What if your retirement looked like this…
?We’re lying together in a hammock. The sun is shining brightly overhead, there’s a cool breeze, and I can hear the distant sounds of a carnival. Our garden is lush and full of blooming hibiscus and ginger plants. Our fountain gurgles and above us the banana leaves sway…?
Only a few months ago, this couple from New Orleans was buried under a mountain of past-due bills. ?We were slowly drowning,? says Rebecca T. Yet today she and her husband are free of the 50-hour work weeks…and the worry. In a good-value colonial city overseas, they rented a home for just $450 a month. That gave them the flexibility they needed to look for a place of their own. A few weeks in, they found it: A ?magnificent house?for just $150,000-a place they transformed into a B&B that provides them both activity and income…
And they’re just one couple among tens of thousands who-faced with an uncertain (or downright grim) lifestyle at home-have traded up overseas.
?Living in California, we were spoiled by the warm climate and beautiful beaches,? says Patricia F. ?Retirement would-or should-have given us time to enjoy all that more fully. And yet we had no realistic chance of retiring anywhere near a beach in California.?
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