Snowbird Travel Planner
Part 1: What is a snowbird?
Just as fall
brings on its annual display of colorful foliage, so too it reminds us
of the oncoming chill of winter that follows. To many it is a welcome
sign of a new season of outdoor recreation and activities: football,
hunting, ice hockey, skiing, and sledding, just to name a few. To others
it is the migratory signal to start packing and begin heading to warmer
climates. For those escapees there is a name; they are called snowbirds.
Migrate - to move periodically from one region or climate to another, as (snow) birds
or fish. -
Each October marks
the beginning of the annual migration of literally millions of RVs to
warm destinations in the south. You veteran snowbirds and full-timers
know what to expect, you've been down the road before, you're looking
forward to the trip. But to novice snowbirds this is a new adventure,
and although it may be very exciting, it need not be an ordeal. Probably
the biggest ordeal for novice snowbirds, and experts alike, is deciding
on where to go. And that leads us to the next question ...
migrate south to avoid the cold of winter, the obvious answer to the
question, "where do snowbirds migrate?", should be "where
it's warm and sunny." But that's not specific enough. There are
many differences between the offerings that each southern state has to
offer. The activities and attractions available at any given destination
play as much a role as the weather in the decision process. Where
snowbirds migrate is based on a multiplicity of factors:
And don't forget what is probably the strongest
motivation to choose one destination over another, people. Sharing the
company of old friends and relatives, or making the acquaintance of new
friends, can be strong reasons to go somewhere. Seeing old faces and
catching up on the times are cherished moments, moments which are
oblivious to the current weather, local attractions, or events of the
- of course you're going to a place where the climate is warm, but
do you prefer sunny beaches, arid desserts, moist tropical breezes?
Do you like the feel of being out in the woods, near the lake, up in
- what do you like to do? Are you into fishing or boating? Do you
like to hike, bike, or take long walks? Would you rather shop or
attend social functions? Are you a rock-hound or into antiques? Do
you just want a peaceful place to relax? Do you prefer rural
communities or "near" city destinations?
- what are your interests? Do you like to take in a movie or go to
restaurants occasionally? How about visiting historical landmarks
and buildings? Are you drawn to the national parks or scenic
wonders? Have you a passion for flea marts, concerts, theme parks,
or travel shows?
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