Sea change left you yearning?

Sea change left you yearning?

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Living in a tranquil seaside location or a leafy community in the hills is a dream many aspire to. Putting distance between loved ones is a sacrifice often overlooked. A second retirement may bring a more rewarding lifestyle.

Many are making the move

Most Australians live and work in urban settings. To escape the grind, we’re spoiled for choice on holidaying in less bustling, quieter, greener getaways. It’s no surprise that a change of scenery is part of many retirement plans.

People are migrating from cities in droves. The largest increases of people moving to new locations during 2012 to 2013 in Victoria were in and around regional cities and coastal towns.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that regional Victoria grew by 11,300 people in that year. Geelong had the largest growth – 4,800 people - followed by Ballarat and Bendigo. Torquay grew by 800 people.

Guest room neglected?

For those making the move, hosting regular guests is a good dream to have. It’s a holiday location after all. The reality is most of us are time poor. Weekends and holidays for families can be busy with sporting and social commitments.

Most employers offer four weeks leave a year for permanent staff. With a growing workforce of contractors, taking time off means losing pay. Despite best intentions, finding time and funding for a short stay, can be tricky.

If you have friends that have reached retirement they may be caught up in their new lifestyle. Adding a few hours travel to drop by and visit may not fit their schedules. Good friends will reciprocate visits, meaning planning regular trips back to where you moved away from.

You can reach out and make new friends, but do you really want to spend less time with those you share a history with?

Everything is just that little bit further away

Access to recreational facilities and services is improving as regional areas keep pace with growing populations – but the need to access specialist services may mean a planned day trip to get there.

Less accessible public transport, may mean more driving, more often.

If you’re looking for an active but relaxed and convenient retirement lifestyle, you don’t need to put such a distance between what is important to you.

Resort style living is within reach

Retirement Communities Australia’s independent living retirement villages are conveniently located around Melbourne, in resort style settings with everything you need in close proximity.

Consider Point Cook Village. Surrounded by natural coastal parkland, it’s located on the same side of Melbourne as the Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula regions but much closer to the CBD and freeway access to surrounding areas. Heated indoor pool, a championship bowls green, a private BBQ and outdoor entertaining area, a village bar, gymnasium, on-site nurse, 24 hour emergency call support, a shopping centre right next door and even room to park your caravan – mean that holiday feeling is within reach.

Of course, your sea change may work out for you. But it’s not too late to plan that second retirement!

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