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Beaches, Barbecues, and e-Bikes: A Dream Retirement Business in Panama

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on March 26, 2020

A new mode of transportation is taking off in Boquete, in Panama’s Chiriquí province, introduced by a semi-retired American expat who has made his home there since 2005. Vincent Spagnoli is the owner of Soul Planet Cycles, an electric bicycle company based in the small mountain town, a popular tourist destination. In addition to renting […]

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Opportunity, Adventure, and Beachfront Living in Glorious Vietnam

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on March 16, 2020

“Stay in school is what adults tell kids, right? That was my problem. I stayed too long,” says Ronald Kysiksi from the veranda of his condo along postcard-perfect Hoi An beach, just outside of Da Nang, Vietnam. Back in his student days, Ronald, who has degrees in physics and math, thought he would spend his […]

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Our Roving Retirement: 2019 in Review…With Pictures

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on February 23, 2020

2019 was certainly a year on the move for us. We began our year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, housesitting in a luxury apartment for a month. It had full-length windows along one side with a balcony overlooking the city, and access to a fantastic pool and gym. Watching the New Year’s fireworks display in comfort […]

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Building a Business and Living the Good Life in Rome

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on February 20, 2020

When Linda Martinez and Steve Brenner opened their hostel, The Beehive, in Rome, they couldn’t have picked a better name. There is always a buzz of voices in the cozy courtyard garden and the social gathering room, as folks from around the neighborhood and across the world mingle. This sense of community is a happy […]

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The 4 Secrets to a No-Regrets Retirement

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on February 12, 2020

I’ve recently been collecting lots of stories about retiree regrets for a screenplay I want to write. These regrets, I think, offer a particularly poignant insight because: Here’s this collection of people who are looking at the sunset of life, and they’re analyzing all the choices they made over a lifetime—the paths they took and […]

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A New Life and Enriching Income in Medellín, Colombia

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 29, 2020

I was pretty sure that when I left my healthcare executive job in 2011 to move overseas, I was going to be retired. I’d had enough of long work hours in a stressful position, and I was ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy my life in Medellín—the City of Eternal Spring. But a funny […]

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This Is a Golden Age for Retirees (And Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise)

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 27, 2020

I wonder what my grandmother’s retirement would have been, given a different set of circumstances. She loved to travel and I know there were places in Europe and South America she always wanted to see. And after sharing a house with her sister for more than three decades (the two got on like territorial wolverines), […]

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You’re Younger Than You’ll Ever Be…So Get Busy Living Your Dream Life

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 25, 2020

The Czech letter Ř. Honestly, I don’t think it should exist. But I concede a certain bias here. See, I’m American, born and raised. Never had to trill an R and mash it together unnaturally with a J sound. Or scrunch it into a string of consonants, sans vowels, not meant to be married. Now, […]

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Leave the Rat Race Behind and Enjoy Life to the Fullest in Southern France

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 22, 2020

When I moved to France in 2010, I brought the small selection of publications that had taught me everything I knew about the country to that point—four grammar books, a travel guidebook, The French Chef cookbook by Julia Child, and The French Chef DVD collection. From these books, I’d learned that France was a beautiful country and that I […]

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3 Easy Steps for Uncovering Your Most Marketable Freelancing Skill

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on January 10, 2020

“What could I possibly do as an online freelancer?” That question, or some variation of it, is the one I’m most frequently asked when I speak at events, workshops, and in online training programs. It’s certainly a valid question, but it also speaks to the doubts many baby boomers feel about their ability to compete […]

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Running Yoga Retreats to Ireland Combines Wellness and Adventure

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on October 29, 2019

Once a niche market, wellness has gone mainstream, permeating our lives in more and more ways: yoga, healthy eating, personal care and beauty, nutrition and weight-loss, meditation, spa retreats, and Fitbits. For budding entrepreneurs, this market offers endless possibilities, which anyone can tap into. “One day I was visiting my mother in Ireland and went […]

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