Settling into Retirement is So Easy

We have been retired for 7 months. Many of our friends retired before us and most did things that made us working folk jealous. They seemed to be always traveling, visiting family, taking classes, and all the things that the 9-5 workers could not possibly do. We have always traveled extensively on every break from work, but the real “deals” were always offered when the working stiffs were at work.

We have been to every continent except South America and Antarctica. It seemed like Panama would be a good kicking off point to head south. Not exactly true. Anavilma, our local trusted travel agent, explained that most people in Central America do not travel by air, but by bus. Because of that, air travel prices are not competitive or extensive. We also have to get to either Panama City or San Jose, Costa Rica to begin any international trip. Our first trip, to Guatemala, several months ago. began with a 1 hour flight east to Albrook Airport in Panama City, a 30 min taxi to Panama International, and then a 2 1/2 hour flight west to Guatemala City. But when you’re retired, you don’t have to squeeze everything into a long weekend. We have time.

In the next few months we are taking advantage of spring travel rates. For our 20th anniversary in March, we are going to India and Nepal. We need to get to JFK but JetBlue now flies from San Jose to Fort Lauderdale, where my family lives. We will spend a few weeks in India and a week or so in Florida.

Then there was a Groupon to go to Peru. It was a great deal so we grabbed it. We will be going there at the end of April. We have to travel to Miami to take advantage of the offer and get to spend some time in Fort Lauderdale again.

A few days ago, we learned that Royal Caribbean is offering a half price cruise to Caracas, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. We “had” to squeeze in that bargain between the other two trips. We are going at the beginning of April.

Two days ago we found that we became grandparents for the first time. David’s son and his wife were notified that a baby girl was ready for adoption. She’s 4 days old and lives near Seattle. We will be seeing her as soon as we can.

We have found that the Land of Retirement is an excellent place to be. Too bad most of us have to wait six decades to get there.

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3 thoughts on “Settling into Retirement is So Easy

  1. We are chomping at the bit and we get even more anxious when we read of all the fun stuff you guys are doing. Can’t wait till we retire and get on the plane. Have fun guys – and please – keep writing about it.

  2. Looking forward to joining you in the Land of Retirement (figuratively speaking, not literally). I am soooo not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. I hope you enjoy every bit of your travels. You earned it.

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