Traveling is challenging enough with all one has to think about – getting the best price on airline tickets, arranging for lodging reservations, and being sure your passport is up-to-date with no expiration in the next 6 months.
We have the best of both worlds. Billy and I often leave the US for months at a time to visit exotic locations. We set up a home base on the other side of the globe and settle into the local community.
Retirement is a great achievement, but it's not static. It's not like once you arrive you can forget about it and put it on auto-pilot. It's an interactive manner of living that continues to respond to our input, the new skills we learn and how our goals modify. Hopefully we continue to grow and change, making our retirement sustainable and sweeter to live.
The average monthly 2016 Social Security check is $1,341, which is $45.00 per day, or a little over $16,000 per year. Stories abound about how people are not able to live - or only struggle to get by - on their Social Security income in the United States. Even if they can manage to walk the budget tightrope, it’s not much of a retirement to look forward to and usually it's one that is supplemented with work.
If you want to become financially independent - and even location-independent - look no further than the excellent advice from Retire Early Lifestyle. In this post, Billy and Akaisha Kaderli discuss investing your way to financial independence.
These days, no matter what the topic, the talk is all about sustainability. In regards to financial sustainability, there are 3 legs to the stool: Income, Spending, and Investments.
I was really tuckered out after a month-long stay visiting my family in California and was looking forward to an easy flight home to Guatemala. Billy (that angel of mine!) was waiting for me in Antigua and he had arranged for our private driver to meet me at the Guatemala City airport about an hour away and bring me to our hotel. (It only went downhill from there!)
Traveling is not for everyone. In fact, some feel that the whole hassle of traveling is less than inspiring, and the comforts of home beckon far greater. How about opening your perspective and beginning to introduce some travel into your current lifestyle? Could you make this easier on yourself?
While taking a break from the sun and surf, relaxing in my hotel room in a tiny beach town on Mexico’s rugged Pacific Coast, my cell phone rang. "Howdy, Beautiful!" my friend of four decades shouted from snow country, thousands of miles away. "Been watchin’ your website for years and I read all your stories. Love ‘em. But I thought you were retired!"
All of your ducks are in a row. You have saved and carefully invested for years, and the personal discipline is about to pay off. So why is there apprehension in the bottom of your belly? Let's be honest: there is risk involved, and the future no longer seems certain or familiar.