How I Bag Free Trips and Fun Adventures From Blogging

How I Bag Free Trips and Fun Adventures From Blogging

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October 29, 2019

When I first started my travel blog, I had no idea that travel writers often receive free trips. But in just the second year of my blog I was invited on 15, and I only had to pay for transportation to the destinations. All of these comped stays were within the region where I live, but most were in cities I had never visited before...

I Find Endless Inspiration for My Freelance Writing in Culture-Rich Florence

I Find Endless Inspiration for My Freelance Writing in Culture-Rich Florence

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October 27, 2019

In this city, I have found freelance writing to be my career and through my writing and research behind my stories, I uncover a new side of Florence, and of Tuscany, almost every week. The emotions behind life here—the true realness of how life can be lived here—the focus is on family, on food, on taking time to enjoy everything. Here, all are human first, and that is where life differs from the States.

Why 57% of People Make the Wrong Call on When to Take Social Security

Why 57% of People Make the Wrong Call on When to Take Social Security

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October 25, 2019

Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration announced that retirees collecting Social Security checks will see a 1.6% cost of living adjustment going into 2020. You can do way better. Here's the deal (and you probably already know this): Every year you hold off on claiming Social Security, you get a guaranteed 8% increase in the payment you ultimately receive.

Slow-Paced Italy Is the Perfect Place to Turn Your Passion Into a Money Spinner

Slow-Paced Italy Is the Perfect Place to Turn Your Passion Into a Money Spinner

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October 23, 2019

Since my wife, Shonna, and I moved to Rieti, Italy, two years ago, the single biggest change has been in the slower pace of our lives. A slow pace of life is at the heart of Italian culture, as spotlighted by the closing of shops for pranzo (lunch), and people’s commitment to putting family first. Read more...: Slow-Paced Italy Is the Perfect Place to Turn Your Passion Into a Money Spinner

How A Classic Coin Collection Can Fund Your Retirement

How A Classic Coin Collection Can Fund Your Retirement

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October 18, 2019

A window display in a coin shop I passed recently grabbed my attention…a lovely, 1911 U.S. $5 Indian Head gold piece calling out to me from a small velvet tray. It was in excellent condition. Lustrous; the details of its design well defined. So, I popped in on a whim and brought it home.

4 Reasons Why Freelancing Is the Solution Boomers Are Searching For

4 Reasons Why Freelancing Is the Solution Boomers Are Searching For

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October 5, 2019

Baby boomers, in particular, are discovering that through freelancing, they can retire early, supplement their pensions and Social Security, and fund go-anywhere lifestyles. Patty lists four reasons why freelancing holds the key to a freer, richer, more rewarding life.