I have visited many wonderful cities and have often enjoyed imagining what it would be like to live in these places. For example, I love the magic and charm I feel when I visit Asheville, North Carolina. Every time I visit, I envision what it would be like to enjoy my morning coffee or an evening glass of wine as I watch the sun rise and set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. To observe the twinkling lights of the city spread out in the distance below. I want to experience the culture and eclectic opportunities in this city I adore.
Retiring in Asheville would be a dream come true for me, but in reality that is all it will ever be and that is OK! (I love my cozy home and all of the amenities the surrounding area has to offer).
But I can’t help but think it would be wonderful to live in a city I have always wanted to live in ~ even if only for a little while. I recently read an article about living a temporary lifestyle. It was actually about college life and how the components that make up day-to-day life in college is different once you graduate and enter the real world. It got me to thinking about how I could adapt this concept once I retire.
Let me explain. I could live a temporary lifestyle by renting a condo or an apartment in a city I would love to experience for a couple of weeks or months. For example, I could walk barefoot along the beach outside a Gulf Coast or Hilton Head condo and eat fresh seafood whenever I wanted. I could stargaze and watch for wildlife from a mountain cabin in Tennessee or Virginia. I would relish the opportunity to spoil children and grandchildren in Madison, AL and Alameda, CA from a nearby house or condo. I can also imagine enjoying restaurants and browsing through the shops just down the street from a bungalow in some quaint town. Maybe I could splurge and live somewhere exotic for a month! With so many websites offering opportunities to lease a mountain cabin, a condo, a home, or a beach cottage for a week to a few months ~ the possibilities are almost endless.
What a fun way to enjoy some spontaneity in retirement! Just pack my bags, close up my home, and enjoy the “temporary lifestyle” opportunites out there.
I am dreaming big, but you never know!
Even if this dream never happens,”home sweet home” is a really sweet permanent lifestyle for me!