As of April 19, 2021, about 40% of the people in the United States have received at least one vaccine shot and many of us in the older age brackets have received both. The pandemic isn’t over by any means, and it will continue to be a factor in our lives for many months to come, but there’s good reason for hope.

Like many people across the nation and around the world, you are probably eagerly anticipating a return to some form of normalcy. But what will this “new normal” look like?

I have written on numerous occasions that retirement…


Each year, over a million people migrate from colder regions of the United States and Canada to sunny locations in Florida, Arizona, and other Sunbelt states. To these snowbirds, seasonal migration offers the best of both worlds — an opportunity to maintain ties to family, friends, and familiar places, while also enjoying a change of scenery and an escape from cold, wintry weather.

Cold weather can be harder to endure as we get older. A slip on the ice could be more likely to result in injury for older folks, and shoveling show can become too physically taxing.

Besides, with…


It has now been over a year since the pandemic began. Your life has been disrupted in countless ways, including your travel plans.

In our case, we had booked a much-anticipated two-week bus tour of France for May, 2020. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Thankfully, the tour operator offered us full credit for a future trip.

Entire industries have been disrupted as well — some for the better, but most for the worse. The travel industry, in particular, has been devastated. According to US Travel Association data, total travel spending by US residents in 2019 topped $1.1 trillion dollars. In 2020…


It’s easy to imagine an ideal retirement lifestyle, filled with stress-free days in which you are engaging in all those self-fulfilling pursuits you’ve always dreamed of but never had time for. You probably have a nice list of things you would like to do and places you want to go after you retire. Maybe you have an actual bucket list.

But how many of those things on your list will you actually do?

Chances are, not very many.

Why?

Because many of those items on your list require you to do something differently than you have been accustomed to for…


If you have traveled internationally, you have probably visited charming, exciting places and fantasized about what it would be like to retire there.

There are many reasons why retiring to a different country seems tempting. Maybe you want to enjoy your leisure years in a locale with a warmer climate and breathtaking natural beauty. Perhaps you are ready for a new adventure and the opportunity to discover new lands and experience new cultures. Or maybe you are concerned about the current social and political situation and you don’t like the direction in which your country is headed.

If you are…


After you retire, you may believe that you no longer need to manage your time. Perhaps you regard time management as something you get to leave behind when you end your working career. After all, you have been a slave to your work schedule for decades.

If you are not retired yet, you may envision that the ultimate retirement lifestyle will consist of getting up whenever you want, eating whenever you want, doing whatever you want or nothing at all, and going to bed whenever you want.

That may be therapeutic for the first few weeks after you leave your…


While you have some control over the physical aging process with a healthy diet and moderate exercise, the fact that your body ages as you get older is inevitable.

However, you have much greater control over your attitude towards aging. Here are ten steps you can take to cultivate a positive, youthful attitude at any age.


Will working be part of your retirement?

Perhaps your answer is not just “no!” but a resounding, “HELL no!!!”

It may seem like an oxymoron to see “working” in the same sentence as “retirement.” By definition, isn’t retirement what you do after you stop working?

Not necessarily. Retirement comes in many shapes and sizes, and encompasses a wide range of possibilities. Ultimately, it means whatever you want it to mean.


There are now hundreds of Best Places to Retire lists on the Internet, as well as some Worst Places to Retire lists. They all offer different results. With so many contradictory lists, how are you to make sense of it all?

Best Places to Live lists have a long history. Money magazine published a Best Places to Live list annually for decades. Oddly, the lists come out differently every year. Regional booms and recessions will certainly impact any city over time, but could things really change that much in one year?

The explanation, of course, lies with which selection criteria…


Living a fabulous retirement — or enjoying your life at any age — does not necessarily require having a large amount of money to spend lavishly. It means designing a life for yourself (and your spouse, if you have one) that is happy and fulfilling.

This doesn’t require a lot of money in many cases. On my list of 100 Things You Can Do After You Retire, 62 of those are things you can do for little or no money. Some might actually make money. It’s true that the best things in life are free; for others, there are discounts.

Dave Hughes

Retirement lifestyle author and speaker. I help you envision, plan for, and enjoy the best retirement possible at http://retirefabulously.com

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