For some of the more obsessive-compulsive among us, it has also become a point of honor to be able to pack for weeks or even months on the road in a matter of minutes...
Today we're taking a look at gay-friendly retirement locations. It turns out that it's a myth that most gay people live in a handful of well-known urban neighborhoods like the Castro in San Francisco or Chelsea in New York City. You can go back to the 2000 Census and learn that same-sex couples live in 99 percent of U.S. counties.
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.
If you are in your 20s or 30s, I can guarantee that, when you are in your 60s, you will look back and think 'How on Earth could I have been so stupid?' No, I'm not talking about your decision to get back together with what's-his-name or your tattoo.
Retirement planners used to talk about the "three-legged stool of retirement income -- Social Security, traditional company pensions, and personal savings." Nowadays, many of us are sitting on legless stools.
Weather was a huge factor in our decision to move abroad. Not that we don't dearly love our hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. But there are times when it gets so cold or so hot that going outside simply isn't an option.
Moving abroad to a place with better weather, a lower cost of living, and decent health care sounds like a no-brainer. It's a wonderful option for anyone looking to improve their current lifestyle and spend less money to do it -- especially for retirees on a limited budget.
Have you gotten tired yet hearing how broken down and dysfunctional we have all become in our advancing years? If we are smart, we except our shortcomings, find a way to overcome them and move on with living our lives to the fullest.
Despite the advantages and excitement that a move abroad brings, there was one stumbling block that nearly prevented us from taking the leap: Fear of commitment.
In these places, you'll have lots of English speakers to rely on for help and suggestions... Who are the best doctors, where's the best place to buy kitchen appliances, get your computer repaired, and so on. They've been there, done that... they've blazed the trail so you don't have to.
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 two, and proximity of good healthcare or continuing education. Will you need a car? Is the new area safe?
Young adults are not leaving home these days, or they are boomeranging back, as many parents well know. Indeed, the successful launch of the young is occurring later and later.
While I don't yet have the freedom to spend several months a year writing in Belize or exploring the hill towns of Sicily, my goal is to make it happen within the next six to eight years.
Years ago, when I was part of the corporate middle management machine, I had the honor of working for brief time with a gentleman that actually reinforced my faith in mankind.
The bottom line is that selecting the proper sunscreen can be a chore. Before diving into the sea of choices, let me make it completely clear that everyone needs some sort of protection when spending time in the sun. No one is immune to the effects of extended exposure.
What makes for an "easy" overseas retirement destination? Look for destinations where lots of expats have already settled. They offer instant, English-speaking support groups for newcomers, along with local businesses familiar with expat needs and wants.