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Snowbird Family

What Is A Snowbird?

June 27, 2020
Junco Bird

Most will say that the Snowbirds have the best of both worlds. I think we do. After living in Maine for many years, it was completely life changing to be able to head south and avoid all the cold, ice, and snow.

The Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines the term “snowbird” as, ” 1: any of several birds (such as a junco or fieldfare) seen chiefly in winter, and 2 : one who travels to warm climes for winter.”

In the early 1900’s, the term “snowbird” was used for the description of a man who enlisted in the armed forces so that he would have food and clothing during the winter months. As the warmer weather approached, he would desert. In 1923, the term “snowbird” described seasonal laborers from the north who would go south to work during the cold winter months. It wasn’t until 1979, that the term “snowbird” was given to the large number of retiree tourists who flocked south for the winter.

The politically correct term for the snowbird is “winter visitor.” Many snowbirds originally stayed in the RV parks during the winter months, and these locations were known as “white cities,” because a view from the air revealed a landscape of white snow- topped motor homes.

Though the majority of the snowbirds are retired, an increase in the number of younger people is being seen. With new technology, more people are able to work remotely, therefore being able to take advantage of the option to escape the winter months and enjoy warmer weather.

Snowbird life is indeed a great one. And it is possible if you review all the options available to you. I’d love to share with you ways to accomplish this dream. Please refer to my “Resource” option as well as other posts.

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  1. I have been looking for something just like this! Hubby & I at age 58 are becoming working snowbirds. We are excited & overwhelmed. Your blog is wonderful & needed!

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