Make life awesome by living off peak

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  1. Last year was my first year living in NYC for New Years, and I actually left the city and headed back to my home state since I didn’t want to deal with all the nuts funneling into the city to see the ball drop. I totally agree with you on the crowds. It’s so much easier running errands during the week, during 9-5, since most people are at work. Once I hit FI, the weekends will not involve running errands 🙂

    1. Hey Fervent! Yup, if I lived in NYC, you could bet that I’d probably do the same thing – if I had anywhere to go during New Years, I’d probably make that trip if I lived close enough to Times Square. That whole scene seems just plain horrible.

      I’m definitely with you on the weekend comment. I’m gonna try my best to stay in, where ever I happen to be, on the weekends and holidays. 🙂

  2. While I mostly agree with this sentiment (weekends especially), I do live in Alaska, where it’s pretty fun to come off-season for the Iditarod, etc., but you miss out on a lot of things in the winter. Everything is pretty closed up and the glaciers are covered with snow! 🙂

    1. Ha! Indeed, I can definitely see where both off and on-peek up in Alaska offers a welcome change. I’m definitely not a cold weather kind of person, though. I’d have a rough time up there in the winter. 🙂

  3. Awesome Post, Steve! I’m envious at the thought of grocery shopping in the middle of a Tuesday, when the store manager is actually there and customer service actually has a person behind it.

    It certainly sounds appealing to me. It’s almost like there’s this alternate universe living alongside our own 9-5 universe. Except, in the alternate universe, there’s a whole lot less stress.

    Thanks for posting,

  4. I’ll slightly disagree here. although I tend to hate crowds, waiting in line, etc… there are some events where being a part of something bigger than oneself makes you feel good.

    This is a random and stupid example, especially since I’m not a huge soccer fan, but I still vividly remember the excitement of being part of a huge crowd in my city when France won the world cup in 1998. That one day made me understand why people like to gather at… well any event really. There’s a strong feeling of being part of a united community. Even when it lasts only for a few hours, this is some very powerful feeling here. I assume people who go to the church, etc… have the same kind of feeling going on.

    I wouldn’t categorize “waiting in line for the next iPhone” as the same kind of feeling though, because I assume when people wait in line for that kind of stuff, they must hate the 100 people in front of them, and secretly laugh at the 100 people behind them.

  5. Your story about Glacier NP reminds me of every trip we’ve taken to Smoky Mountains NP. Every trail is packed with daytrippers, section-hikers and thru-hikers since we tend to travel in the peak season making it difficult to stop and enjoy the surroundings.

  6. I agree with Stockbeard. I have been to festivals and concerts where I have really enjoyed connecting with other people and crowd-watching in general.
    For everything else, I will take the off-peak hours!

  7. I do think that you are right to an extent, particularly traveling. For example, my wife and I have been to Iceland a couple of times, but have gone over Thanksgiving. We dont’ have to deal with all the people around here and it is much cheaper to go. I think exploring Europe and other places can be nice during the winter and much more expensive. However, there are some events that do require a large crowd. For example, Times Square at midnight on NYE. I think there is something magical about that. Or when I stood in line for Star Wars tickets to the Phantom Menace in 1999 (yes i am a geek). Even though it wasn’t the best Star Wars it was great to be among other people and see a bit of comraderie. I think this also comes with the idea of whether or not you want lots of people around, is someone more solitary, etc. I thrive on those situations. I am not talking about crowds to get an Apple product, but to see a sporting event or be in bar with a huge crowd during the Super Bowl is much more enjoyable to me than spending watching it at home because of the atmosphere. But to each his own.

  8. Hear, hear! Though we won’t be giving up live music anytime soon, and comedy movies really are funnier in a crowd. 🙂 We live in an area that gets lots of tourists, so we live the whole peak/off-peak thing in a big way. You’d have to be out of your mind to go to Safeway here on a Friday or Saturday unless you go at 6 a.m. (no exaggeration). And the difference between crowds on the ski slopes — it’s a BFD. We’re completely with you in *aspiring* to live off-peak, but we can’t quite swing it just yet. Once our early retirement gets here, though — different story! Nothing will make us happier than never skiing another Saturday again in our lives. 😉

  9. I’ve been lucky to work remotely for the last couple years. I have taken advantage of hitting the gym late morning and the grocery store when everyone else is at work. It is wonderful!

    1. Hi Tre!

      Yup, I work from home as well and love going up to the gym around 10am. That seems to be the sweet spot in the morning between the am and lunch crowd. Good call. 🙂

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