Why do we put up with negative degree wind chills and icy windshields year after year? Why do we promise ourselves warm beach vacations each year and then never take them? We all long for warmer weather, yet very few allow ourselves to actually live in it.
However, moving to a warmer climate shouldn’t be just a pipe dream. Living in a warmer climate can actually better your life, your wallet, and your personhood in more ways than one. A few ways that making a big move can improve your life include:
It may come as no big surprise, but the weather can actually affect your mood. Typically, individuals living in sunny, warmer climates are happier. The verdict is still up in the air as to why warmer weather dwellers are happier, but it’s either the extra vitamin D provided by the extra sun or the greater access to outside and nature-based activities. Either way, sunny, warmer weather will leave you and your family with bigger smiles.
Smaller Utility Bills
Ever gasped at your heating bill in January? Well if you lived in a warmer climate, you won’t have to worry about those high utility bills – especially if you choose to move to a more mild climate. By moving somewhere with more mild temperatures year round, such as Southern California, Dallas/ Fort Worth, or Flagstaff, Arizona, you will be able to save hundreds on your heating and cooling bills which will leave you with more money to enjoy life.
Winter coats are expensive, and if you have kids, there is a good chance that you are having to buy new ones each year. And if you are a woman, there’s also a good chance that you have to own multiple coats to match a variety of occasions and outings. By moving to a warmer climate, you don’t have to waste money on expensive winter wear including coats, boots, gloves, and other accessories.
Those of us who live in colder climates love to complain about our pale skins that typically come out during winter. In fact, some of us even tan during the winter months to avoid feeling transparent. However, if you choose to move to a warmer, sunnier climate – especially those closer to the equator, such as Phoenix or San Diego, you can keep that summer tan all year round.
De-icing windshield wiper fluid, snow tires, tire chains, ice scrapers, side walk salt, window seals – the list is endless when it comes winterizing. However, when you live in warmer climates, you can forget about spending all your money and time on winterizing and instead focus your efforts on spending a nice day out in the sun.
Forget Flu Season
With the cold weather usually comes the onslaught of cold and flu season. In fact, states that experience dramatic seasonal changes are more likely to have higher cases of the flu during the winter. By moving to a warmer climate, you can lessen your chances of catching the common flu season bugs while still enjoying a nice day by the pool.
Colder temperatures typically lead to heavier eating and big cravings towards starchy foods. Bigger appetites and starch-heavy meals equal bigger waistlines and a mad dash to lose weight come the horizon of swimsuit season. Those living in warmer climates are better able to stay outside and active all year round, and typically have access to larger communities of individuals that support more active lifestyles leading to smaller waistlines and healthier living.
So if you are tired of saying, “This is the last winter I will live through,” take action. There are numerous perks to living in a warmer climate, and it is about time you started enjoying them as opposed to freezing in and fighting the winter weather.
Start looking for jobs in warmer climates, read up on other cities, and contact a realtor. As part of your planning, contact some moving companies. You can find information regarding the different kinds of moving services at www.unitedvanlines.com. Realtors can help you find the right place, and movers can let you know how much it will cost to get there.
Don’t spend another winter being cold and miserable. Treat yourself, and your family, to the life you deserve – having fun in the sun!