Akaisha’s World

A Haunted House Sit!

So there I was, in the kitchen of a beautiful home just outside Antigua, Guatemala, speaking to a ghost. After weeks of unexplained events “ radios turning on and off by themselves, an intolerable sense of sadness in certain rooms, and a sudden chill when walking between the living and dining rooms, it was what my husband shared with me that finall...Read More

Retirement Plan in Tatters

Recently, we read a New York Times article by Joe Nocera called My Faith-Based Retirement http://www.nytimes.com/2012/ 04/28/opinion/nocera-my-faith- based-retirement.html . It was a cheerless piece detailing the failure of 401k’s as an investment vehicle, the decline of pensions, the lack of employer-sponsored healthcare benefit plans and th...Read More

Finding the Perfect Fit for a Volunteer Experience

If you fear being bored or worry what you’ll do once retired, volunteering your time could be the best thing that ever happened to you. Your life experiences or professional training could be a perfect fit to mentor, transform public education, implement clean water projects or build houses in developing nations. If you have ever considered v...Read More

Listening with Passion

Change requires listening with same level of passion that we feel when we speak. Harriet Lerner Recently I was chatting with Sharon about how a satisfying friendship of hers had turned sour. We had lots in common and the relationship filled the holes in my marriage that only girlfriends can do, she explained. I looked forward to years of sharing....Read More

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

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