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19 hours ago, morelostthanfound said:

Sounds fun!  I hate spending the $ (travel is expensive), but the memories really are priceless!

I set aside money every month for travel, as long as no other unexpected expenses show up.  My parents, both in the 80's now and don't travel anymore instilled in my brain to "travel while you're young and able...don't wait".  

I won't retire rich or young but hope to have seen many places around the world before I retire and continue when I finally do retire.

The Costa Rican trip was canceled on the runway in Miami as we are in line to take off and had to go back because a volcanic eruption nearby closed down the airport due to ash.  Big disappointment.  But a few months later parlayed that money into a memorable trip to Greece and Costa Rica remains on the bucket list.

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4 hours ago, Tweety said:

I set aside money every month for travel, as long as no other unexpected expenses show up.  My parents, both in the 80's now and don't travel anymore instilled in my brain to "travel while you're young and able...don't wait".  

I won't retire rich or young but hope to have seen many places around the world before I retire and continue when I finally do retire.

The Costa Rican trip was canceled on the runway in Miami as we are in line to take off and had to go back because a volcanic eruption nearby closed down the airport due to ash.  Big disappointment.  But a few months later parlayed that money into a memorable trip to Greece and Costa Rica remains on the bucket list.

Nice!  Speaking of retirement, have you ever thought of retirement outside of the US (Central of South America)?  I personally want to enjoy life and do a lot more travel but can't get the time off.  Avoiding the more desirable 'touristy' areas and instead retiring in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama...would afford a significantly lower cost of living and the only real possibility of retirement before my body is broken down and it's too late.

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3 hours ago, morelostthanfound said:

Nice!  Speaking of retirement, have you ever thought of retirement outside of the US (Central of South America)?  I personally want to enjoy life and do a lot more travel but can't get the time off.  Avoiding the more desirable 'touristy' areas and instead retiring in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama...would afford a significantly lower cost of living and the only real possibility of retirement before my body is broken down and it's too late.

Right now the current job I've had for 27 years and have good time off, so that's not the issue with me, but finances sure are.

I haven't given much thought to retirement abroad.  Best friend has looked into Thailand and it's cheap to retire and you need "just" $20 cash in the bank for them to take you.  I adore Thailand (having lived there as an Army brat kid for two years) and have been back a couple of times in adulthood.  

Also, living in an AirBnB (sp?) for a month or two in different spots like France or Argentina might be fun.  

 

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3 minutes ago, Tweety said:

Right now the current job I've had for 27 years and have good time off, so that's not the issue with me, but finances sure are.

I haven't given much thought to retirement abroad.  Best friend has looked into Thailand and it's cheap to retire and you need "just" $20 cash in the bank for them to take you.  I adore Thailand (having lived there as an Army brat kid for two years) and have been back a couple of times in adulthood.  

Also, living in an AirBnB (sp?) for a month or two in different spots like France or Argentina might be fun.  

 

Yes, extensive travel and staying in Air B&Bs would be fun.  In terms of retirement, even with an inheritance, modest investments, and a small pension, my retirement finances will be tight but I am bound and determined though not to work right up to (or over) age 67.  In the absence of universal healthcare or retirement abroad, there's no hope for that for me.

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6 hours ago, morelostthanfound said:

Yes, extensive travel and staying in Air B&Bs would be fun.  In terms of retirement, even with an inheritance, modest investments, and a small pension, my retirement finances will be tight but I am bound and determined though not to work right up to (or over) age 67.  In the absence of universal healthcare or retirement abroad, there's no hope for that for me.

I meant to say you need "only" 20 K or $20,000 to move to Thailand.

I'm planning on working until 70 to maximize my comfort when I retire.  I'm presuming it's going to be just me.  For a long time I thought I would live in comfort with a partner who had a wealthy father, but that fell apart after 10 years.  😂

 I have a financial advisor because we got sold and I rolled over that money into a private account and he says I should be fine if that's my plan.  

I hope you're dreams come true.  🙂

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On 1/6/2020 at 6:54 AM, Tweety said:

I set aside money every month for travel, as long as no other unexpected expenses show up.  My parents, both in the 80's now and don't travel anymore instilled in my brain to "travel while you're young and able...don't wait".  

I won't retire rich or young but hope to have seen many places around the world before I retire and continue when I finally do retire.

The Costa Rican trip was canceled on the runway in Miami as we are in line to take off and had to go back because a volcanic eruption nearby closed down the airport due to ash.  Big disappointment.  But a few months later parlayed that money into a memorable trip to Greece and Costa Rica remains on the bucket list.

I love traveling so much I do it vicariously.

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16 minutes ago, Fran L. LeMay said:

I love traveling so much I do it vicariously.

I love traveling too Fran.  My wife and I would like to retire early (though we can't really afford to) and travel on the very cheap.  At almost 54 yo, I just don't think I have it in me to work another 13 years to make it to full retirement age.  I have any thought of transitioning to a career outside of medicine/nursing but have no idea what that would be or the feasibility, but I do like the idea!

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Both of my daughters and both SILs have done it also. On the other hand, I am wheel chair bound and 76 years young and is why I do my traveling by looking at photography.

 

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