FUR­THER AFIELD

ZOOMER Magazine - - SNOWBIRDS 2017 -

One Trump or no-Trump, Cana­dian snow­birds are in­creas­ingly mi­grat­ing to des­ti­na­tions out­side the U.S., usu­ally dur­ing the time that many of us who re­main pinned down in the trenches dur­ing the win­ter months re­fer to af­fec­tion­ately as shovel-snow-and-re­peat sea­son. Ac­cord­ing to a Blue Cross study en­ti­tled Not Your Tra­di­tional Snow­birds, win­ter es­capees nowa­days are younger, in­creas­ingly more ad­ven­tur­ous and ever more open to win­ter nest build­ing in ex­otic des­ti­na­tions. And al­though snowbird trips to the U.S. have grown by 175 per cent since 1998, they have gone up by 224 per cent to al­ter­na­tive tem­po­rary ter­mini. These in­clude Panama, Ar­gentina, Costa Rica, Ja­maica, Do­mini­can Repub­lic, Hon­duras, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Thai­land, New Zealand and, of course, Mex­ico. Mak­ing it eas­ier is that younger snow­birds are less likely to own prop­erty abroad, pre­vent­ing them from be­ing tied down to one lo­cale and mak­ing the world their per­sonal pearl-bear­ing mol­lusk. —IM

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