There’s a mix of ages here on these boards, but there are quite a few of us in our 50’s. Retirement isn’t that far off for some of us, and for others you probably have thought about it a bit.
So what do people want to do when they give up the day job? Finally work on that Steam backlog? Work past 65 or 67? Retire and then what?
What we (girlfriend and I) want to do is sell the house and then rent and be gypsies for 4-6 years or more, depending on health, and live in Europe and maybe Asia a bit, see the world, experience different cultures. I think our first stop may be Italy, somewhere in Florence, so we can soak up the art and culture. We’d rent an apartment for 6-12 months and be Florentines and otherwise use it as a staging base for trips to other parts of Europe.
We’d also like to live in Scotland or Ireland for six months or so too. Maybe somewhere in France. The girlfriend also would like to live in Thailand for a bit. New Zealand seems cool to us too – her mom was from there so she can get dual citizenship I think. I could settle down to be a hobbit there.
I don’t want to abandon the US but both of us are very tired of all the shootings and the shift of power to the wealthy, right-wingers. We don’t expect that to change. If we do sell the house we might very well become ex-pats other than visits.
Other than the cold weather Toronto seems like a really nice place to live once we want to settle down. Maybe we could be exotic snowbirds and live in Toronto part of the year and Italy the other part of the year?
There was a time when talking about retirement plans would have made me feel old and unhappy, but I’m over that. I am looking forward now to giving up the day job. How about you?