More than once I thought, This scene would be perfect for a Norman Rockwell print. I felt like I had gone back in time to a rural American experience, where life was simpler and perhaps more innocent.
Why is taking money early from your retirement plan not ideal? First, Americans are already not saving enough for their retirements. In fact, the new National Institute on Retirement Security Retirement Savings Crisis study shows the dire state of most Americans retirement savings.
Have you ever been tempted to "play the stock market" by following a hot tip, only to watch your shares plummet? Do you want to invest, but feel overwhelmed by all of your choices? How do you know if you should invest in stocks at all?
Enjoying retirement is part of the American dream. In preparation for this milestone, many imagine the activities they will do, whether or not they will relocate and what exciting trips they might take. You may feel ready for retirement emotionally, but are you truly prepared financially?
I couldn't be 100% certain, but I think my mother was in tears when I called to tell her that we were moving to Costa Rica. Most of our friends didn't believe us when we told them. Others just couldn't understand why anyone would want to live outside the United States.
There are many ways to make a living overseas. You can start your own business, buy an existing business, become a real estate investor, do online trading, teach yoga, pet sit... the sky is the limit. And where there's a will, there's a way. We've done it, and you can do it, too...
An important element of the estate planning strategy is maybe the simplest component of them all -- how to handle common bank accounts.
If you travel all the way to Katmandu, why are you so overjoyed about meeting Bob and Wendy Whomeverthef*ck from Jerkwater, Ohio?
There is a radical difference between spending a relaxing week or two in the spot of your dreams and being there long enough to miss the Wednesday night league at the Royal Lanes or Friday evening happy hour at Sarge's Lounge.
The minute we decided to disengage ourselves from most of our house and possessions so we could spend our retirement traveling internationally, the grinding elimination process began, and we were faced with deciding whose possessions were worthy of how much space!
For the fifth year in a row, International Living has chosen Ecuador as the #1 retirement destination in the world. And for good reason.
Jill Hill turned 70 not long ago, but looks at least 10 years younger. She has the energy of someone 30 years younger. And the happy optimism of someone 50 years younger... In Jill's world, life is good. Excellent, in fact. But it wasn't always that way.
It was nearly 3 p.m. and we hadn't had lunch yet. We'd been so taken with the shady cobblestone streets and the facades of the ancient buildings (OK, and the statues in the plaza and the many colorful little shops) that we'd forgotten to eat. And now we were starving.
Many times throughout the years, I have observed anecdotally that people have a higher risk of mortality shortly after retirement. And there's even some empirical evidence of this.
Although about four in 10 admit that they can't wait to retire, just as many say they won't ever want to stop working. Even more expect to work in retirement.
When it comes to quality of life -- which is, after all, the thing that most people are looking for when they think about retiring or living abroad -- we find that comparing countries is far too difficult.