“Traveling is a fountain of youth,” says Christina Daggett, as she sits down to dinner with her husband, Tim. It’s evening in the town of Hawick, Scotland, where they are currently staying. “I can’t imagine going back to the States or our old lifestyle. Nothing could be better than what we’re doing now.”
For Lindsay Hackston, her daily commute on a tropical island easily beats the one she left behind in California. “I drive to work in my golf cart, stress-free, which I love. I enjoy my home, which is on the water, with an amazing view that includes wildlife such as crocodiles, anteaters, parrots, and other exotic creatures.” Home for Lindsay is the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. For the last 28 years she has owned and operated Belizean Arts, an art gallery popular with North American visitors and expats on the island.
Since arriving in the Costa Rican mountain town of San Ramón, John and Caryl Buford have done much to endear themselves to the local community. But they’re especially proud of bringing TubaChristmas to Costa Rica, which has performed favorite Christmas carols since 2011.
Becky and Ken Campeau have a busy retirement—and wouldn’t have it any other way. “I would love to tell you about being retired and enjoying our down time relaxing and playing,” says Ken. “But we stay active in community projects and socializing with our friends.
For Chuck and Susan Bussey, relocating to the highland town of Cotacachi, Ecuador, was the move that saved their retirement. They both had good jobs in Georgia, where Chuck was an airline mechanic for Delta Airlines and Susan was a dental hygienist.
The breeze carries the scent of flowers from the frangipani trees. A wisp of incense floats your way from the little canang sari offering baskets that your housekeeper has placed to invite balance and harmony into your home. Kites fly lazily in the brilliant blue sky, while the ocean in front of you is calm and inviting.
“As a teenager, I occasionally thought about retirement, which would be many years in the future,” says David Van Harn. “I came to the conclusion that I wanted to live somewhere where there would be things happening in the area nearly every day of the week, and I wouldn’t be isolated with only other seniors.
"Managing your life is not nearly as important as living it. My life is much simpler now and less complicated. I’m much happier.” This is how Susan Burnett describes her life since retiring to the city of Cuenca, Ecuador. “My apartment has twice the space I had in Denver, without having to pay twice the price for it,” she says.
“If I had stayed in the U.S., I’d be dead now,” says Warren Sklar, reflecting on his new life in Ecuador. “I was 140 pounds heavier, I was having a very difficult time controlling my blood pressure with three medications, and my diabetes was pretty much out of control.”
“We made a trip basically around the whole country, and as we passed through this area for the very first time, I made the cab driver stop. I got out and said, ‘This is fantastic!’” says Doug Klaver of the small town in Ecuador he now calls home.