A lot of Baby Boomers think that working over the internet means you have to be a technology wiz. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. There are literally hundreds of thousands of non-technical mini-jobs and work assignments posted on the internet every day.
Ten months ago my husband Tom and I moved to the Yucatan Peninsula on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. We chose a house that sits on a beach overlooking a local fishing pier, where each morning we watch the fishermen catching bait in their nets before they head out to sea in their pangas (fishing boats).
One of the great things about my job is that I get to travel around the world while doing it. Along the way, I speak with many Baby Boomers looking to supplement their retirement with an income that can help them maintain a satisfying and enjoyable lifestyle, while giving them the freedom to travel.
I've been indulging my passion for travel quite a bit this year. I spent two months in Rome, soaking up the culture of the Italian capital before setting off to explore Venice, with its maze-like alleyways and fantastical mask shops.
I'm quite open regarding how I feel about Grace. It felt like I was hit by a thunderbolt the first time I saw her. The good news is my wife, Judy, has no problem with my infatuation. You see, the object of my passion is Grace Bay Beach on the Turks and Caicos Island of Providenciales.
Most mornings, I stroll over to a nearby bakery to buy half a dozen traditional panes de ripacha. These small triangular shaped breads have been made using the same recipes and stone ovens in Arequipa for over 150 years. They are only one of many traditions that have been kept alive in this bustling southern Peru city for the last few centuries.
For most of us Baby Boomers, our career was intense, long hours with lots of meetings, some bad bosses, and some tough economic times. So when you transition to a post-career income (whether it's to fund your retirement or just to earn some extra spending money), you want to avoid all those things you weren't so crazy about during your career.
What I love about what I do is that I can work from home. Or, really, I can work anywhere there is an internet connection. I don't have to commute. I have the freedom to be anywhere in the world. For the past seven years, home has been the small town of Atenas in Costa Rica's Central Valley. Although in all, I've been living in Costa Rica about 18 years.
Humans have been running around this planet for approximately 400,000 years. But Baby Boomers are the first generation of people who, as a group, will be living 20 to 30 years into their "retirement." And not just "living" but living healthier and more active lives thanks to medical science and the rapid pace of innovation in successful ageing.
It's been 10 years since I came to Mexico City. I never planned on making it my home but after only a few short months, I had fallen for this chaotically romantic and endlessly surprising city. Living in the United States, nothing depressed me more than having to get into my car and drive out to a strip mall to eat Japanese food, or buy toilet paper, or get my haircut.