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By Patrick | Central America

 

by Pierre Philippe
(Cahors, France)

Central America: Panama may be the best; Equator: High risk of becoming an hostage; Costa Rica: I was told that a national could take you house if you are abscent for too long! Brazil may be ok but I rather prefer Chile. Argentina: unsecurity growing; all Africa: I would not take a single chance.
Finally South East Asia is the best place if you can handle the climate. For me the best place is the USA, Georgia or Central Florida, but for a French National the entry fees is about 1Mio$, so I am in France much cheaper but lousy weather.

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USA and Asia

By Patrick | Best Places to Retire

 

by Pierre Philippe
(Cahors, France)

For me the best place to retire is USA, south, Georgia or central Florida. The problem: I am French, wealthy but not rich enough to pay 1Mio$ entry fees!!!Asia is a very good place, more freindly to retirees but the weather is too hot and humid for old man. Consequently I live in France, but the weather is far from good and contrarily to all new countries, the immigration is low level, not under control and becoming dangerous.
If you have a better idea, let me know

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Retire to an RV

By Patrick | Alternate Retirement Choices

We are fulltime RVers who began our RV life 5 years ago while still working in corporate America. Our names are Jose and Jill, ages 60 and 55.

The start of our RV life was not the typical picture of RVing. We didn’t head to Florida in December for sunshine and palm trees. Instead, we returned from Florida to New Jersey, where we spent the winter in our new RV.

We moved from a two story townhouse complete with basement and a two car garage… into our 40 foot-long motorhome. We continued to work for a while and adjusted to RV living. We are still thrilled that we made the move.

We first got intrigued with the idea of RVing because we wanted to travel and to see the USA and beyond. We couldn’t see ourselves staying in one place watching the grass grow. We prefer to see the grass in different communities across the USA. We wanted to see different landscapes, and small towns and farm country. National Parks, State Fairs and local festivals.

We weren’t interested in accumulating more stuff or a fancier house. We wanted a more adventuresome lifestyle. We knew we could continue our interests in golf, bicycling, hiking and line dancing wherever we went, and that it would be even more fun to do these things in different parts of the country.

We did a lot of research for a number of years before we became RVers. We researched RV living. We went to RV shows and dealers. We read books about fulltiming. We learned about the different aspects of operating an RV. We talked to RV owners. We kept reading and looking and narrowed down our preferences.

We gave a lot of consideration to the lifestyle itself. We knew we could live in a much smaller space. We were pretty sure we could live together in close quarters – even when we retired from corporate life. We shared the same interests and spent most of our time together anyway.

And we were sick of working in our traditional corporate jobs. Neither one of us planned to work to full retirement age – far from it. Not being made of money, we made the decision that we would rather spend less and live more. We accepted that we would have to pinch some pennies and probably work part time along the way. We consider ourselves to be pretty resilient and industrious people, and decided to get on with our dream.

Over the years we have enjoyed the travels and the everyday living and the wonderful people we meet. We keep learning as we go along on our journey. And we have found ways to make a few bucks while we travel. We started a website. We pick up seasonal jobs as workamers. There are plenty of opportunities out there to supplement your income while traveling.
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Gibsons, BC

By Patrick | Best Places to Retire

by Audrey
(Gibsons BC)

Gibsons Harbour

Ever since I came here as a young child in 1956, Gibsons has been a good place to retire. In those days, it was pretty remote. My parents didn’t even know where it was when my dad was posted here.

Then came The Beachcombers, a highly popular TV show, that let the world know just how gorgeous Gibsons really is. Things have never been the same. At first the cast and crew looked for rental accommodation. Then they decided this was heaven and they bought property. That started a real estate feeding frenzy.

Even so, this is still a relatively quiet spot. We are separated from the lower mainland of British Columbia by very impassable rocky terrain so we have to take a ferry or fly in and out. Most of us take the ferry.

I recently met someone who lives here and hates it. I asked him why, and he told me that he couldn’t buy a Coke at midnight. Two days later I noticed that both Wendy’s and McDonald’s, both of which sell Coke, are now open 24 hours, so I guess he must have some other complaint. I have to go to Vancouver for women’s shoes, but I can get pretty much everything else I need here.

It’s cheaper to live here than it is in Vancouver, and a little more expensive than some other places in BC.

But for pure beauty it can’t be beat. The arts community is vibrant. There really is a lot to do.

And if you want a Coke at midnight, you can have that, too.

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