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Retiring in Mazatlan, Mexico – On the cheap

Mazatlan, in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, gets a bad rap. Mostly because people confuse a drug cartel being named after a state, or with a state being named in honor of a drug cartel. This unfortunate labeling likely has kept Mazatlan from the escalating costs of...

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Roommates after 50 – No problem!

Whenever we think of someone having roommates, we usually think of a young and free spirited college age student. I am in my 50’s now and I think having roommates after 50 is terrific. Most people think as we get older, we get more set in our ways. Maybe...

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Top 3 Tips to get cheap flights to Thailand

We have been travelling to Thailand quite a bit since 2012. My wife is Thai, and we are always looking for a bargain and for cheap flights to Thailand. We travel to back to Thailand at least twice a year, and we have a simple routine we use to book our cheap flights....

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How I fixed my slow WiFi for my smart TV

Move your router to a better location You can easily fix your slow WiFi by moving your wireless router to a better location inside your home or apartment. Just a few months ago, my roommates were having trouble wirelessly streaming movies on their smart TV. Their...

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Fort William to Inverness – The Great Glen

A recent visit to Scotland found us traveling from Fort William to Inverness along the great glen.  We drove up the west side of Scotland through Dumfries, Ayr (a very cool town!) and spent about 5 minutes in Glasgow.  After being in the countryside with the sheep,...

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What About Placerville?

Placerville California is a cute little mountain town about 45 miles east of Sacramento and 60 miles from South Lake Tahoe on Hwy 50. This is the famous gold country where, in 1848 at nearby Sutter’s sawmill, gold was discovered.  Sutter’s Mill, now a...

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Retire in Pleasanton California

Pleasanton is so much more than pleasant!  About 40 miles south east of San Francisco, Pleasanton California enjoys warmer weather than the foggy city by the bay.  The downtown is just plain cute with local merchants, some great restaurants, and plenty of year round...

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Planning for Retirement

A young man in Home Depot asked me the other day how I liked retirement.  “It’s pretty cool” I said.  “They send you money for not working!”   (Not that I didn’t earn that money and put away for it!)   “But how do you live on...

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The Beaches of Thailand

With just over 3,200 miles of coastline, you have plenty of beaches to choose from in Thailand!   This tropical land of beaches has palm trees and jungles, amazing rock formations, and plenty of warm weather and warm water.   Picking one can be a challenge!  After...

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Our Search For The Perfect RV Spot

Don’t trust everything you see on the internet, especially when looking for “that perfect RV spot”. While preparing for our next get-a-way, we chose a spot online that looked like it might work with the direction of sunrise and where the awning would...

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Ao Nang Thailand. Great Beach, Great Value

We went to Thailand for my son’s wedding.   Several days later, my husband flew home and my girlfriend and I went south to visit the beaches.  After a hectic couple of days on the island of Phuket, we took friend’s advice and made our way to Ao Nang, back...

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Bangkok – The Big City with a Big Heart

Bangkok Thailand will surprise you.   The hustle and bustle of a huge city with modern skyscrapers, high end malls, and brand new Toyota taxi’s  happily coexists with Buddhist temples, monks, a revered monarchy and ancient tradition.   Not far out of town, you...

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Unexpected Things About Thailand

We never thought about going to Thailand until our son met and became engaged to a lovely young Thai woman and the wedding was to be held in her home town of Udon Thani.   So Thailand rose to the top of the travel bucket list and four family members and the groom...

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I’m always early and you are always late

I really enjoy being early. If I am early, I can relax. If I am not early, I am a mess. I know by being early, I am going to get the great seats I want at my restaurant, or I am going to shine in a job interview. If I am running late or barely on time, I can’t...

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Cataract Surgery – The Eyes Have It!

About a year ago, my eye doctor said it was time for cataract surgery.   “So,” I asked, “what is involved in that?”   She told me they give me a shot in the eyeball, cut it open, take out the old lens and put in a new one.   I’m thinking...

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Live and Travel in the Best Places in the World

One of the secrets to retiring happy is travel. We can show you the best places for retired people to travel in the US and world. And for you expats, we have a list of the best countries to retire.


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Staying Happy and Having Fun

Having a great retirement is more than having enough money. Let us show you all of the fun things to try now that you let that “work thing” go!



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You will be surprised how little it takes to be happy

Having a pet is fantastic way to stay happy. As a bonus, your pet can help you stay in shape by taking him on all of those walks he loves to go on. Travelling also has healthy benefits. And you don’t have to travel far or spend a lot of money to have the time of your life.

  • Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors 30%
  • Percentage of happy/healthy retirees who travel 77%

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Image Credit – Yellow Lab Puppy – One of our founders dogs a few years ago when he was just a little puppy.