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Tales from Thailand

Friday, May 19th, 2017   10:20 am |  Category:   Retirement locations, Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

It’s no wonder Thailand is such a popular tourist destination. This beautiful country has amazing food, friendly people, and so many fun things to do. There’s the big city excitement of Bangkok, gorgeous beaches, elephants to ride, and all kinds of other interesting things in between. During my recent Thai adventure I had many awesome …more

Why I love southern India

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017   4:07 pm |  Category:   Retirement locations, Travel   |  3 Comments  | Author:     bio

I am approaching 62 and have been spending the last 5 years going back and forth from the US to India on a tourist visa. While so many love northern India because of its beauty and splendor, I love southern India more. Yes there are places where it is very hot but there are ‘hill …more

Beyond Beach Resorts and Tourist Towns – finding the real Mexico

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017   3:57 pm |  Category:   Retirement locations, Travel   |  6 Comments  | Author:     bio

Ten places to discover in Mexico beyond Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas.   1.Rio Lagartos: Exploring the estuary by boat we see a group of flamingos a short distance away. It is barely past sunrise and the world is honeyed with golden light. And there they are in front of us, thirty or …more

Totally Submitting to Thailand’s Charms

Saturday, March 11th, 2017   3:39 pm |  Category:   Life, Retirement locations   |  2 Comments  | Author:     bio

It’s only been a few days, but I’ve already settled into a very comfortable routine here in the Little seaside town of Ao Nang Beach, Thailand.   Let me start by saying that everything is astonishingly affordable in the “land of smiles”. And this fact invariably affects the spending choices you make.   For example, …more

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Saturday, October 15th, 2016   5:32 pm |  Category:   Finance, Life, Retirement locations   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

I received an email from an expat living in Spain’s Costa del Sol last week, who was understandably concerned and angry about the falling pound. Basically, he was asking what the UK Government was going to do about it. Apparently, both he and his wife are now having to seriously cut back on both food …more

A New Expat Life or an Extended Holiday?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016   9:03 pm |  Category:   Life, Retirement locations   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

A new survey of retired British expats has produced some interesting, but not surprising results. It claims that around one third of those interviewed intend to return to the UK, because they are dissatisfied with their expat experience, which includes increases in costs of living and financial concerns.   During my years as an expat …more

Hope Springs Eternal (For Me and the Cubs)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016   11:21 am |  Category:   Life, Retirement locations   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Section 107, Row 23, Seats 22 & 23.   There they were! Sitting on my desk in two neat folders. Two sets of fifteen tickets. Each in three gleaming, colorful perforated sheets. It was exhilarating to see them there … next to a pile of bills, a couple of pieces of scratch paper with some …more

Return migration by retirees

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016   3:24 pm |  Category:   Life, Retirement locations   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

‘My dread is that I will die before returning’. I read this heartfelt proclamation on a BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) website message board, which had invited responses to a TV programme about ‘The ten pound poms’ – British citizens who emigrated to Australia in the 1960s and 1970s under the assisted package scheme.  Clearly, one …more

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