A change for the better

So many people live their lives wanting something else – often this is a quieter, more relaxed and more peaceful lifestyle. So why not do it in retirement? With cheaper living options just a few kilometres outside of major cities it is a great way to start fresh when the nest is empty and you have more freedom.


The reasons for making a move to a life by the beach or country vary, but today we are taking a look at six of them and how they could change your life for the better.

 1. You meet new people

So many of us spend our lives with same people in the same community and while we may love them, we need to be brave and invigorate our lives with new friends from time to time. Moving away from the family home zone creates opportunities to branch out and meet new people with new stories and a fresh perspective on life. You can enjoy new social circles while keeping up with old friends and associates.

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 2. It is picturesque and you wake up somewhere you love

Whenever we take a holiday at the beach or at a farm stay, we wake up with a smile as we look out at the view. There is something special about waking up and seeing the beauty of nature. If you love the sound of crashing waves and water views or green grass and rolling hills, move to a place where these brighten every day.

3. Do more of the things you love

When we’re on holidays at the beach or the bush we enjoy things like fishing, walking, cycling and swimming. Choose a place where life’s little pleasures become an enjoyable part of your daily routine.

4. You don’t have to go far away

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Making a change doesn’t mean moving far away from metropolitan areas, friends and family. Most capital cities around Australia have idyllic locations nearby. In Queensland for example, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast are within easy driving distance of Brisbane.

5. Feel healthier

Coastal and country regions often deliver health benefits. Pollution free fresh air is conducive to vitality restoring sleep. Salt water helps skin to retain elasticity, so people look and feel better. People who live in rural areas are more likely to have stable Vitamin D levels; many city dwellers lack this essential vitamin.

6. Small town community spirit

One of the best things about living in a small town is the community. An integrated community helps build new friendships and creates opportunities for new interests and experiences.

This list outlines just a few of the lifestyle benefits of changing places. We would love to hear about your life changing moves. Where did they start and where did they finish? Are you happier? Share your thoughts in the comments below…

This article has been sponsored by Living Gems. It has been written by a Starts at 60 writer specifically for the Starts at 60 community to help them gain important insight into their retirement living options. To find out more about the retirement resort lifestyle Living Gems offers and how you can make a sea change or tree change, click here