Since her early 20s, Joan Whyte has enjoyed buying and renovating houses in her home city of Calgary, Canada, with the view to rent them out. With the rise of property prices in the city she soon realized she could retire in her early 50s, thanks to the good rents pulled in by her three properties.
Lia Krantz was the only one in her family who was not into cooking. Her mother is a caterer, her brother owns a restaurant, and both sisters cook for large organizations.
Next month, for her 65th birthday, Karen Vrilakas is taking a trip to Morocco, Monaco, and India. "The great thing is, that when I return, I get to come back to my beautiful home in Ajijic," she says.