I had no idea I would end up in Virginia in 2015. My only child moved back to Florida from Virginia a few years ago. She was born in Florida and never liked Virginia. I thought about moving back but so not wanting to deal with the heat and high air conditioning bills 😱
I hadn't actually thought about retiring anywhere but where I was already living. But now that my daughter may be moving out of state for her own career, I've been thinking about maybe moving elsewhere. Trouble is there are a limited number of states without state income tax, and the only other one that appeals to be is just as expensive and remote as WA state. And the rest are unappealing for a variety of reasons, so I'm likely to stay right here.
I'm just seeing this, and so many others you've posted in this Retirement forum, @Anonymous . Being an ex-pat sounds quite romantic. I visited France a lot when I was working in Germany, and there was a lot of charm in the smaller towns and villages, especially if you can speak French well, and don't insist on being too much of the ugly American. LOL
If I were young, I'd be very tempted to be a digital nomad for a while.
Do you speak..... is a question I learned meant very different things in the US from how it is understood in Europe where people are fluent in several languages. So, I can order a meal in French and German, used to be able to ask directions in French, and say hello and thank you in Korean and that's about it. LOL
Oh, and I also am fairly fluent in psychobabble and astrobabble. 🤣😂 Plus I have worked hard at forgetting all the academic babble I had to learn. 😎🙄
I didn't retire where I wanted to retire. I wanted to retire on the West Coast, but the pandemic had other plans for my retirement..LOL. I laugh now because I am actually enjoying where I am at, so much to do when things are back to "normal".