Vacations are a fantastic way to relax, have fun, and experience new places, and sometimes we find a special place that we never want to leave. Usually, it would not be realistic to relocate to just because we enjoy spending our vacation time there, but sometimes it happens. We fall in love with a destination so much that we want to make it our permanent home. Before you decide to move yourself, and potentially your family, to a new city or country, you need to be sure that you are looking at the place with a sense of realism. Taking a vacation is quite different from living in a place full time. This article includes some key points to consider if you are thinking about settling down in your favorite vacation destination.
Consider your whole family
If you are a single person who is prepared to start again by making new friends, getting a new job, etc., this will not apply to you. However, if you have a partner, children, or elderly relatives who depend on you, you need to consider how the move will impact them. Are there good schools for your children? Would your partner be able to find work and make new friends? If you have a parent who requires specialist care and is already living in a residential care facility, would you be able to relocate them to a Houston senior living facility?
Stay in a house or apartment
When on vacation, we often stay in hotels that can provide a relaxing and low-hassle way to live. However, if we are planning to move somewhere permanently, we need to get a sense of the accommodation we would be living in. Consider taking a vacation by staying in a residential rental so you can get a more realistic sense of what it would be like to live there. Think about what neighborhood you might want to live in, how much property costs, and what money would be left for living expenses.
Get around with your usual form of transport
Whether you would be driving your own car around or using public transport, be sure to do this while you are there on vacation. Rent a car or use the buses, trams, or trains. Some places have better road networks than others, and some are better equipped with public transport, so you might have to make a change to the way you live.
Think about your free time
Consider how you would spend your free time, the hobbies you would want to pursue, and places you could visit with friends and family. Vacations are often spent sightseeing, touring museums and galleries, and visiting restaurants, but what else could you do in your new home? You should have access to a combination of regular weekend activities and the occasional big activity like going to the theatre. Whether you like to shop, hike, play sports, or anything else, your new home should provide plenty of interesting things to do for you and all the family.
Get to know the people
Often what makes a place a happy one is the community we live within. When wandering around, take notice of how people interact with one another. Are the locals helpful to tourists, or dismissive? Are there lots of community projects and initiatives? It is unrealistic to expect every person you meet to be a new friend but feeling welcome and relaxed will play a huge part in your future happiness.