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The_Painting_Teacher

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Posted: 04/06/14 07:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After a few dull returns from snow birding in Fla, we've added 2 - 3 weeks to our winters away .... NC Outer Banks, Charleston SC, Hilton Head, the Natchez Trace, New Orleans, Gettysburg, Gulf Shores, Ashville NC, and the Shenandoah Valley. We already have plans for next year to return via Nashville TN, Lexington KY, and Vicksburg MS. Who says you have to go right home? Camp on!





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Posted: 04/06/14 08:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The trip to & from the snowbird destination can really enhance the experience.
Most we know rush back in a few days.

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Don't understand the rushing back. Many left here to go home to ice, snow and freezing temps. Why??

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Why come back at all? [emoticon]


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Posted: 04/07/14 05:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mockturtle wrote:

Why come back at all? [emoticon]


Kids and grandkids. Also there is no place prettier then up north for about 3-4 months.

Now becoming a sunbird that's the way to go. Just have to talk the DW into it.

To the OP, you have it exactly right. The best part of snowbirding for us was the slow trip north. We would take about 6 or more weeks to do it.

Most snowbirds that have park models or S&B's race home to save the expense of hotels. This being RV.Net I would assume most don't since there is no real reason too. They can "vacation" all the way back riding spring like a surfer on a wave.

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My brother and his wife came to Florida partial and then full Winters for 29 years. It took them 3 days from near the Canadian Border. They came the same route and made the same stops each year. Now he tells me he wishes they had done it differently. We take a month coming and going and a different route each time to see and do what we haven't before. We spend at least 2 nights at each stop and try to get a feel for an area. This is America with a lot of great people to meet, local food to try, and nearby sights that the locals are mighty proud to show off and tell you about. Don't be a woulda, coulda, shoulda.
May and October are our 2 travel months.

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I think it depends on when you head for home. If you leave on March 1st, or even April 1st, the weather is probably not that conducive to spending time in between the sun and home. I know we sure want to stay in the sun later than we have been doing. We always fight the weather on the way home and then at home to boot. Got to come up with way to deal with our tax returns while snowbirding.


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Snowman9000 wrote:

I think it depends on when you head for home. If you leave on March 1st, or even April 1st, the weather is probably not that conducive to spending time in between the sun and home. I know we sure want to stay in the sun later than we have been doing. We always fight the weather on the way home and then at home to boot. Got to come up with way to deal with our tax returns while snowbirding.


Tax returns and out of province health insurance is what sets our dead line. It sure would be nice to be able to wait for good weather.


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Tax returns are easy to deal with. Use a mail forwarding service. Change address on everything to that. You will receive any paperwork needed for taxes. You can then either go to a tax professional with your paperwork, or do your taxes online at turbo tax or any of the other online services. That's how we full-timers do things. Our taxes are all done, we've received all but one of our refunds and we did have to file in 2 states and in the city where we have our rental property.

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We've done this too, love to make stops at Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach the Outer Banks or sometimes head west to the Panhandle.
Not usually in a big hurry to get home but once we are above the Mason Dixon I do get anxious to see family and friends up north.

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