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An important choice that can significantly affect your quality of life in retirement (or sea or tree change) is where you live. Many retirees prefer to test out various places before settling down rather than making a hasty decision. There are advantages of visiting several places before you move. Which retirement areas take your attention?

The Benefits of Researching Retirement Locations Include:

Before making a final choice, explore various locations. First of all, it enables you to personally experience a location’s lifestyle, environment, and community to make sure it fits your needs and tastes. Secondly, it gives you a chance to make friends and establish a support system in each place, which will help you get to know the people there better. Finally, it gives you the chance to evaluate the cost of living, medical services, and recreational options to make sure your final destination has the services and amenities you want. We’ve visited over 200 locations around Australia for our Where To Retire In Australia books, and the cost of living varies widely as do medical services, access to recreation. Some people took a long time to ‘fit in’.

Thorough research is necessary before starting your exploring tour. To learn more about various retirement locations, use online resources, retirement websites, and discussion groups. Take into account elements including the local weather, cost of living, financial consequences, access to healthcare, recreational possibilities, and proximity to loved ones. Based on your priorities and preferences, compile a shortlist of suitable places.

Photo: Sophie Dale
Photo: Sophie Dale

Prolonged Stays and Short-Term Rentals For Retirement Locations

Arranging prolonged stays or booking short-term lodgings might help obtain a full sense of a retirement destination. Look for chances to house sit or for furnished rentals, vacation homes, or both. This enables you to become fully immersed in the way of life there, discover the surroundings, and interact with the locals. Take some notes of your experience, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each place. This should help you narrow down your selections.

Getting Involved: Retirement Areas

Get involved in the local community while you explore potential retirement areas. Visit neighbourhood centres, participate in hobby groups, go to social events, and look for volunteer opportunities. Interacting with the locals will provide you with knowledge of the social dynamics, facilitate connection, and give you a sense of belonging.

Making connections with retired people who are already residing in the region can be a great source of knowledge and guidance.

Unique Program For Retirees

Even if you are not necessarily looking for a place to live, you may enjoy being a part of a community. For example, the ‘Grey Nomad’ project in Kimba, South Australia welcomes older people who can utilise their skills and experience in various community projects. There’s more information about Kimba here.

‘Grey Nomad’ Janette in the Kimba Museum

Test-Drive Amenities and Services:

When you arrive, be sure to utilise the facilities and services that are most significant to you. Explore shopping opportunities, check out nearby medical services, go to recreation areas, and eat at neighbourhood restaurants. Do these features live up to your expectations and complement your ideal retirement lifestyle? One lady told me that ‘life is very different here’. She ‘didn’t fit in’. Her husband dismissed her concerns. He had made friends at the golf club, and liked socialising there.

Examine Financial Consequences: Retirement Areas

When researching retirement areas, the financial consequences should also be taken into account. Find out about the local rates, real estate costs, and the cost of living in each area.

Does the cost of living, for example, rise when there are visitors? People may find that prices in areas, popular with tourists, can rise during the peak season.

Consider your budget, potential sources of income, and the general affordability of the area in which you are interested. To comprehend the financial effects of moving to other locations, speak with a financial expert (this is important).

Retirement Areas: Keep an Open Mind In Searching

As you explore various locations for a retirement spot, keep an open mind and enjoy the journey. Every place offers different experiences, and you can come across some unanticipated treasures along the road. Finding the ideal retirement spot is a personal choice that needs careful consideration, so take your time and enjoy the adventure.

Where to retire in Australia?  We've done the research, visited over 200 locations.
Photo: Ben Shanks

Before Moving Permanently To Your Retirement Spot

Consider a few retirement locations to help you select the ideal location for your retirement. You may make an informed choice that fits your preferences and way of life by doing thorough study, staying put for a while, getting involved in the community, and taking financial considerations into account. This process is a thrilling chance to expand your horizons, meet new people, and, quite possibly, find the home of your dreams.

Jill Weeks is the author of 21 Ways To Retire and co-author of Where To
Retire In Australia and Retire Bizzi. Information Provider For Great Retirement Lifestyles.
She is a regular contributor to radio

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