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.
Yes, it's summertime but if you are going to be out in the street dancing then please take some precautions. Wear some sunscreen people. Especially at our age.
Retirement as our parents experienced it is being retired... As tens of millions of us now ponder whether and how we might work as well as play in retirement -- for the money and/or the stimulation -- it can be helpful to follow the lead of the trailblazers who are already shaping this new retirement workscape.
Can you imagine telling Bruce Springsteen that since he's 64, it's time to stop playing music? Or forcing 65-year-old fashion powerhouse Anna Wintour to retire? Should Warren Buffet leave investing to younger folks, since, after all, he is 83?
Playing sports is "hard wired" into the male species. We are born with the drive to be competitive and to win. We are obsessed with being the fastest, the strongest, the nimblest and in the end the best. Playing organized sports has always been the easiest way to do just that... But as we aged, our ability to play sports at a highly elevated competitive level changed.
You may have read the headlines and heard the stories: Retirement is being retired. For more than thirty years, I've been analyzing the data and trends, and I've long predicted that working in retirement would one day become the norm. Now it has. We have reached the tipping point where the majority of people now plan to work in retirement, and this later phase of life will never be the same.