I think where you end up is less important than the intention to end up somewhere. So if you have an old, overseas dream sitting on a shelf, dust it off... You never know where it'll take you.
Discover what it is in you that is calling out to be heard. Read books, watch movies, take walks and talk with those you love. Explore other aspects of yourself. Yes, a singer is an artist, but higher still, you are the creator of a far greater work -- your life.
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.
When Pam announced in mid-June 2013 that she would be shuttering Pam's House Blend to concentrate on her personal health, it was a sad moment. But is also gave us an opportunity to reflect on the impact Pam has had on our own blogging and the realities of women blogging.
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.
As your kids age, your friendship circle morphs to school families or the other sports team or drama club parents. And when that period ends and your kids leave the nest, you are left with... well, frequently not much.
A friend, Paul Terhorst, retired very early, at age 35, nearly 30 years ago. Paul retired for many reasons and even wrote a book about the thinking involved. But today he explains that, in retrospect, one reason stands out more than all the others.
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.
Most cruise companies relocate their equipment twice a year, moving them from one warm, inviting climate to another, and they cost between thirty and seventy percent less than in-season cruises.
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.
Much like that wonderful line from The Princess Bride, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," I warn you. As we beg...
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.
If you're old enough to collect Social Security, there may be no better place to live right now than Latin America.