Dave Hughes: Is Your Retirement a Destination, or a Journey?

Dave Hughes

Editor’s note: I’m very pleased to be able to once again share Dave Hughes’ outstanding columns and advice on retiring and retirement. You can read his previous columns on LGBTSR here. – Mark

By Dave Hughes
Retirefabulously.com

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote, “Life is a journey, not a destination” has been appropriated and adapted for many purposes, and it definitely applies to retirement. Retirement is a part of life, after all.

If you’re like many people, throughout your working years you have probably viewed your retirement as a destination. For decades, it was a goal you saved for and hoped to reach one day. But once you achieve this goal, then what? Is that all?

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Dave Huges on Retirement: 4 Reasons Why I Won’t Be Moving to a 55+ Active Adult Community

Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes

By Dave Hughes, RetireFabulously.com

When you think about what type of community you plan to live after you retire, what comes to mind?

Are you giving serious consideration to living in an age-restricted 55+ active adult community?

Chances are, the younger you are today, the less likely you are to choose such a community after you retire.

As I write this, I am 59 and my husband is 57. We have no desire to move to one of these communities.

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Dave Hughes On Retirement: Congratulations! You’re retired! … Now What?

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Dave Hughes

By Dave Hughes
Retire Fabulously!

It’s not news to anyone that the people in the Baby Boomer generation, currently aged 52 to 70, are leaving the workforce and entering their retirement years in larger numbers than ever before. An estimated 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States every day.

Among my circle of friends and former co-workers, I am seeing a dramatic increase in the number of people entering retirement. Many have been tempted by enticing early retirement incentives; some have been given the message that they really should take them. It’s as if they are being told, “Here, let me help you pack up your office. I’ll hold the door open for you!”

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Retire Fabulously! Celebrates Three Years with New Content and a Book Sale

Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes

This just in from friend and lgbtSr contributor Dave Hughes at RetireFabulously.com, the best retirement advice on the internet:

You have probably noticed that I haven’t posted anything new for almost three months. There are a couple of reasons for this.

In addition to writing articles for this website, I am a wedding officiant and a jazz trombonist. During April, May, and June I officiated 24 weddings, and I played in seven performances for the four ensembles I am a member of, along with all the rehearsals leading up to those gigs.

As you can see, I’ve been pretty busy. I’m definitely enjoying my retirement!

But I’m back now, with renewed energy to pick up where I left off! My latest article is here.

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Ten Great International Retirement Destinations

Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes

By Dave Hughes, RetireFabulously.com

Do you want to fill your retirement years with the adventure that comes from discovering and experiencing new places?

Are you looking for a place to live where your retirement savings will stretch further?

Or maybe you are formulating an escape plan in the event your least favorite candidate makes it into the White House.

Whatever the reason, if you are considering retiring to another country, or even if you are just intrigued with the possibility, here are ten places you may wish to consider.

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34 Tips for Enjoying Life on a Limited Income

Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes

By Dave Hughes, RetireFabulously.com

Are you concerned about having enough money to enjoy a satisfying retirement?

At a more basic level, are you worried about having enough money to survive during retirement?

If so, you are not alone. Having enough money is the single biggest concern of most retirees.

When new people subscribe to Retire Fabulously!, I ask what their most pressing concern is. “Having enough money” is, by far, the number one concern.

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34 Tips for Enjoying Life on a Limited Income

Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes

By Dave Hughes, RetireFabulously.com

Are you concerned about having enough money to enjoy a satisfying retirement?

At a more basic level, are you worried about having enough money to survive during retirement?

If so, you are not alone. Having enough money is the single biggest concern of most retirees.

When new people subscribe to Retire Fabulously!, I ask what their most pressing concern is. “Having enough money” is, by far, the number one concern.

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Fabulous Places to Retire: Colombia

Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes

By Dave Hughes, RetireFabulously.com

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Colombia?

I’ll be honest. Up until recently, the first thing I thought of was drug cartels – cartels so prominent that they were named after major cities such as Medellin and Cali. Just two decades ago, Colombia was a dangerous, lawless country overrun by crime.

That has changed. While there is still a drug industry in Colombia (there’s a drug industry in the United States too, if you hadn’t noticed), the government has made great strides with keeping it in check, and the decades-long civil conflict between the government and leftist and right-wing rebel groups appears to be coming to an end. (More on this later.)

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