Author: Akaisha Kaderli

Gonna/Wanna Drive in a Foreign Country? Your 9 Best Tips!

Most people in the U.S. and Canada own their own cars. Wherever we want to go, whether it’s to the grocery store or the next town, we simply jump into our cars and start driving. There’s no second thought about traffic rules, which side of the road to drive on, the language of the land or whether the car is in working order. Generally, mass transpo...Read More

5 Tips That’ll Change Your Life!

As we go through Life, we tend to pick up some wisdom. Hopefully we learn a more stress-free manner of living, a style of engaging more confidently, with less conflict to our days. Below are five tips on how to move in this direction of personal peace, and they will change your life if you implement them. 1. Identify what’s most important to you. E...Read More

The Heart of Mexico – Love in a Cantina

Billy and I spend a lot of time together. After being retired almost three decades, we have worked out a nice rhythm of time apart and time working on joint projects and having fun. Here in Chapala, Mexico, Billy will sometimes go to a favorite cantina in the afternoons just a couple of blocks from our apartment. This cantina has a long history, an...Read More

Leftovers? 4 Ways to Upcycle That “Extra” Food!

A great way to save money for retirement or other goals important to you is to eat at home more often. To do this, it’s important to have tasty food ready-to-eat so that meal time isn’t paired with drudgery. Try these tips below to supercharge your selection of food. Get in the groove. When you return home from grocery shopping get into the habit o...Read More

It’s a Lifestyle – Not a Vacation

Ever wonder how it was for us in the beginning of living life without a paycheck? In 1991, we understood that we were retiring with the idea that we would not be returning to work. If we had to, we would, but it was not part of the plan. We were not taking a break from work, we were leaving the working world all together. It was a little unnerving ...Read More

Worry-Free Housing

We have the best of both worlds. Billy and I often leave the US for months at a time to visit exotic locations. We set up a home base on the other side of the globe and settle into the local community. Then, due to visa restrictions or a desire to see family and friends once again, we return home to America’s stunning Southwest. We are able to live...Read More

How To Double Your Social Security Check

The average monthly 2016 Social Security check is $1,341, which is $45.00 per day, or a little over $16,000 per year. Stories abound about how people are not able to live – or only struggle to get by – on their Social Security income in the United States. Even if they can manage to walk the budget tightrope, it’s not much of a retiremen...Read More

Akaisha’s Three Lessons on Retirement

After almost three decades of retirement we’re still having a great time. Here, we’re on a boat ride across Lake Atitlan Retirement is a great achievement, but it’s not static. It’s not like once you arrive you can forget about it and put it on auto-pilot. It’s an interactive manner of living that continues to respond ...Read More

We’re 26 Years “Retired,” No $$ Woes – Here’s How!

When 2016 came to a close, I thought I would look back financially to where we started this adventure, from January of 1991. The chart below shows the ascent of the S&P 500 Index over our 26 years of retirement. On our retirement date of January 14, 1991, the S&P 500 index closed at 312.49. It has recently closed at 2262, making roughly an ...Read More

Create Your Own Financial Sustainability

These days, no matter what the topic, it’s all about sustainability. In regards to financial sustainability, there are 3 legs to the stool. Income, spending and Investments. Income Income is derived from money you make through your job using physical or mental labor or both. Passive income can be created through property rentals, bond interes...Read More

The Experience Dividend: Why Baby Boomers Are Great Employees

Who said work is a four-letter word? With millions of Baby Boomers poised to leave the workforce within the next decade, many of us want to find ways to contribute from our vast wells of experience and knowledge. We want more freedom of expression in our lives instead of continuing what might be a lukewarm commitment to a full-time job.   Yet there...Read More

Flight Changes, Orphaned Luggage!

Unexpected upheaval on the way home  I was really tuckered out after a month-long stay visiting my family in California and was looking forward to an easy flight home to Guatemala. Billy (that angel of mine!) was waiting for me in Antigua and he had arranged for our private driver to meet me at the Guatemala City airport about an hour away and brin...Read More

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