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Moira McGarvey
Moira McGarvey is the founder of the retirement planning site, GangsAway!, covering Second Careers, Volunteering, New Locations and Education. She has also worked as an executive recruiter.

Entries by Moira McGarvey

Are You a Snowbird? 16 Great Spots for Second Retirement Home

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 7:07 AM

A few Novembers ago, I was on my way to a business meeting in Fort Lauderdale. While waiting for my flight out of Westchester Airport in NY, I noticed that just about everyone in the waiting area was over 65. I wondered if I had inadvertently booked myself on some...

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Top 20 Small Cities For Successful Aging

(11) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:09 AM

Like to be part of the "in crowd"? By 2017, half the adult population of the U.S. will be 50-plus. The giant swell of Boomers is well into its ascendance. And the effects of this demographic shift are rippling through every cultural and economic sector of our country. This giant...

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5 Things Goal-Oriented People Want To Accomplish In Retirement

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:34 AM

Many people dream about the day they can walk away from "The Man" and enjoy life on their own terms. To finally have the time to take that yoga or art class, go for that hike, read that book or even, just sit and think would be wonderful. To simply...

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10 Foodie Havens That Double As Great Places To Retire

(5) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 5:01 AM

Who doesn't love to eat? I like food, don't get me wrong, but I have a few friends who obsess about every last aspect. For some of them, food is the most important thing in the world. It might even sit up on top of world peace. They plan their...

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Retiring On A Dime: 10 Towns That Will Stretch Your Dollar

(6) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 4:33 AM

Let's face it. A lot of us didn't do a great job saving for retirement. Some of us lived with fiscal abandon in the 1990s. But for many of us, life just got in the way of retirement savings. While we Baby Boomers got to enjoy the affluent 90's, we...

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Retire Like A College Kid In A University Town

(68) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 5:46 AM

For many of us, we look back on the college years as some of our best. Relatively care free, a time of learning, the beginning of lifelong friendships. Reading philosophy and discussing it with our friends, passion for causes, music, romance, new ideas.

For me, going away to school...

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Road Trip: 24 Great Retirement Locations To Check Out

(13) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 2:12 AM

In 1988, I quit my job and cashed in my savings, including my 401K and pension (okay, not the best idea but it seemed like a good idea at the time). I managed to pull together about $15,000 and bought a backpack and an around-the-world plane ticket for one. Nuts?...

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The Most Gay-Friendly Retirement Cities In The U.S.

(34) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Let's face it, when we try to figure out the best place for our retirement, we usually want to find people of like minds. If you are a liberal Democrat who has frequently donated to the ACLU, you probably aren't going to want to retire in Reagan Country. Or, if...

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Island Retirement: 10 Dreamy Islands In The Continental U.S.

(37) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:08 AM

Ever dreamed about retiring to an island? Whenever I see a travel commercial with sand and water, it gets me going. The camera will zoom in behind a couple sitting in beach chairs watching the sunset with the sound of nothing but seagulls. According to the commercial, I can be...

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25 Retirement Spots: How They Stack Up To Your Hometown

(75) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 6:11 AM

There are so many things to consider if you are contemplating a big move for your retirement. While the financial piece will dictate a lot of it, other things are important too like access to friends and family, cost of living, cost of housing, renting or buying, one home or...

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Top Places To Retire With Your Dog

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:14 AM

If you love dogs, you'll be thinking about where you retire with an additional filter. Is the city or town friendly to Fido? Are there active 50+ communities that are especially tailored to pets? On our retirement planning site,, we're big fans of the canine. All kinds...

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The Very Best Places To Retire If You Want Your Grandkids To Visit

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 6:51 AM

So you'd like to move somewhere fabulous when you retire. Maybe someplace warm? Or to a university town? Or maybe just someplace different to begin a new chapter. But what about the family? What about your grandchildren?

Today with cell phones, texting, Skype and the relative ease of air...

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You Can Retire on Social Security: 5 Steps That Change the Game

(50) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 7:39 AM

You can retire on Social Security and live a nice life. What? I thought that was impossible? Yes, it really can be done. I'm not advocating that you do this, but the reality is that many people are facing this scenario. We dug into our data and figured out that...

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10 Reasons Florida Will Always Be The Best State To Retire In

(9) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 6:53 AM

When I was kid, my grandparents left Long Island and moved to Florida. At first, I was incredulous. My grandparents moved so far away from me! (I had really thought that their world revolved around me. Apparently not.) But when we took our first trip down to visit them on...

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The Best Niche Active Retirement Communities

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 7:55 AM

As we start contemplating our retirement, many of us will opt to move. Some of us will stay in the same town and move to smaller digs, others will finally move to that new dream location or someplace where our dollars will go further. Figuring out the perfect location is...

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Retire On The Gulf Coast Of Texas

(30) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 6:12 AM

If you want to retire to the beach, to a warm, sunny, tropical beach, but don't want to spend your entire savings in one fell swoop, consider the Texas Gulf Coast. It's not top of mind for those of us who have never visited or lived in the South, but...

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20 Reasons Why Arizona Might Be The Best State To Retire In

(318) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 7:01 AM

Arizona has been a big retirement destination for many years, and for good reason. In fact, the very first Active Adult Community in the US, Sun City, was developed there over 50 years ago. But the reasons to choose Arizona are more than just the obvious. While AZ has hundreds...

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9 Places To Retire In The Hamptons Like A Celebrity

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 7:55 AM

As many of us think about the next phase of our lives, it's fun to dream about the possibilities: globetrotting, changing the world, spending more time with the family. Dreams aside, there is a practical side to the whole retirement puzzle. Let's face it, if you are going to have...

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Retire Like A 20-Something In 10 Hawaiian Towns

(24) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 6:06 AM

I've noticed a trend among the children of my friends, friends whose offspring are freshly, or a few years out, of college. They are trying out lives in exotic places and traveling as much as they can, while they can. While they can.

They find a place where they can...

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Honoring St. Patrick's Day: 13 Towns That Do It Proud

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 8:31 AM

As you can tell from my name, Moira McGarvey, I've got a little bit of Irish in me. With St. Patrick's Day approaching, it got me thinking about what this holiday and what St. Patrick's Day means to my Irish American family.

For those of you who aren't Irish or...

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