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Wow – Your Bucket Lists Are Amazing!

Category: Adventurous retirement

August 21, 2012 — You name the activity – from skydiving to learning how to play chess – there is somebody from the Topretirements.com community who wants to do it in their retirement. Ditto for travel – From cruising to Antarctica to taking a train ride across Canada or Europe.

The results are in from last week’s poll, with 215 people taking the time to share part or all of their bucket lists with us. We are so excited about your plans – what you folks are planning on doing couldn’t be more interesting!

Here in this article we will share (more…)

Posted by John Brady on August 21st, 2012

How to Choose A Specialty Cruise? Tips From an Experienced Cruiser

Category: Adventurous retirement

May 21, 2012 — So you’ve decided to take a cruise. It’s such a marvelous way to travel, especially once you are retired and have the time to enjoy a great vacation. But, with so many choices, how should one go about deciding a cruise that suits your particular interests?  Our first article on cruising provided general tips.  Now, we will focus on the myriad of specialty or “theme” cruises that are available.  These articles are by Patricia Kennedy who has taken and thoroughly enjoyed many cruises all over the world. If you want to share your cruising experience post a Comment to this article.

Start With Some Advice
Truly, there is a cruise for everyone. Before you zero in on a specific option, consider talking to a travel consultant with real expertise in cruising. Why? According to Steve Tanzer at OurCruiseAgent, a CLIA accredited cruise expert who has taken 60 cruises himself, “You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. (more…)

Posted by Admin on June 1st, 2012

Here’s a Guy Who Really Likes to Drive – More than 100,000 Miles Per Year

Category: Adventurous retirement

Arthur “Skip” Budge retired from the Plymouth, MA Police Department about five years ago. He now drives cars to vacation homes for his many clients. It’s a “sweet life” says Budge.  His story is the latest in our series of interesting baby boomer profiles as told to Patricia Kennedy. If you know a boomer retirement we should know about tell us via the Contact Us link.

I retired after twenty-eight years on the Plymouth, MA police force.  Being a police officer was a great career, but I started on the force when I was twenty years old and it was all I knew.  I really wanted time to travel and take advantage of opportunities to experience how other people live.  I never realized just how much my world was going to expand and how much I would love my new freedom.

My wife and I decided that it was going to be OK to take my pension and retire.  But I learned pretty quickly that I wouldn’t be satisfied just sitting around with nothing set to do, and that we really needed the extra dollars to supplement my pension.  Before the first year was out, I agreed to drive some friends’ cars back and forth to Florida –for something to do and to earn those extra dollars. (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 3rd, 2012

Planning a Retirement Cruise? Top Ten Tips From an Experienced Cruiser

Category: Adventurous retirement

April 30, 2012 — Wow.  There is just so much to learn about taking a cruise that it is hard to know where to start. Here is the first of a series of articles about cruising that we hope will help you sort through the many first-questions you need to address.  We start here with general tips, Part 2 covers more specific types of cruises.  These articles are by Patricia Kennedy who has taken and thoroughly enjoyed many cruises all over the world. If you want to share your cruising experience, contact us via the Contact Us link, or post a Comment to this article.

One of the first things many folks do when they retire is plan a great vacation. Now that you have time to travel, cruising offers you world-wide options.

Finding a cruise that you will enjoy shouldn’t be difficult, since the cruise industry operates on a simple, but inspired, strategy of offering something for everyone. The harder initial decision is deciding upon the specific itinerary, the type of cruise, and size of the ship that floats your boat – so to speak.

An ocean voyage across the Atlantic? A cruise that circumnavigates New Zealand? A riverboat down the Mississippi? As long as there is (more…)

Posted by Admin on April 30th, 2012

What Do Skiing, Rotary and Guatemala Have in Common for this Colorado Retiree?

Category: Adventurous retirement

Mary Anne Johnston is a retired educator who found an outlet for her interest in promoting literacy with Rotary International– in Colorado and Guatemala. Her story is the latest in our series of interesting baby boomer profiles. Here is her story as told to Patricia Kennedy. If you know a boomer retirement we should know about tell us via the Contact Us link.

As we began to transition into retirement, my husband and I moved to Colorado from Connecticut. An active outdoor life is important to both of us, so Colorado was an ideal location. We both enjoy the beautiful trails, scenery and the many skiing options. I don’t downhill ski anymore (more…)

Posted by Admin on April 17th, 2012

Living the Cowboy Life in Retirement

Category: Adventurous retirement

Tom Nee’s love of riding his horse and getting paid to do so is the latest in our series of interesting baby boomer profiles.  Here is his story as told to Patricia Kennedy.   If you know a boomer retirement we should know about tell us via the Contact Us link.

I am officially retired now, but still work the calf and yearling sales at the Green City, Missouri Livestock Market. The best thing about this work is that I am paid to use a horse. I have used other horses, but now I use Rooster, a bay roan Quarter Horse that I pasture for a neighbor.

Although I was raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri, I’ve been working around cattle and horses all my life. My wife Jean and I have ranched in southern Missouri, managed ranches in NW and NC Missouri and in 2006 I retired from the United States Department of Agriculture as the Executive Director of Grundy County, Missouri Farm Service Agency Office. In that job I oversaw USDA agriculture payment programs — grain loans, Conservation Reserve Program payments, low-interest loans to replace essential buildings destroyed in a storm.

Now, with the help of Rooster, I work with a team of other horsemen as we move cattle from one holding-pen to another on sale days. On the day the embedded pictures were taken, the market (more…)

Posted by Admin on March 24th, 2012

Scuba Diving Passion Leads to Marine Environment Retirement Work

Category: Adventurous retirement

How Don Stark turned a passion for diving into a major retirement activity is the latest in our series of interesting baby boomer profiles.  Here is his story as told to Patricia Kennedy.   If you know a boomer retirement we should know about tell us via the Contact Us link.

I went to college thinking that I wanted to be a pharmacist because that would be a good way to own my own business.  By the time I graduated, chain pharmacies were taking over.  After college, I did work – for a short time — for one of those mega-chains, decided I didn’t like it, and headed off to graduate school.  Eventually, I became a business development consultant for pharmaceutical and biotech companies specializing in oncology.  I still do projects for a couple of clients, but no longer reach out to develop new business.

Initial Plans for Retirement
In the early 90s, I friend introduced me to scuba diving which has been my passion ever since.  My wife and I now spend about half the year in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.  The rest of the year we’re in Burlington, Vermont.

With a partner I direct the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund (www.tcreef.org), a non-profit organization to help protect the marine environment in the Turks and Caicos.  We only started two years ago,  (more…)

Posted by Admin on March 17th, 2012

Retirement Planners Par Excellence: Exhaustive Search Lands the Hinands at the Perfect Non-Profit CCRC

Category: Adventurous retirement

This is the latest in our series exploring different retirement lifestyles.  Here is where you can find more retirement profiles. If you know a boomer retirement we should learn about use the Contact Us link to tell us about it.

Of all of the people we have interviewed in this series of adventurous retirements, Gail and Allen Hinand win the prize for putting the most thought and preparation into retirement. Their search led/took them from Boston to San Francisco, Key West, and  (eventually) Claremont (California) in pursuit of a multi-phase retirement  – one that would work from early retirement to old age. As you will see, this planning has paid off to give them a rich and rewarding life for their post-working years.

What they did
The couple grew up in the West; Allen in Montana and Gail in Washington State. They  went to college in (more…)

Posted by Admin on March 9th, 2012

Living the Dream: This Baby Boomer is Making Award-Winning Wines in the Napa Valley

Category: Adventurous retirement

Note: This is the latest in our series of interesting baby boomer profiles. Our goal is to portray a variety of active baby boomer retirement lifestyles for our members. If you know a boomer retirement we should know about tell us via the Contact Us link.

Amelia Ceja is President of Ceja Vineyards, which Inc. Magazine named “Entrepreneur of the Year” (one of 7) in 2004. She and her husband Pedro are hard-working people. After talking with them for just a short time it is easy to see why their perfect idea of retirement is to just keep doing what they love doing – growing grapes and making wine in the Napa Valley. We think you will enjoy the story of these successful baby boomers and how they are living their dream retirement.

What Amelia Did Before Retirement
Amelia emigrated to the USA from Mexico at age 12. Her parents worked in the California grape industry. Growing up Amelia also worked in the vineyards as a child and during summers in college. After attending (more…)

Posted by John Brady on February 14th, 2012

Why The Villages is the Best Place to Retire for Len and Ann

Category: Active adult communities

Note: This is the latest in our series of adventurous retiree profiles Our goal is to portray a variety of active baby boomer retirement lifestyles for our members. If you know a boomer retirement we should know about tell us via the Contact Us link.

Len and Ann are the kind of people that don’t like to stand still. And that’s a trait which perfectly qualifies them to be residents of The Villages, that giant, non-stop fun active community of 100,000 people near Ocala, Florida. Here is their story – we hope you find it useful to learn more about how they came about deciding to living here, and what it is really like to live in The Villages.
UPS in the Villages

What They Did Before Retirement
Len had a long career as an IT guy at SNET, the former (more…)

Posted by John Brady on January 17th, 2012