2010; my husband and I both are working as we had done for most of the previous decade. The usual routines and activities are taking place and life is good. We discussed retiring early and what it was we wanted to do with the rest of our lives. But where would we retire to? And what year would we retire? These questions of where and when would start to be explored this year.
2010; many trips to another state within the US would take place to view many homes in many different locations. With the housing market bubble bursting in 2006, our area was not hit as hard. We decided we could sell and make a profit and buy another home in an area where the market was hit hard. The current home would be put on the market for a short period of time and with no new home in a new location found, it just was not the right time. The current home was taken off the market and the planning for the future retirement ended for a while and the wait and see was to take place for a couple more years.
2012; a trip was made to Mexico; where homes were viewed in different locations. It was an exciting idea to think about living in this country. Some of our criteria would be met living in Mexico, but the excitement of living in Mexico was short lived. Though it was an informative visit, the results were not to our liking in regards to the housing available to us and the expectations we had at that time. It was back to the routine until the next destination was determined.
2014; a trip was made to Costa Rica; where homes were viewed in different locations. Once again, it was exciting to think about living in this country. Some of our criteria and expectations would be met and the trip was very helpful in determining if Costa Rica would be a good fit. Once again, the cons outweighed the pros and it was back to the routine back home until the next destination was determined.
2015; a trip was made to another area in Mexico; this area was more exciting and met more of our expectations. This trip unlike the previous trips, we were already retired, not working and ready to make a move. Different locations were visited and many homes were viewed and excitement grew with each visit. A new home was found and an offer was placed; but it fell through and it was not meant to be. We arrived back home to contemplate the next step in our desire to locate the next location in our next chapter of our lives.
2015; several trips were made to another state within the US to view many homes in many different locations. This is the same state visited in 2010 – but this time it was different. We had different reasons and different criteria for moving.
2016: plans are in motion for the current home to place on the market in a month’s time. Another trip is planned in a few weeks to view and find our future home.