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Old 05-16-2010, 09:10 AM   #1
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Snowbirds....returning to the same place?

Winter has passed (thank heavens) and many have returned to their northern homes for another season. Before we all forget about the winter, will you plan to return to the same winter spot or will you move to another location next year? I keep reading that most snowbirds like Florida, Arizona, Mexico or the RGV - have you tried them all? If you will go to a new place this next winter, why are you changing?

We are looking for a place and will start our search next winter. In the meantime, we are trying to learn as much as possible from the CG books, the internet and rvparkreviews. We're getting some excellent suggestions, but I need to find out what real campers and travellers think. What's your
feelings about your past experience? Please name names (CGs and RV Resorts). Thanks............
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:21 PM   #2
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Anything west of the Mississippi River, except coastal California and Phoenix and its 'burbs. Arizona and California for great weather, New Mexico for open spaces. There are parks and campgrounds for all tastes, ages, and budgets. Move about them and you will find many you like.

We like open space, hiking, biking, exploring historic and prehistoric sites, regional food and cultural events. We like the beauty of our Airstream out in the mountains and deserts, a place of great comfort to the body and the soul after a day of small adventures. We like the good people and friends we meet every place we go.

We keep it simple and make do. Bring only what you need, and leave half of that at home. There are provisions along the way.

Your rig looks like an excellent traveler. We'll watch for you next fall. My wife is from Ohio.
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:20 PM   #3
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I had an idea for a thread today and before I posted a new topic I wanted to see if one already existed. This thread (although old) is related to the subject I had in mind so I'll see if anyone is interested in replying.

For those who are returning to a place or going to a new place... I'd like to read your thoughts about why you're going there. Weather is obviously a factor. Other than that, what drives your decision to winter in one location versus another? Do you spend the winter in one or two locations or do you travel throughout the Sunbelt during the winter? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Old 11-27-2013, 02:27 PM   #4
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Hi Lucius & Danielle!
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We always go south to Louisiana, southern Mississippi, south Texas....always in recent years also southeast to South Carolina.

We move around, visiting places we love and usually finding new ones.

Staying in one place for a couple of months? Not for us.

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Old 11-27-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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We are heading to the Fla. Panhandle after Christmas. Why you ask? Cause it's a whole lot warmer even on a bad day in the sunshine (bikini) state. Sal
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:20 PM   #6
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We have been spending 6-7 weeks in the South each winter from our home near Toronto since i opted for an early retirement about 15 years ago - really enjoy it!

Generally we have not spent a great deal of time in any one spot - usually no more than a couple of weeks - and like to explore new places for a few days at a time - usually when en route to whatever main destination we select.

Having said that, Tucson has been a favorite destination and we have been quite a few times - almost seems like a second home now!

Every few years we alternate for a change and go to Florida.

We did try the RGV once but didn't really care for it - maybe we just didn't visit the right places. We stayed in Harlingen and visited the other nearby places.

This year we will try something a little different - going to Tucson once more, and to the same 55+ RV resort that we enjoy, but will try a longer stay - maybe a month. Not sure if we will like the longer stay or not but we will never know until we try.

On this trip down we plan a stop for a few days at Vicksburg, and another in "Cajun Country" near Lafayette. never stopped at either spot before.

On the return journey we make a more direct trip, but break up the journey with a couple of days either at Branson or at Nashville.

So far we have always found that a total of 6-7 weeks works well for us and we are about ready to head for home after that - I know many snowbirds spend much longer away than that. Maybe we'll give it a try one day.

I enjoy planning put our trips for weeks (months?!) before we go and try to research places to visit on our travels & make lots of notes!


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Old 11-27-2013, 05:07 PM   #7
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I think you will enjoy Vicksburg and south Louisiana- but I could be a tad bit biased.
That having been said 1 week will probably do in Vicksburg- unless you use it as a home base to explore a 100 mile circle-
Poverty Point in Delhi, LA west of Vicksburg is a great park for overnighting.
Lake Claiborne state park north of Ruston, LA is awesome as well for overnighting or a weekend.
Natchez is a goo place to visit, and there is a campground across the river in Vidalia, LA.
We have friends who own a super fine RV park in Sulphur, LA near Lake Charles.
Enjoy your adventures in the deep south...
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For those who are returning to a place or going to a new place... I'd like to read your thoughts about why you're going there. Weather is obviously a factor. Other than that, what drives your decision to winter in one location versus another? Do you spend the winter in one or two locations or do you travel throughout the Sunbelt during the winter? Inquiring minds want to know.
In the nearly two years that I've owned my Airstream, I haven't stayed in the same place twice. Same area sometimes, but not the same place.

There are plenty of places I would gladly return to sometime in the future, but not yet. One never knows, the next new place may be even better!
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:44 PM   #9
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On that thought- we might go to different rallies each year to cover more territory and see more sights- Canopener this year, Alumflamingo next year, and so on and so on ad scooby dooby doo...
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:28 PM   #10
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I have been traveling to FL each winter since the early 1990's. I started going to take my parents when they got to old to safely drive on their own. When I had time I would stay with them a few days. I enjoyed the laid back atmosphere in the 55+ community. There are plenty of activities but no rush to do them.

My wife and I started going there for a week or three during the winter about 8 years ago while I was still working. At first we camped our way down and back, staying mostly along the coastal areas from NC all way down to the FL Keys. When I retired 3 years ago we would go for 3 to 4 months during the winter. Since we have become more experienced we have moved away from the coastal areas due to the crowded conditions during winter. Each year we have traveled less. Last year we traveled only for the first two weeks, then stayed in one spot 3 months. Our plan now is that we will leave the 34' trailer in FL full time as a home base while we are there. We can hookup and go any time if we want to, or we can stay in one spot as long as we want since we have plenty of room. Our 25' trailer will be used for our exploring spring, summer, and fall. But, the little trailer will winter unused at home.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:28 PM   #11
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Do you spend the winter in one or two locations or do you travel throughout the Sunbelt during the winter? Inquiring minds want to know. Lucius
My wife and I full timed for two years, wintering in Florida both years. The first year we didn't stay any longer than 2 weeks in any spot going from the panhandle down to the keys, both coasts and a lot in between. Year two we found a spot in Bradenton, near the beach and stayed there December until April.

We both agreed that the first year was more fun, and if we do it again we would use the two week rule and go all over.


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Old 11-28-2013, 12:55 AM   #12
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Here in Aransas Pass visiting grandkritters. They just posted "open reservations" for snowbirds / winter Texans. There be a passel of them here!!!

So, if u are here now, you can make reservations for NEXT snow blower avoidance trip.
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:56 AM   #13
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We fully concur with the "not the same place twice" and "what's over there" approach to the winter season relos. Our Nov-March interests are southern states from coast to coast and occasionally along salt water.

Arizona, NM, and Texas are great in deep winter, Louisiana and lower Miss. are really nice late Fall and early Spring. We'll do Florida this January for the first time, but stay in the northern half sampling the Atlantic and Gulf beaches.

We choose based on things to do, culture to experience, and where other friends will be exploring so we can meet up on the road. Louisiana is a favorite for food and friendly people come Mardi Gras.

The wife prefers to return to the homestead every six weeks so our stays in one spot get limited to 10 days max.
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Thanks for all the replies. So far it sounds like people mostly fall in the traveling/going places frame of mind. But I can certainly understand the returning to the same place approach.

Keeping in mind the original post... if you have a particular place you like to go be sure to name names. If you have pictures let's add those too!

Danielle and I have met several people through Habitat for Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners that spend their winters in warmer climates and help somebody buy a decent, affordable home. This approach gives them opportunities to visit different areas as well as "follow the weather" - warm locations in the winter and cooler locations in the summer. It also keeps overnight expenses to a minimum as most RV CAV arrangements are less than $20 and many are free!
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