What is Roving Retirement?

What does roving retirement mean? What are we planning to do?

A growing number of people of all ages are becoming digital nomads. Roaming the world and working remotely.

A few months in Bali, off to Vietnam, a month in Medellin and then to Spain. Whilst this trend is dominated by younger people this inviting lifestyle is now becoming an attractive option for older folk.

With me aged 69, my wife aged 63 and a friend aged 72 we are firmly in the “older folk” group. Driven by the definition of roving as “a journey, especially one with no specific destination; an act of wandering” or “wander over or through (a place)”.

Our place is the world. And our initial wander will be a yearlong trip around the world. We do have some specific destinations but the journey will be driven by a sense of adventure.

Over time the rove will change. Based on factors, like cash, health and enjoyment, it may end up as something quite different from our initial plan.

As these ideas and plans change we will share them with you. If you have any ideas, suggestions or recommendations we’d welcome them.

Over the last few years a traditional retirement has become less and less common. A “new age” retirement often includes some form of income producing “work”. So to simplify the understanding in roving retirement, it is the period in one's life where one has more freedom and isn’t tied to one location.

This site is for people who wish to travel and live in different countries or are interested in following this lifestyle ... or anyone who just want to armchair travel. Traveling the world in “retirement” is not the sole privilege of the rich. Anyone can experience the world. Broadening your experiences of places and cultures.

A quote that I love is very relevant here “if you want to do something you'll find the reasons to do it … if you don't want to do it you'll find excuses

The world is full of interesting and exciting places to see and things to do. So why plan a retirement in only one?

Almost everyone loves the freedom of travel, seeing new things and meeting new people. Why not do it all the time?

To begin our roving retirement, we are planning a one-year trip around the world. To explore and investigate without an agenda the positives and negatives of some of the places we visit.

We will share our itinerary and you have an open invitation to join us at any point.

Our plan is to do it on a budget. It will not be a backpacker, couch surfing and hostel tour ... nor will it be a 5-star luxury trip. It will be middle-of-the-road travel. Using accommodation options like friends, family, AirBnB and if any opportunities come up, housesitting.

We will write about all the steps that we take, all the resources that we use, all the things that work and don't work. We invite you to join our tribe and use this information to either become the roving retiree ... or just for your travels.

Get our latest progress and news as we rove the world!

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