Feeling a bit empty. Something missing. Life is passing you by. Traditional retirement sounds a bit boring?
Retired, bored, frustrated, looking for a little more, wanting to travel and see the world? Looking for something new but a bit fearful and not fully committed? Looking for sunnier or year round spring weather?
Let us help you unearth the many benefits of taking a chance. Satisfying your lust for life. Your inquisitiveness. Your open mindedness. Your interest in the world. Your desire to more than have a traditional retirement. Your sense of adventure. Being healthy and fit.
Your wanting to live a minimalistic but purposeful life.
Taking a chance is risky … as it's said "no pain no gain". But you can eliminate all pain by joining a community doing what you’re planning to do. A community that is willing and able to provide unbiased information and personal support.
There’ll be times you’ll ask “why am I doing this”. But there will be many more times you’ll ask “why didn’t I do this before” or “WOW! The world has so much to offer”.
You'll be faced with many naysayers ... family and friends who will question your sanity. Forget about the many negative articles you’ll come across or friends and family will gleefully expose you to ... projecting their own fears and preconceived opinions.
Listen to people who have done it. People who are living this lifestyle. Evaluate and make your own conclusions.
Roger (age 72) Patrick (age 69) and Patrick's wife Carol (age 62).
I was born and educated in UK and obtained a Higher National Certificate in Chemistry. I spent over 35 years in the textile and chemical industries in South Africa before taking early retirement in 2007.This coincided with the marriage of my daughter , the last child of three, and divorce from Sue.
So a complete reinvention took place, I completed a CELTA course which has enabled me to teach English as a foreign language ever since in South Africa, UK and the Philippines.
English as a foreign language ever since in South Africa, UK and the Philippines.
Teaching has enabled me to meet and make friends with many people from different countries and I get much satisfaction from seeing my students go from strength to strength in speaking English.
At the same time I have travelled extensively including treks to Everest base camp, Annapurna in Nepal and Namib Naukluft mountains in Namibia. I have done cycle tours around Sri Lanka , Laos and Cambodia. I enjoy cycling, gym, hiking, wildlife safaris, bird watching and generally being outdoors.
What I enjoy most about travelling is observing different cultures, lifestyles ,ways of life and in our trip around the world I want in particular to envisage whether I could eventually live in one or other of the countries.
I’m now heading towards 70. A “nevertiree who will eventually be benched by life. Passionate about learning and excited by all the change and opportunities available in the world today.
My career has been in two halves. After a 25-year corporate life I set out on my own and for the last 25 years or so I’ve been doing my own thing.
My corporate career was fun while it lasted ... with a series of new positions and challenges.
At age 42 the first of my major accident curved balls was thrown at me. I was involved in a multi vehicle accident with my car crushed under a fully loaded truck. I was entombed in the wreckage for over five and a half hours. While around me in the fiery mayhem eleven people died.
My recovery involved three months in hospital and a year of operations. During the long days and nights, I had many hours to think about my life and my future.
It was easy. I’d survived an accident in which I should have died. My successful, comfortable corporate career was over and I’d now venture out on my own.
WOW! This was an eye-popping experience! From corporate hero to independent zero!
So starting in 1993 I have been involved in establishing, buying, fixing up, working in and selling a number of small to medium sized businesses. An exciting and challenging journey with varying degrees of success. All with interesting stories and coincidences.
I’ve enjoyed the short-lived thrill of making money and the temporary anguish of losing it. The main lesson learned … it is easier to make money than to hang on to it!
This phase ended in March 2017 after a nearly four-year contract in the Philippines.
At age 59 I had my second serious accident … in a bicycle race. A clash of wheels. Me sprawled on the road in excruciating pain with a smashed pelvis. Recovery was slow … 3 weeks in hospital and 3 months on crutches.This marked the end of my cycle racing life.
Through these two incidents I understand the anguish of pain and disappointment but through these know the joy and reward of pushing through. I have realised the benefits of being fit and not giving up.
I still exercise regularly ... jogging, walking, body weight exercising and some yoga. Getting slower with age I’ve traded speed for enjoyment!