Use your head
We retired in New Hanover nine years ago after having visited my brother-in-law regularly for the previous 30 years and getting to know many of his friends. Even though we had to make some adjustments, we’ve never regretted our decision.
You have to use your head, not your heart, when you make the decision whether to move to the platteland. Dreaming is great, but the practical stuff is more important. Make a list of do’s and don’ts, and where you’d be willing to compromise. Find out about the nearest hospital, doctor, schools, churches, shops, sports facilities, library, retirement home and the service delivery. Talk to people in the town, not only to the real estate agents – it’s their job to paint an idyllic picture!
When the decision – and the big move – is behind you, it’s time to adapt and adjust. Your attitude towards your new home town and its people is enormously important, and no one will welcome you with open arms if you’re constantly talking about how much you miss your old home and how much better it was. Be friendly, lend a hand, ask for advice, join the town’s activities, fundraisers and community projects… Only then will you have a bright future and realise your dreams.