Intentionally Minimalist Retirement
Apr07

Intentionally Minimalist Retirement

Just before I retired in 2011 I sold almost everything I owned. It wasn’t because money was tight, but because I wanted to spend my life as an adventure, traveling the world, pursuing my passions of writing and photography, most of the things I owned weren’t going to fit into that lifestyle. I didn’t intend to become a “minimalist”, but I wanted to make the most of my retirement and it was the best thing that would make things work...

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The dangers in taking on too much responsibility
Apr06

The dangers in taking on too much responsibility

This article was originally published in the August 22, 2014 edition of “The Dallas Morning News”. This is the fourth essay about the retirement travel adventure I have written for the folks at DMN and I hope to make this a habit! From the moment we are born, humans are encouraged to take on an ever increasing amount of responsibility. As children, we learn to be responsible for our toys, to clean our room and to help with a few...

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The Retirement Travel Adventure Now On Vine!
Apr04

The Retirement Travel Adventure Now On Vine!

A few months ago I had not even heard of the social network / video-sharing app called Vine. Now it seems like Vine videos are popping up everywhere. I wish I had discovered it sooner. Vine is the perfect platform/app for sharing very short snippets from some of my travel adventures and maybe even just some interesting tidbits. Since Vine videos are only six seconds long, there really isn’t a lot of time invested to have a look. This...

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Sacrifice and Life Among the Hill Tribes of Laos
Mar27

Sacrifice and Life Among the Hill Tribes of Laos

I was wakened from sleep by a blood-curdling scream. It wasn’t quite a human sound, but in that middle ground, between slumber and consciousness, I couldn’t be too sure. Streaky shafts of pale sunlight were streaming through glassless windows and cracks between the planks of the wall in the room where I had been sleeping. It had been a night of strange dreams and I had to rub repeatedly to remove the crusty rheum that had formed in...

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What Does it Cost to Live for a Month in Krabi, Thailand?
Mar02

What Does it Cost to Live for a Month in Krabi, Thailand?

This post What Does It Cost to Live for a Month (in the tropical paradise) of Krabi Thailand is by Chris Backe. Chris is the 32-year-old author of over a dozen books and itineraries, and the blogger behind oneweirdglobe.com. He focuses on visiting the offbeat and bizarre destinations around the world. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest updates. If you are interested in seeing what it costs to live in...

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Mar01

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  I am writing this paragraph from the back of a tuk-tuk motorcycle taxi as we careen along dusty, potholed roads in northern Laos. It is hard to believe how few of these kinds of adventures I had before I retired almost four years ago. I am here pursuing my newly rediscovered passions of, travel, photography and writing and so loving this new journey that I call LifePart2.  In a strange coincidence, a few weeks ago I got an...

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