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Snowbird Insiders

Snowbird Insiders

In this new series, we tap seasoned snowbirds, high-profile expats and industry experts for advice on everything from emerging trends to insurance to the next hotspots.

Cool spots for Snowbirds

Consider yourself an anti-snowbird? Try these places instead of chasing the sun.

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Bucking the trend

Alberta senior Bruce Douglas packs up and heads south for the winter, it’s not quite the deep south that most Canadian snowbirds aspire to..

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Live Chat: Open Road

Vancouver Island couple loads up their RV every winter and drives till they feel the sun.

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Road rules

Snowbirds who go south by automobile need more than the minimum coverage, expert says.

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Live chat: Panama

Karen Ann and Eric Miles of Ottawa are among a growing number of Canadians who’ve decided to look beyond the United States for their retirement home. On Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 12 p.m. (ET), Karen Ann will join us for a chat from Panama City.

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Open road

The Reads trade their house for a motorhome – eight years later, they’re still on the road.

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Beyond the U.S.

Karen Ann and Eric Miles of Ottawa are among a growing number of Canadians who’ve decided to look beyond the United States for their retirement home.

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Alternate escape

Alternate sun locations such as Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, offer the same escape from the cold but with a different vibe and lower cost of living.

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Coast to coast

New Brunswick entrepreneurs love California so much that they shift some of their personal and professional life to Los Angeles.

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Don’t mess with the IRS

Uncle Sam will stay on your side if you don’t overstay your welcome and file the right tax forms.

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Flying solo

Volunteering, joining clubs, golfing and even going to church are surefire ways for solo seniors to make new friends.

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Travel Trends

On Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. (ET), Jennifer Hendry of the Conference Board of Canada will join us to share some of her insights on snowbird travel preferences and hot new destinations that offer unique experiences, better deals or both. This is the second of four live snowbird discussions sponsored by TD Bank.

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Health coverage

Insurance is a must when travelling to the U.S., but remaining eligible for care at home is an equally important consideration.

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Plan, plan, plan

For those heading south for the winter, there are a number of things that can be done to minimize financial headaches while you’re supposed to be soaking up the sunshine as the rest of Canada is plunged into the deep freeze.

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Checklist

Don't let your gas bills go unpaid or leave cheques to languish in your mailbox while you're away. An expert joined us for a live discussion and shared some tips to help snowbirds put their houses in order before they head south.

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Taste for travel

Snowbirds meticulously plan their own itinerary for journey that will take them through both rustic and rich nations this winter

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New pursuits

Today’s retired travellers can find sunny but esoteric spots that fulfill niche obsessions

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Loonie lows

Travelers will feel the pain when paying their fixed costs such as condo fees but they’ll likely just cut back their discretionary spending to accommodate, snowbirds and experts say

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Rental route

With Canada’s dollar plunging and Sunbelt real estate rebounding in price, renting a place might be more financially sensible – but there are challenges

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