Travel: They Came, They Stayed

Why not make your vacation a scouting trip for a great place to retire? It's paid off for lots of other folks

After retiring in 1990, Charles and Helen Short did something they had talked about for years. They packed a tent and headed south from their Rochester, N.Y., home to camp, hike and enjoy some sunshine. On their way to the Gulf Coast, the Shorts stopped at a state park in Hattiesburg, Miss., where a camp ranger regaled them for hours about the town. As a result, they never did get to the coast. But five years later, having returned to that same park every year on vacation, the Shorts came back to Hattiesburg for good. "Going home that fourth year, we...

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