Akaisha’s World

Finding a Wife in Thailand

As with any story, there are different sides. Most men, when they first arrive in Thailand are captivated by the Thai woman’s charm and undeniable beauty. They seem subservient, pliable, incessantly pleasant, not to mention exotic. How could any male resist? Most of them don’t, and they fall under this overwhelmingly attractive spell. I...Read More

Poverty of Perspective

I’ve never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation. – Mike Todd, Movie Producer, 1903-1958 I always enjoy my journeys to the States and this year was a bonus. Billy and I were able to spend a total of 10 weeks split between the pristine, sugar-sand Gulf coast of Florida and the maj...Read More

Confessions of a World Traveler

On occasion we meet people who say I could never live the life you live; Traveling all the time, not having a permanent home, missing out on families and holiday celebrations¦ Sometimes it’s hard to read their faces and I have tired of justifying our lifestyle. One perfect way to live? I believe that every manner of living has tradeoffs. The...Read More

Tips for Older Travelers

Billy and I have been on the road meandering through continents for over two decades. While we like to think of ourselves as spry, flexible and ready to take on the world, truth is, we are no longer twenty or thirty years old. Traveling at our age of 61 presents challenges that we didn’t have when we were younger. Energy levels have changed a...Read More

5 Truths We Have Discovered After 22 Years of Retirement

Billy and I were fortunate. At the age of 38, we left the conventional working world and launched an independent lifestyle of our own creation. It was an uncharted road with few support systems like online banking, safe withdrawal rates, and email to keep in touch with family. We wrote our script for living as we went along, and now, at age 61 and ...Read More

Having the Courage To Change

It’s a common theme. Much of the mail we get from our readers and those who enjoy our website speaks about the fear that holds them back from letting go of the life they know and moving forward into the retirement of their dreams. The reasons cited can vary from the health care question to not knowing if there will be enough money to cover ev...Read More

Another Take on ‘Home Sweet Home’

Housing, and the cost of it, are the biggest conundrums to face when crafting your personal retirement dream. You could be asking yourself questions such as the following: Should we keep our home and all the corresponding expenses? Maybe we need to downsize so we can afford retirement? Do I want to relocate someplace different all together; a place...Read More

Top Ten Questions and Answers on Medical Tourism

We often get readers asking us basic questions about medical tourism and wanted to share the answers to some of the most common questions we get asked. How do you know if this option will work for you? The following should help you decide.   Q: I have heard the term Medical Tourism, but what exactly is it?   A: Generally, Medical Tourism...Read More

The Price is Right for Retirement

Some people say it can’t be done and others simply dismiss the notion outright even if they are curious. How do we live on less than $30,000 per year (http://youtu.be/Cbm_upencEU)  while traveling through the States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and other exotic locations? We don’t give up luxury, and we don’t deprive ourse...Read More

Everyone Loves A Bargain

I’m a world traveler and I’m here to help. Grown adults from the U.S. and Canada find themselves shaking in their boots or even angry when it comes to bargaining for goods in foreign countries. It’s safe to say that most Anglos find it distasteful, yet bargaining is inherent in many cultures around the world. Native peoples have d...Read More

The Best of Both Worlds

When one leaves the conventional working world behind to create a new lifestyle sans paycheck, often there can be different ideas of what that perfect path should look like. One spouse might want to travel while the other would prefer tending the roses or becoming more involved in the community. Holding these divergent views doesn’t have to m...Read More

Moving from ‘Stuck’ to a World of ‘Yes’

One of the conversations that Billy and I have often is how our chosen lifestyle makes us privy to opportunities. We remind ourselves that we take this vista of potential for granted much of the time. But every once in a while, it strikes us how circumstances can be rearranged in the most creative of ways to make a dreary life into one that is extr...Read More

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