Akaisha’s World

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

5 Things You Can Do Now to Gain Control Over Your Future

No matter what goes on in the news, Washington or the world, to build a stable tomorrow, we must take control of our own lives. Even with all the current upheaval, here are five things you can do today to empower yourself. Track spending This is the number one most useful financial technique to implement today. Imagine if businesses did not track t...Read More

The Courage to Change

It’s a common theme. Much of the mail we get from our readers 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 every imagined need in the future....Read More

Recession Lessons for Your Grandkids

Take it as a gift. The days of being blissfully unaware of what something costs may be behind us, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you fell into the habit of showering your grandchildren with presents, you may find it’s harder to do when you’re anxious about keeping your job or about the state of your retirement funds. R...Read More

My Sister Is A Potted Plant

It was a major personal breakthrough. I’m the oldest of three girls born of the same parents and raised in the same Middle-of-America town. An adventurer by nature, I enjoy new ideas, different flavors, and meeting novel people. If there is an opportunity to learn, move forward with my life (and shed an old skin), or try out a different resta...Read More

What Is Wealth?

In 1988, when we were first contemplating leaving the traditional working world and replace it with a life of travel, wealth was described only in terms of having money and possessions. Our decision to create a lifestyle of our choice was met with controversy. Some friends and family disapproved, while others became angry or confused. In general th...Read More

Continuous Care: Opening Up the Conversation

Age related concerns According to Pew Research, approximately 10,000 Boomers turn 65 every day for the next 16 years. While being 65 isn’t necessarily old, questions about continuing care and assisted living seem to loom on the horizon more largely for us than before. Navigating through contracts, comparing the often nonrefundable hundreds-of...Read More

Continuous Care: Opening Up the Conversation

Age related concerns According to Pew Research, approximately 10,000 Boomers turn 65 every day for the next 16 years. While being 65 isn’t necessarily old, questions about continuing care and assisted living seem to loom on the horizon more largely for us than before. Navigating through contracts, comparing the often nonrefundable hundreds-of...Read More

Could You Become Car Free?

It wasn’t a decision we took lightly. In fact, Billy and I discussed the idea of becoming car-free for several years. There were good reasons to do it: no more maintenance and repair costs; no more fees for insurance, license plate renewal, or registration; no more fuel expense; and no more worry about storing the vehicle here in the States w...Read More

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