Where to retire? The search goes on

The Good Life|May 2020

Where to retire? The search goes on
48 hours to figure out if Palm Springs checks off the ‘musts’ on the list
By Kalin Raible

We are still on the hunt for a place to retire to in 15 – 20 years.

Last year, we looked at Florida. This year we visited California.

We are fortunate enough to have friends — Al and Ann Bridges from Wenatchee — who go to Palm Springs (technically Palm Desert) every year for about two months. After comparing calendars we were able to fit in a 48-hour trip mid-January.

Our Working List for Retirement Requirements:

  • Sunshine. My wife, Mya Archambault, would prefer to only wear flipflops after we retire. I like all four seasons so this will probably be our biggest challenge.

  • Be physically active. This seems to be a key component to enjoying life, continuing to travel, keeping up with family and friends and recovering from whatever ails us.

  • Quality healthcare. My parents opted to retire to Montana and one of them usually makes a trip to the ER each year. It’s about a 90-minute drive — 20 minutes with the helicopter but that is a story for another time.

  • Live in a similar manner to which we have become accustomed.

  • Not to outlive our retirement.

  • Stay engaged in our community via part-time work, volunteering or both.

  • Interesting enough place to live that it’s fun to have visitors.

The trip to California was amazing. Al and Ann rent a second-floor condo with an awesome deck in the gated tennis community of Deep Canyon Tennis Complex. This was their sixth year there.

VRBO has a listing at Deep Canyon Tennis Complex that looks similar for Jan. 1, 2021 - Feb. 28, 2021 for $9,696.19. This is definitely more than Mya and I could afford right now but something to consider working towards.

We arrived on the midnight flight and Al and Ann had arranged for a taxi to pick us up. It took a bit to get that sorted but eventually, we were on our way.


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May 2020