such as Arizona or Florida. This day and age, many retirees have a different idea.
Where else would people choose to retire?
Not all retirees are ready to give up. Many people are choosing to retire in states with moderate temperatures and in college towns! Many people today have planned out their retirement years ahead and many are retiring at a much earlier age than in years past.
Why Choose a College Town?
As some people would consider retiring to a college town a nuisance, many people welcome the idea, for instance:
College towns off a wide variety of activities for people of all ages. Some people may choose such a place for the sporting events. Colleges will always hold different sporting events such as soccer, basketball, football, and swimming. Season tickets are always available, and for the avid sports fan this could be just the right place for them.
Some folks may like the idea of being around the young and joining in on activities such as theater, museums, parks and trails. Many people that have been empty-nesters for a good amount of time, simply like the fact of being around the young, keeping them young at heart and also making the elderly retirees think about their own health and staying active.
Many developers even build retirement communities around campuses giving the retirees full access to the campus, some retirees are even part of the university faculty and some retired faculty.
Another reason retirees are looking at campus towns for retirement is to continue on with their studies. Many times people have found themselves retiring from jobs that they worked at for many years, and never took the time to pursue any studies of their choice. Living in a campus town offers them the chance of keeping their minds sharp and learning new things such as, playing musical instruments, culinary arts, literature, or simply joining book clubs. The possibilities really are endless.
Retiring to a campus town also gives the retirees more choices of volunteering. Whether it be selling tickets at sporting events, volunteering in a library, raising money for special events, again, an endless variety to choose from.
Things to Consider When Planning Your Destination
Although the word ‘retirement’ often makes a person think only about money, there are several other factors to consider when making the decision on where to retire.
Think about things that you would love to do, whether it be studies, hobbies, or social groups, make your decision based on these things. When you are doing the things you love, it makes for a happy life.
For married couples retiring together, be sure to make plans that suit both your needs. Maybe you never had much time together during the working years, and by simply discussing your likes, dislikes, and dreams, you may just find out that you have much more in common than you ever knew and that will lead to a very happy retirement!
Mrs. Jones lives in Missouri and enjoys writing in her spare time. She writes a lot on retirement living. For more information on what it means to be a DFW Active Adult, check out Nathan Carlisle.