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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.

Cold Spring, New York – A World Away!

Just 30 miles north of New York City, near West Point, you will find the charming little town of Cold Spring.  Overlooking the Hudson River, you can wander down Main Street and visit one of the many antique stores or art galleries.   The downtown bustles with activity...

Bringing Home the Booty! Souvenirs From Your Travels

With airlines charging a fortune for checked luggage these days, bringing home souvenirs from your travels can cost more than the items themselves.   Gifts for friends (or yourself!) can take up that precious cargo space so its time to assess what you bring home. ...

Carnac, France – The Best of Brittany

  Photo By Andy Hay via StockPholio.com We pulled into Carnac late one evening in October.   With no reservations, the first cute house with a B&B sign caught our attention and we asked for a room.   The American woman running the place was getting ready to...

Sick When Travelling? Mind Over Matter

Travelling when sick is just awful.   Not only is it a waste of your planned time and energy, but it can really add to the stress without your own medicines at hand and your own healthcare system.     On our first trip to England, I came down with a head cold in York...

Ann Arbor Michigan – America’s College Town

Photo By Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan via StockPholio.com In reviewing places all around the U.S. and the world, one of our favorite categories is college towns.   Communities with a university have a well developed cultural life,...

Manistee Michigan. It’s All About the Water

 Photo By Elliott Connor Photography via StockPholio.com  One of Michigan's finest little beach towns, Manistee has Lake Michigan to the west and Lake Manistee to the east with a lovely river running right through the heart of town.  In the summer, locals and visitors...

Too Hot in Arizona? Come to Bayfield, Wisconsin!

Long before Phoenix hits the 110 degree mark, retirees head north to find a cooler climate to spend the summers.   We found a great little town for you that will make you sad to leave when the leaves start to change and its time to go home.   Bayfield, Wisconsin sits...

Eau Claire – Cool Country Living

If you don't mind the cold winters, Eau Claire is a great place for retired people to live.   Located 86 miles west of St. Paul Minnesota and 193 miles west of Green Bay, Eau Claire (meaning "clear water") sits where the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers come together....

Grafton – Illinois’ River Town

Right where the Mississippi and Illinois river - just north of St. Louis - you will find the great little community of Grafton.   Once famous for it's local stone quarries and boat building, Grafton is now known as a picturesque little town with Bald Eagles,...

Home Sweet Home

Retirement has had a lot of surprises that I didn't expect.   There is something just decadent about staying in a nightgown until noon.   Who knew that researching garden seeds for  hours could be so much fun?   Hours and hours fly by while I'm knitting a challenging...

Munich Germany – The Gem of Bavaria

The Capital of Bavaria, Munich is a wonderful home base for exploration of this magnificent region.    Germany's second most popular city, after Berlin, Munich is energetic, compact, and historic - blending modern with ancient in perfect unison.  The heart of the city...

Looking for a Coastal Climate? Eureka, CA!

Eureka, California, just 272 miles north of San Francisco on Hwy 101 and just south of the Redwood National Park, is an affordable (for California) coastal town with plenty to offer.   Humbolt Bay is a major fishing, boating and shipping port for the area providing...

How Much Can I Pull From My IRA in Retirement?

As retirement neared, I was pondering how much money can I pull from my IRA and not blow the whole wad in the first year or two?   After two years and some pretty thorough research, here's my plan. First of all the house and cars are paid for.   After two years, we've...

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