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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 …

Why Retiring Abroad Could Save You Money

Posted on 08/1/2012 by |Retiring Overseas | Comments

Money & SavingsIn a previous blog post, I wrote about one of the key perks of living in Latin America – affordability. I wrote that you can live quite comfortably in Latin America on your Social Security benefits, despite the fact that those benefits have only risen 3.6 percent in the last three years. For a retiree in 2012, the average Social Security benefit is $1,230. One of my favorite treats, I mentioned, is that in Ecuador, I can afford to hire …

On The Road Again, With These Apps

Posted on 07/26/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyThe dog days of summer can be great for traveling.  But if you want to enrich the experience, grab your smartphone and load up on a few great apps before you hit the road. If you are driving, be sure to have the GasBuddy app front and center. (Operated by your helpful spouse, of course – don’t do this while driving!) This app uses your smartphone’s GPS device to pinpoint your location and gives you the rundown of service station …

Sh*t Boomer Travelers Say

Posted on 07/11/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelAs a rule, we’re not folks given to foul language.  So, I struggled a bit as I considered the title for this article. In fact, growing up in the midwest, the use of this word was certain to find a bar of Dial soap scraped on my teeth as my dear mother was always quick to wash my mouth out with soap with its use. However, while certain profane words were absolutely forbidden, the adults in my world seemed to …

App of the Week: EmergencyLink

Posted on 06/28/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyDoesn’t it seem like the older we get, the more people’s safety we worry about? When we were young, most of us thought we were invincible.  We didn’t think about staying out of harm’s way. We did crazy stuff like drive too fast, hitchhike, and other risky and reckless activities. But then, we got married and settled down  a bit.  We started to worry about our spouses.  If they were late home from an appointment, we got nervous. If they …

Germiest Things in Hotel Rooms? Stuff You Touch First

Posted on 06/25/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWant to avoid germs during your next hotel stay? Wipe down that TV remote and the switch on your bedside lamp before you touch them. Researchers from the University of Houston took bacteria samples from several items in hotel rooms in three states, reports MyHealthNewsDaily.com. While you might expect the toilet and the sink to have high levels of bacteria, researchers found more surprising items with high contamination levels, such as the remote and the switch on the bedside lamp …