Hunting For A Retirement Haven

Having left his high-pressure position in a mining company in South Africa, Jack Taylor, 53, was looking forward to his retirement. He pictured himself living on a golf estate, enjoying a relaxed and comfortable lifestyle. “I went to an estate on Bribie Island in Queensland and it was terrific,” says Jack, “but I felt about 15-20 years too young. It just wasn’t right for me.”...

Train Rides, Royal Resorts and Island Adventures

Okay, I admit it. I was naïve. I thought that when Michael and I told our nearest and dearest our plan to pack up our lives in Australia and take off overseas, that they’d be excited too. Possibly even do a big happy dance for us. After all, tossing the company suit 15 years before official retirement age and buying a one-way ticket to Thailand...

Everyday Adventures in Thailand

It’s Friday, the cleaner has arrived and we head out for the afternoon. It’s a glorious day, after an afternoon storm yesterday. The sky is a beautiful blue with wispy clouds, it’s warm and I feel the day beckoning us to get out and enjoy it. We head down our soi (street) and ponder which way to go. Logic tells us to take a left to town and do the few errands on our list. Or do we take a right and who knows…

Fun, Freedom & Adventure: Welcome to Hua Hin

Having lived in Australia all my life—and with a passion for the great outdoors—I pictured myself, when I finally got to retirement, as a grey nomad cruising the roads, stopping for ‘sundowners’ with other campers and, you know, in bed by 9 p.m. I just hoped I could survive the world of work and manage to stay fit and healthy so that when I hit 65 I could pack up the camp trailer and hit the road.

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