You can’t go from the Midwest to Florida in the winter – for any length of time – and not have people ask if you are getting ready to buy a place down here. We’ve been down here for 5 weeks now and that has brought us 35 days closer to coming up with a more permanent Snowbird plan.
We’ve really clicked with the Florida Winter Summerland vibe this year. Perhaps that shouldn’t have been a surprise since we’ve probably vacationed here 25x in the last thirty years. It’s long been our favorite place to go to and most of those trips have been in the winter months.
Related: Winter Summerland
Our extended Sunshine State stay this winter has gotten us to what we’re now labeling ‘The Florida Project’. Framing up an investment in a winter place of our own in Florida. It’s not something we will jump right into, but something we’ll probably work out over the next few years. Key parts of the puzzle will be where to we want to be, how many months we’ll use it, and if we’ll downsize our current house in MN.
Related: Downsizing Day Coming?
We didn’t build our FIRE plan with a second place in it, but it was always in the back of our minds. We started our FIRE lifestyle with a bit of a financial buffer and that’s only improved with the nice market returns the last few years. I’m sure we can get the numbers to work on a high-level, but we’ll have to put pen to paper to figure out all of the exact considerations.
Happy to hear / would appreciate any thinking that was helpful for anyone else at this stage of the Snowbirding process. Any good resources that helped you?
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