A New, Rewarding Life
By Tom (“T. L.”) Linskey with questions from Topretirements
At first, it didn’t sink in. Even though Harriet and I were sailing our new 46-foot sailboat, Hands Across the Sea, a Dolphin 460 catamaran, on the Rio Paragaucu in northeastern Brazil, it hadn’t sunk in that we’d made it—that we’d successfully made the leap from the working life to retirement life.
In the space of a single year back in 2007 we’d wrapped up our careers, sold our home in Massachusetts, stored our possessions, sold our cars, found a home for our cat, worked with our Brazilian boatbuilder to customize our new boat, and bought a boatload of equipment from solar panels to a watermaker, to go with it. It felt like a miracle how quickly the trappings of suburbia—home insurance, property taxes, traffic, mowing the lawn, blizzards, consumerism, the roar of media, the neighbors’ barking dogs at midnight—fell away astern. We were just as astonished by what was ahead—a second life with an open horizon, promising equal measures of freedom and (more…)
Posted by Admin on August 23rd, 2011
Active adult communities
August 19, 2011 — You are in the active adult community’s sales office, pen in hand and ready to sign. You’ve toured multiple active communities and you just know this is the one. The unit you’ve fallen for is just being framed now; there is still time to put some custom touches in, like built-ins for the room you would rather have as an office than bedroom. All the amenities are right, and so is the price. This could just the moment when panic might set in – “why am I buying a new unit in this new community when right down the road I could pick up a comparable unit (albeit with a few miles on it) in a community that’s been around for 10 years or so.” A similar, but less complex conundrum is whether to buy new or used in the same community.
This article will explore the former question- are you better off buying a home in a new development or (more…)
Posted by John Brady on August 20th, 2011
August 17, 2011 — If exploring charming villages or savoring the beautiful countryside appeals to you, one of the best ways to experience these pleasures is… on a bike. Your Topretirements editor and wife Roberta are just back from a wonderful biking trip along the Danube in Hungary and Slovakia. Although there a quite a few choices in biking tours, including a self-tour, we chose VBT for ours. Some other choices include the more expensive Butterfield and Robinson, Euro-bike, and Backroads.
Whether you are retired already or just thinking about it, bike trips or other active tours are a great way to explore new territory and relax. This short article will give you an idea of what the experience is like in case you are considering one. For those to whom cycling seems a bit too adventurous, there are also walking tours, wine and food tasting tours, and barge tours. For those who crave more excitement there are options like kayaking, fishing, backpacking, and float trips.
The beauty of using a tour company vs. a self-guided tour is that (more…)
Posted by John Brady on August 17th, 2011
Active adult communities
August 16, 2011 — As a followup to last week’s article on the “10 Worst Retirement Mistakes“, our faithful member OldNassau just brought an incredibly interesting article to our attention. “Toby is Moving to Tidelands Condominiums: Anatomy of a Real Estate Decision” outlines the detailed reasons why Toby, a realtor in the Palm Coast (FL) area, recently downsized and purchased a short-sale condominium in Tidelands there. We think you will find it useful, particularly (more…)
Posted by John Brady on August 16th, 2011
General Retirement Issues
August 6, 2011 — (Note: This is a 3 part series. See links to Parts 2 and 3 in the “Further Reading” section at end). The most beautiful thing about retirement is that is the perfect moment to reinvent yourself. The kids are grown, your mortgage might be paid, your fight up the career ladder is behind you. It’s a “do-over”, now you are free to do anything you want to, an amazing opportunity! You are only limited by your imagination and your resources (and the former can help with the latter).
To help you maximize this unique chance to start life all over again, here is our list of the 10 worst retirement mistakes you can make. We hope you will keep them in mind so that your reinvention comes off without a hitch. And if you have your own mistakes or success strategies to add, please let us know in the Comments section.
Worst Retirement Mistakes
1. Start planning your retirement the day after you retire. That’s too late. Smart (more…)
Posted by John Brady on August 6th, 2011
Active adult communities
August 2, 2011 — Note: We updated this list in 2012 and 2013. See “Surprises Galore: Our 2013 List of Most Popular Active Adult Communities“. The Sun Belt and Delaware are where it’s at when it comes to popular active adult communities. That’s what we found in our new list of the most popular active adult communities for 2011. The only places outside of the sun belt to have communities on the list were Delaware which had 12 communities on the top 100 this year (up from 5 in 2010); The Village at Penn State in State College, PA.; and Sage Village in Boulder, CO. In an attempt to open it up and introduce more variety this year, we increased the list from 50 to 100. As in the past, the Sun Belt achieved near total domination over its colder brethren.
Florida, the runaway favorite, topped the 2011 list with an astonishing 40 communities. Arizona followed Delaware with 11 communities, and then North Carolina, which had with 10. South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia also had good representation.
We take several conclusions away from these results: (more…)
Posted by John Brady on August 1st, 2011