We are at three years and counting to retirement. We want to sell our home and find some land and build a home or do some work on an existing home. When I say land I’m talking about 10 acres or more. We want to grow a garden and MAYBE have some animals. I’d really love to be self-sufficient on the property. I also have the dream of a compound where our adult kids can also have homes if they happen to dream of that same thing.
So, since we have some time we are really researching the heck out of our country to see where we’d like to go and build our lives. I can tell you right now, I plan to have another career wherever we go. Steve will be done working full time and it’ll be my turn to be free to explode into a passionate career of my wildest dreams. No, seriously. Since I’m an artist, I will be able to go anywhere and do art in my barn or workshop on our property. I actually get a little breathless and giddy when I think of having the time and a place to make art, I can barely see straight.
The crazy thing about America is that you can live in almost any climate or terrain you want to. We have mountains and snow in Montana, tropical beaches in Florida, then red rock and cactus dessert in Arizona. Then we have everything in between that stuff. It’s huge here and even though we have national laws, every state has their own laws. You could get arrested for doing something in one state when it’s totally legal in another state. I never really thought about all of this until I started to research all the states. Personally, I’m looking for the most personal freedom I can find.
With all of this in mind, I’m on a quest! This week I made a list of all 50 states. Then, I made a list of several different categories of things we want. I put a star next to each state that met each qualification. At the end of all my research, I ended up with 16 states to look at and research even deeper. Each one of these states had four or more stars.
After talking to my sister who now lives in Wisconsin, we all decided that we should eliminate the states that have temperatures that go below zero during the winter. As romantic as all of that sounds, Steve and I both feel like we really have no idea what that kind of cold means, and honestly, I get cold when it’s 70 degrees. I have terrible feet and my hands are fused at the wrists due to arthritis. They hurt so bad when I go to the snow and it’s 30 degrees. I think I would die.
We also really had to search our hearts about a couple of states that are on the opposite side of the country from our family. We just can’t do it. We had to eliminate more states.
So, we are down to eight states.
- South Dakota
- New Mexico
I personally don’t care about South Dakota or New Mexico, but I’m going to research them because my husband is interested in them. My favorites are Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, and Idaho.
When I threw my first list up on Facebook I was surprised at all the feedback people gave me. So much great info and ideas on what to look for while searching taxes and laws for each state. You should see the binder I’m creating for all the information.
Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the United States? What about the world?