Downloadable copies of the book Follow the Sun: Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Snowbird, by D.A. Bask

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When it comes to having resources, Snowbirds are left out in the cold. The book, Follow the Sun: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Snowbird was written not only for the benefit of the aging Baby Boomers who are considering adopting the Snowbird lifestyle of spending the winters in warmer climates each year, but also for the estimated 9 million existing Snowbirds who may use the book as a comprehensive resource. The subject will have a strong appeal to both Snowbird wanna-bes and seasoned Snowbirds alike. The purpose of the e-book, Follow the Sun: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Snowbird is to provide detailed answers to the most common questions asked by those who are wondering what being a Snowbird is all about, those considering adopting the Snowbird lifestyle, as well as those who are ready to take the plunge. For those Snowbirds who are already following the sun, the book will provide a complete and all-inclusive resource with information on locations that can’t be obtained quickly online.

Pulling up stakes to go south for the winter is a huge change in lifestyle, and it means making what can seem to be an overwhelming list of difficult decisions. This growing population of sun-chasers currently has very little in the way of resources and inclusive information to assist them in making this big change to a Snowbird lifestyle. Follow the Sun: Thu Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Snowbird offers those considering the Snowbird lifestyle valuable information to help make the transition a smooth one.

Readers will gain a thorough understanding of the Snowbird lifestyle and walk away with numerous suggestions, ideas and important things to consider. It is the first book designed to be a comprehensive guide for Snowbirds and is very distinct from other books on this subject.

Follow the Sun: Thu Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Snowbird is a 528-page e-book that consists of two parts. Section I: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Snowbird covers the advantages and disadvantages of Snowbird life, some statistical information about Snowbirds, residency options, home preparation, travel choices, and employment.

Section II: Snowbird Location Profiles is a detailed and complete guide to specific U.S. Snowbird locations. The section not only presents all the information a Snowbird might want to know about a specific popular winter location, but includes lesser-known and sometimes undiscovered Snowbird locations – 66 in all.

Follow the Sun: Thu Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Snowbird discusses what to consider when selecting a Snowbird location and gives advice about matching the would-be Snowbird’s own needs and preferences with what a specific location has to offer. The location selection then gives an overview of the many criteria used in evaluating the locations, such as climate, demographics, cost of living, medical and educational resources, security, as well as impressions gained from personal visits and conversations with local people.
Below are just some of the topics covered in the book:

Section I: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Snowbird

INTRODUCTION

  • Introduction of who Snowbirds are, what they do and why they do it
  • Estimated number of Snowbirds and their growing population
  • Description of the typical Snowbird
  • How Snowbirds live
  • Their active lifestyle
  • Purpose of this book – to provide enough information for someone to determine if the Snowbird lifestyle is right for them

WHY BECOME A SNOWBIRD?

  • Ideal year-round climate and other reasons to become a Snowbird
  • The climate and you
  • Physical health
    • Cold and flu season
    • Heart attacks and strokes
    • The Sunshine Vitamin
  • Mental health
    • Winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder
    • Sunlight and your brain
  • Meeting new people
  • Finding your winter home
  • Work from anywhere
  • Disadvantages of being a Snowbird

WHO ARE THE SNOWBIRDS?

  • Age statistics
  • Demographic data
  • Marital status
  • Income level
  • Their permanent residence
  • How many are there?
  • Where do they come from?
  • Where do they go?
  • How long do they stay?
  • History of Snowbirding

WHERE TO LIVE, RESIDENCY OPTIONS, HOME BASE – SUMMER HOME

  • Keeping the family home
  • Moving to a condominium
  • Renting
  • Winter home options
    • Single-family residence
    • Retirement communities
    • Condominiums
    • Manufactured homes
    • Renting
    • Weekly vacation rentals
    • Timeshares
    • Living on a yacht
    • Staying with friends or family
    • Extended-Stay hotels
    • House-sitting

SNOWBIRDS ON WHEELS: RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

  • About Snowbirds and RVs
  • Types Of RVs
    • Motor homes
    • Class B camping van
    • Class C motor homes
    • Class A motor homes
    • Custom coach bus conversion
    • Towable RVs
    • Truck campers
    • Pop-up trailers
    • Travel trailers
    • Fifth wheel trailers
  • Towing vehicles
  • RV insurance
  • Selecting just the right size
  • Renting a recreational vehicle
  • Migrating in an RV
  • Where to stay
    • Private RV campgrounds
    • Government RV campgrounds
    • Membership campgrounds
    • Boondocking
    • Slab City
    • Friends or family’s driveway
  • RV cyberlife

PREPARING TO LEAVE

  • Security
    • House-sitters
    • Home-watching service
  • Home preparations
  • Mail
  • Prescriptions
  • Banking
  • Insurance
    • Auto insurance
    • Homeowner’s insurance
    • Health insurance
    • Medicare
  • Taxes
  • Returning to your northern residence

TRAVELING TO YOUR WINTER LOCATION, WAYS TO GET THERE

  • Flying
  • Bus travel
  • Train travel
  • Driving
    • Car rental
  • Moving your stuff
    • Moving companies
    • Moving your stuff yourself
    • Car relocation
  • Pets

WORKING

  • General employment
  • Volunteering
  • Campground employment
  • Telecommuting

U.S. SNOWBIRD LOCATIONS

  • What to consider when selecting a Snowbird location
  • Doing your homework
  • Selecting your ideal Snowbird location
    • Limitations
    • Needs
    • Preferences
    • Big city vs. mid-sized city, vs. suburb vs. small town living
  • Snowbird Location Selection Criteria:
    • Overview
      • Location
      • Description
      • Claim to fame
    • Winter climate
    • Population statistics, racial & ethnic demographics
      • Total population
      • Population density
      • Average age of population
      • Percent of population over 65 years of age
      • Racial & ethnic demographics
    • Personal security
      • Violent crime
      • Property crime
      • Murders
      • Burglaries
      • Auto thefts
      • Number of officers
    • Cost of living
      • Overall cost of living rating
      • ACCRA Cost of Living Index
      • Median home values
    • Health
      • Number of major hospitals
      • Number of physicians per capita
      • EPA Air and Water Quality Indexes
    • Education
      • Number of four-year and two-year colleges and universities
    • Culture
    • Entertainment
      • Number of museums, golf courses, restaurants and movie theaters in the area
    • Area attractions
    • Pros and cons for each Snowbird location
    • Impressions of each Snowbird location
    • Local news sources

Follow the Sun: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Snowbird provides all the above Snowbird location data on a total of 66 U.S. Snowbird towns, cities and regions, covering the Sun Belt states of Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, and even Hawaii as well as some of the cooler Snowbird locations in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas.

Follow the Sun: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Snowbird is the first book designed to be an ultimate guide for Snowbirds, as the title suggests, and is very distinct from other books on this subject which are primarily informal and anecdotal in nature. It is also the first in the series with Escape the Bake: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Sunbird and Tropical Winters: The Ultimate Guide to Snowbirding in Foreign Countries to soon follow.