If I Retire Abroad, How Do I Pick Where to Live?

Posted on 10/17/2012 by |Retiring Overseas | Comments

TravelMy husband, Dan, and I will soon celebrate 11 years of living the expat life. We’ve lived in seven different locations (in Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Ecuador) and spent a considerable amount of time in many, many more – especially Belize and Costa Rica. Believe me, we’ve learned a lot in the past decade! Importantly, we’ve learned that it’s impossible to compare and contrast the merits or disadvantages of entire countries. And if you’re thinking about retiring to a foreign …

Booking a Trip? Timing Is Everything

Posted on 09/26/2012 by |Travel | Comments

TravelThe giant travel aggregator site Kayak has some advice for consumers on the best times to book travel in order to snag the cheapest airfares. Drumroll please… Don’t book too early, and don’t book too late. OK, that’s slightly glib. But that’s basically what the site — which says it averages 100 million search queries a month — concluded after sorting through a year’s worth of data. Among its recommendations: Book domestic trips 21 days before departure. Those who went …

How To Start Your Own Volunteer Adventure

Posted on 09/20/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringWhile showering one Tuesday morning, I had an epiphany. This enlightened thought inspired me to travel through the forty-eight contiguous states in forty-eight weeks doing volunteer, service, and charity work. The main goal was to promote a “service-to-others” lifestyle by lending a hand to people and organizations of all ages, backgrounds, and affiliations. While the “ah-ha” moment came all at once, getting to that point took several months to figure out what I loved to do and how each of …

If I Go Abroad, What Happens to My Medicare?

Posted on 08/22/2012 by |Washington D.C. | Comments

Money & Savings | TravelNo matter what happens this November or in the four years that follow, one thing is for sure: your Medicare coverage won’t be going with you should you decide to retire overseas. Luckily, though, there are many countries where, as a legal resident, you can qualify for a local health care plan that’s often even more comprehensive and less costly than Medicare. Here’s what you need to know:
 Medicare doesn’t normally cover health care costs outside the U.S. (And the government’s definition …

Want Better Results at Work? Take a Vacation!

Posted on 08/17/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThis is a guest post from Nancy Collamer, M.S., a career coach, speaker and author. || According to a 2012 survey, only 65 percent of full-time U.S. employees have taken or plan to take a vacation this year, down from 80 percent in 2007. There are many reasons for this downward trend—financial worries and concerns about job security—but even though these worries are justified, I still think it’s a shame that Americans are increasingly reluctant to take the time off they’ve earned. …

Death by Flip Flop?

Posted on 08/14/2012 by |Travel | Comments

Your Life  My flip flops are trying to kill me. They look so cute and innocent. But as I just learned the hard way, wearing the minimalist rubber footwear can be hazardous to your health. If you’re heading to the shore, pool or theme park in these last few weeks of summer, know that your choice of shoes just might cut your vacation short. My moment of truth came one afternoon last month when I slipped getting out of a friend’s SUV. True, it …