New York is home to around 8.5 million people, and it remains one of the hottest attractions for not only global visitors but also American citizens. People from all over the country yearn for a job in New York and imagine the lifestyle that comes with it. Despite all the positives of the New York lifestyle, there’s one thing that some residents just don’t enjoy – the colder months.
What’s a Snowbird?
If you’re reading this as an avid ornithologist, the rest of this guide might disappoint because we’re talking about people rather than birds. Also called ‘winter visitors’, the term is used to describe people who look for somewhere warm to escape the cold months in New York. While some New Yorkers love the snow, others dislike the constant snow showers, storm warnings, and bitter temperatures.
For the latter, Florida is widely considered the ultimate destination between October and March/April. For many it can be a short flight, or something as simple as packing up and hiring New York to Florida movers for a day and making the trip. Those with extra money in the bank might not need to hire movers, many snowbirds have their places fully furnished year-round.
Benefits of Florida for Snowbirds
Although New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona welcome many snowbirds each year, it’s Florida that attracts the most attention…and for good reason.
First and foremost, it’s impossible to ignore the warmer climate on offer in Florida. However, there’s a difference between uncomfortable and comfortable warmth. For example, you might hate your t-shirt sticking to your back and constantly trying to find air to breathe. If so, Florida is the right place for you because there’s a comfort that comes with the warmth. Yes, Florida is located close to the equator. But most people find the warmth comfortable compared to somewhere like the Nevada Desert.
It’s not all about the temperature, and some people choose Florida for the winter because of the lifestyle it brings. In New York, summer generates positive habits like cycling, running, walking, and going out to play sports. Why let all these positive habits end in the colder months when you can live in Florida and keep going?
Especially for older generations, there’s value in being able to go for walks without putting on dozens of layers and several pairs of gloves. In fact, there’s a double benefit because you can exercise while the climate helps your joints and body. In colder climates, you may suffer from shoulder or hip problems. Warmer climates are typically better for the body and this keeps you comfortable through winter.
If you’re a sports lover, you’re also in good hands in Florida. Football fans have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Baseball fans have the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins. Basketball supporters have Orlando Magic and Miami Heat. Even the NHL and soccer supporters are well catered for. You need sport, Florida has it.
Opportunities for Kids
If you’re retired grandparents, there’s no better way to entice the younger family to visit than to be in Florida. Of course, you’re around the corner from Disney, Universal Studios, LEGOLAND, and a whole lot more. If you’re spending time in Florida in winter, we can almost guarantee that the younger generations will want to visit.
Finally, another reason why snowbirds choose Florida as the ultimate destination is because of the culture right across the state. As well as diversity in the architecture, Florida is diverse in the people, the food, the services, and all other aspects. Florida has lots of heritage and history, and it’s just waiting to be explored.