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Retire like you have always dreamed.
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RETIRING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

Did you know you can live in a warm tropical country at a fraction of the cost? Places such as Thailand, Ecuador, Vietnam, Portugal, and Mexico are much more affordable.

HEALTHY CHOICES

Your happiness begins with finding a healthy lifestyle just for you.

Traveling abroad opens your eyes to new cultures.

You’d be surprised how friendly other cultures can be.

Laid Back Living on Lopez Island

I have been living in the San Juan Islands in Washington state for a few years now. And whenever I want to just relax and read a book, I just pack up my bicycle and take the ferry on over to our beautiful Lopez Island. Laid back living on Lopez Island consists of a...

Lower your Cell Phone Bill and Stick it to the Man

If you are looking for ways to save money on your cell phone bill, then read on. It's getting a whole lot easier lower your cell phone bill and stick it to the man. Negotiate a new deal! Just two month's ago, my Verizon cell phone bill was at $140 a month for my...

Seattle’s Fremont District – The Funky Side of Town

While the big city is a bridge and a two mile bus ride away, Seattle's Freemont District is one of our favorite neighborhoods.   No skyscrapers here!   But you will find great little shops, a terrific chocolate factory, more Thai food than you can eat, some high-tech...

Voting With Your Retirement Dollars

Good grief!   Can it possibly be election time again?   Billions spent TV ads, yard signs, on the radio - all to buy our vote.   Here's a news flash candidates - we baby-boomers are a huge voting block and we are savvy enough to assess the candidates and make up our...

Key West, Florida – A World Away

On a recent kayak trip to Key West, Florida, our guide told us he is frequently asked if they accept American money.  Really?   Although this funky little town is definitely part of south Florida, we could see why someone might think they had left the country for the...

Three Days in Bruges, Belgium

Photo By Alan Eng via StockPholio.com Bruges (pronounced BROO-zh) reminded us of Venice; a canal town with bridges linking the neighborhoods together.   Like Venice, Bruges, Belgium made its fortune in the maritime trade of the middle ages.   Many of the smaller...

Zipline Day with Grandma!

One of my greatest joys is taking my grandson's on a new adventure.   I didn't have any trouble talking them into a zipline day with Grandma - checking another thing off my bucket list.   We found Northwest Canopy Tours on Camano Island (north of Seattle) and booked...

A Visit to Pendleton Oregon

While Pendleton may not be the first place you think of in Oregon, it is certainly worth a visit!   Home to the famous "Pendleton Round-Up" every September, the town is also known for the Pendleton Woolen Mill and fine leather goods.  It is also a place where the true...

I’m Never Going Camping!

As a child, camping in Southern California was a way of life.  Dad usually had a tent, camper or trailer, or some such people-sleeper and always a boat.  We'd go to one of the bays in San Diego to water ski, fish, or just go boating to see what we could see.  Being a...

Pirate Booty at the Anacortes Shipwreck Day!

Locally known as "The Town Garage Sale", Anacortes, WA closes off the downtown Commercial Avenue one Saturday a year for the annual Shipwreck Day.   Here you will find anything and everything for your home or boat (the town is on an island in NW Washington) - some new...

The Zen of Knitting Socks

For me, knitting is a form of meditation.   I have deep insightful conversations with myself while ignoring the outside world.   Knitting gives me a point of concentration while, in my mind, I solve the world's problems, have future conversations, and practice the art...

Do not buy a home in a flood zone – ever

You found the perfect home in a cute neighborhood. The kitchen is to die for, and you can walk to all of your favorite coffee shops and restaurants. There's just one problem, the house is in a flood zone. And with it, you have to pay for flood insurance. You think to...

Cambria California – Fine Coastal Living

We pulled into Cambria California on a foggy summer morning on a hunt for moonstones.   This stretch of the south coast was reported to have the translucent stones at the tide line.  The boardwalk - maybe a mile of wooden sidewalk above the beach was populated with...

Florence, Oregon – Sand Dunes at the Coast!

The Oregon coast is a wild and rugged place.   Sure, there are beautiful sandy beaches, but much of it is towering cliffs with waves crashing on the huge offshore rocks.   If you are in your twenties and have a wetsuit, it might be a perfect place to take a swim!  ...

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