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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.

 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

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

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  1. I agree 100%. Would only suggest you make it somewhere not too far from a medical centre and hospital.

  2. About to do just that.. Out of my unit and my comfort zone to a new apartment not too far away so I will still be able to see my friends…but hopefully make new ones!

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    • I did the same three years ago..No regrets. Love my apartment and all the restaurants and cafes around me..Supermarket 2min walk..Dr and Dentist 5min walk…Love it..

  3. There is NO place on earth better than Tin Can Bay!

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    • My girlfriend and myself worked at the Tin Can Bay hotel in 1966. Had a cyclone while we were there. Loved it. Nothing there. Haven’t been back either. Must be different now.

    • Jackie, I had a couple of students from Tin Can Bay (in the 80’s) always loved the name.

  4. Some of us like the hustle and bustle of city life and hard to believe maybe, some of us can’t drive anymore so don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere

  5. We made the move from Adelaide to the Sunshine Coast over ten years ago. It was the best thing we ever did. We have moved into the SSCst hinterland. Not far from Coolum Beach on acreage. We’ve experienced all of the things mentioned in the article. We go back to visit family each year but can’t wait to get back up to the nice warm weather up here and our friends. We are fitter than ever as the climate allows for exercise and an outdoor lifestyle all year round. We are so glad we made the move and the medical services here are better than where we came from.

  6. My hubby and I decided to sell our home and move further up North and be nearer our son, where the weather is much warmer. Bought a lovely home and moved in but unfortunately the move was too much for hubby and his health deteriorated and he passed away. Now I have no one to enjoy this beautiful area with me. His health was not the best but he was so looking forward to living by the sea, on the flat after years of living on hills, and both of us out walking enjoying the scenery. Really heartbreaking.This is in New Zealand.

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    • I’ve shed a tear for you Pat. Sometimes our dreams that we strive for don’t evolve as we expected. Stay strong!

    • Thank you do much Karen. I m trying so hard to be strong. We were only in the house for 6 months before my husband died. I have heard that happens quite often do I know I am not alone there. I have met a few nice people up here and they have been great. I do appreciate them.

    • Oh, Pat, there is so much living still to do, even after the death of a life partner. My wife was already ill when we moved from Tasmania’s West Coast to the beautiful little town of Sheffield to be closer to medical care for her. She survived a number of years, dying just over two years ago. I miss her something awful but get on with life. There are so many community organisations it’s been wonderful for me to become a part of many of them. As Karen said earlier, be strong. Use the friendship of those around you as a great part of that strength. Thinking of you.

  7. I’m sorry to hear about your hubby Pat Fort , I hope. You can enjoy what your husband would have loved , take care love , I hope you don’t mind my comment , but I feel for people who’s dreams are shattered xxx

  8. I still have to work for a while, but already set up a place in Golden Beach Vic,for now it will be my weekend home. I love it but I also love the home in the city, it has special memories and was once my sanctuary .

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