August 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm #5900Bruce & LoriParticipant
Retired at 54 due to restructuring at work. Certainly earlier than I planned but don’t miss work. 36 yrs was enough. Do miss the people though. DW retired this year and am looking forward to our 1st yr as snowbirds. Many people work hard, die young and never get to enjoy the fruits of their labours. I look around and see parts of our house that we never use and stuff piled in closets that haven’t been touched for years. I know we can live with less and in the next few years we will be downsizing .
There is a great big world out there to explore. Get out there and see it.August 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm #5905
We do travel about 3-4 times year and I travel blog my trips on my One Income Dollar site.
We t least need to pay off the mortgage and truck before he leaves- 2 more years min…I hate the long winters- am at my breaking point…August 30, 2014 at 5:39 am #5906AnonymousInactive
What you say is so true, my husband is now disabled and I will doing early retirement next year. Paying off the cards and the car. We made our decision so that we could see some of the country and enjoy our time together before his disease left him unable to. Yes I will be taking a hit to my retirement but I just want to enjoy the time with him. We have been married for 33 years and we want to have a retirement together. We all have make the choices that are best suited to us :yes:August 30, 2014 at 9:25 am #5907RayKeymaster
I don’t think I will ever retire as long as my health is good, I’m sure I’ll always have some type of little business going on, which will likely be a necessity the way the governments are eating up the money. Anne and I are building location independent businesses that will support us now and into the later years and allow us to travel where and when we like. We aren’t counting on the retirement pensions and benefits to be there. If they are then that’s gravy.
I’ve always traded freedom and doing something I enjoy over making more money at a job I really didn’t like and where someone else controls things. I’ve always been sort of a minimalist and that works out really well in the RV lifestyle.August 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm #5912
[quote quote=5906]Bruce, What you say is so true, my husband is now disabled and I will doing early retirement next year. Paying off the cards and the car. We made our decision so that we could see some of the country and enjoy our time together before his disease left him unable to. Yes I will be taking a hit to my retirement but I just want to enjoy the time with him. We have been married for 33 years and we want to have a retirement together. We all have make the choices that are best suited to us [/quote]
I think you’ve made the right decision :good:August 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm #5916
What did you say you did for work while you travel again? And you just put up a sign and people come to you? But did you retire early from a 9-5 job?September 1, 2014 at 8:56 am #5925
We retired in 2010 just shy of 55. I had worked at the same job for 37 1/2 years and Dianne 35 years. We had actually planned this lifestyle for 27 years. I had always felt that there are no guaranties in life as far as health and mortality so let’s get out and do as much as we can as long as we can. Already 4 of our friends in their 50’s have passed away! Sure…if we delayed retirement another 5 or 10 years we would have more money in the bank, but would we both be healthy or alive, able or capable of doing what we’ve already accomplished. We have seen more and met more fantastic people in the last 4 plus years then most people will in a lifetime of vacations!
It was such a liberating feeling getting rid of the house and all of the “stuff” we spent our whole life’s collecting. We only kept family photos.
Cheers!September 1, 2014 at 9:01 am #5926
That is a long time in for both of you. I am a stay at home- health issue prevent me form working outside home- and Gerry has 3 1/2 years left. We are giving it our all to pay off the last few things, get this new RV picked up hopefully this week as well- anxious to make it ours. We would keep the home we have here though- parents still here and arent ready to totally leave. We have our dog Jakey too- seem to be alot that travel with pets yes?September 1, 2014 at 9:46 am #5927
I would say that the majority of people we’ve met have pets. We chose not to. Dianne loves dogs so eventually we’ll probably get one when we slow down.
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