Snowbirds of the World Unite
by Fulltime RVing
(Simi Valley, CA)
Florida RV Resort
In the southern states, Florida most prominently, there are little communities of people who do not sound local. They sound like New Yorkers or Michiganders or other northern residents. For most of the year, those states are where they are from, but in the winter, they come to Florida and other points south (and west) to avoid the snow and the harsh realities of the northern and Midwestern winters. They are most often called “snowbirds” and they all have one thing in common: they want to be where it is warm.
The snowbirds all travel in different ways and they all have a different schedule for when they make their annual escape, but they still have that common thread to bind them all together. They may come by car or by plane to get there, but the point is they are here. And there are the RV snowbirds. They don’t travel to only one location; they may go to many because even in Florida, cold snaps do occur. It may rain in sunny California. And their old spinster aunt may have finally met a man in Macon, Georgia. That is the advantage of the mobile snowbirds. You can talk about your upwardly mobile professionals, these are the climate mobile professionals, actively seeking the spots that are the warmest or the sunniest or, at the very least, the driest.
The traditional snowbird may have a vacation home in one of these southern states, one they come to when their regular home is too unbearably cold or in most cases, before the snow flies. But what if when they get to their vacation home, there is a cold snap and they are stuck, shivering and shaking in much the way they would have back in the home place? The RV snowbird can just pull up stakes and wander off in search of warmer climes and happier times. Having a mobile nest means that you are only a few miles away from the next, best, swaying palm tree.
Of course, being a mobile snowbird means that you have to rely on a little more than instincts to find the best locations and to stay one wheel ahead of the latest cold snap. In case you have not noticed, this is some weird weather we are having lately and it’s only getting weirder. You have to make sure that you are completely aware of the weather, not only where you currently are but where you intend to go next. It is not only a matter of listening to local weather reports; you need to see the big picture so you can adjust your plans and your direction accordingly.
Even with the best planning, things do happen. You can get caught in weather beyond what you would expect in a location. It does snow in some southern states, it can rain for days, cold, bleary, blinding rain, the kind that makes you want to curl under the blankets and sleep until it is over, or until spring shows up, whichever is first. Even if you are planning to stay where the weather is warm, stock up on supplies in case you are caught off guard.