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Asian Servants

Monday, December 17th, 2018   9:28 pm |  Category:   Life, Retirement locations, Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

During the 1970s in my international banking career, my wife and I lived in Southeast Asia for five years—two in Jakarta and three in Singapore. Returning to the States, we found that friends were curious about servants and assumed they were like those in PBS British dramas. Before arriving in Jakarta, we had hoped our …more

Travel, Hiking & Writing To Good Health

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018   3:52 pm |  Category:   Life, Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

I feel fortunate to have stumbled upon this website and I can tell you why; I thrive when I can share my experiences that I believe may guide others. So ‘posting’ on a forum where I can reach out to many like minded friends is a dream come true. This is not to be confused …more

An Alternative to Total Retirement

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018   11:07 am |  Category:   Jobs/Volunteer, Life, Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

I remember wondering when I should retire. It started around Christmas time of my retirement year. The thoughts I was turning over in my mind went something like this: Can I afford to retire? I would have to take a small financial penalty on my pension if I was to retire that year. What would …more

Trans Canada

Saturday, July 28th, 2018   6:33 pm |  Category:   Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Hello Again friends, well it’s been quite a year! I am waving to you from New Hampshire for the moment. I drove across Canada, it was a wonderful trip! I highly recommend it! The Canadian national parks are spectacular, nature there is untouched, there are fewer people on the roads and life goes on at …more

Making the most of a trip to Italy

Monday, February 12th, 2018   4:34 pm |  Category:   Retirement locations, Travel   |  3 Comments  | Author:     bio

Since we bought our apartment in Bagni di Lucca in northern Tuscany almost 15 years ago I spend 6 months of every year in glorious Italy. I am often asked by first time visitors to Italy how to make the most of their trip. Time is precious and there is much to see.   If …more

Stop Horsing Around

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018   4:53 pm |  Category:   Humor, Life, Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

No matter how much research and preparation you do before traveling, things aren’t going to go exactly as you planned them. Flexibility is the key. The sooner you learn to roll with the punches the more fun and less stress you’ll have on your vacation.   During a recent trip to Iceland, we woke up …more

Making the Most of Cuba in Two Weeks

Friday, November 24th, 2017   4:51 pm |  Category:   Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Cuba grabs you by the throat and spits you out dancing. It’s not always easy, and it’s impossible to escape the poverty, but it’s always fascinating. At times raw and gritty, at times serene and beautiful, Cuba has much to offer the adventurous traveller. You can stay at an all-inclusive beach resort and have a …more

Beating the summer heat

Friday, September 8th, 2017   4:45 pm |  Category:   Retirement locations, Travel   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

By the end of June when temps near 90 degrees daily in Florida I’m ready to escape.   Here is a quick summary of my 2017 travels and how I avoided much of the severe Florida summer. Hopefully it will provide some ideas for the future!   The first two weeks of July I spent …more

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