Celebrating Retirement, USA

It Is The Last Day, It Is The First Day

December 9, 2017

Today Glenn turned off his computer for the last time at Airtreks International (formerly known as High Adventure Travel), and now starts the retirement years of his life. After thirty five years in the Travel industry, twenty of them with Airtreks, he has made tremendous friends, worked on challenging itineraries and imparted his knowledge of the industry and worldwide travel in general to people so they can fulfill their dreams.

It is time though to leave that behind for a new life of living in Mexico and pursuing our own travel adventures. This has been in the making for years and first started off as a plan to move to Mexico while renting our house in Temescal, Oakland and continuing to work with Airtreks. After much research we realized that we could retire if we sold the house and put the proceeds into investments that we could draw off of to live comfortably enough, but not extravagantly, in countries outside of the USA. So this is what we have decided to do. In the past months we have made ourselves dizzy with the questions that have stirred in our head. Are we going to have enough money without working, are we going to sell the house quickly and at a good price, and will there be any problems with it, is the Mexican temporary resident visa process going to go smoothly, are we going to find a comfortable home in San Miguel to call our own and will there be places available when we get there in our price range, what about health insurance now that Glenn isn’t working, will we be able to sell everything we own in one day and so many more.

In the meantime I have visions in my head of warm Mexican days and nights, siestas in the afternoon, visiting colorful markets and wandering cobblestone streets, cooking together, taking photos, blogging, exploring the cuisine, yoga and tai-chi, Spanish classes, amazing thunder and lightning storms, building new friendships, reading, margaritas and sangria, jazz and more. Will we find that? Is that what life will entail? We invite you to explore with us and find out what being a retired expat in Mexico is truly about. This is the beginning of a new adventurous life that is a bit scary, and will test our boundaries and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Join us please for our new adventure.

Have you given yourself an early retirement, and what have you done with all your time? We would love to know.




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  • Reply Anne Bader January 13, 2018 at 8:27 am

    You guys are so awesome! I will be following your adventures carefully. I too have a dream of traveling the world when I retire. I would love to live part time in Italy, but I am not sure I can afford it. Thanks for inspiring me with your courageousness. Hope to see you in Mexico sometime!

    • Reply ourprimeoflife January 18, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Hi Anne,actually, we have been looking at places to travel to in the future and stay for a couple of months in one or two areas using Airbnb. Some places in Italy are really inexpensive if you do it for a month. They give great discounts. You should look into that. We have so many places we want to visit. But not as backpackers anymore. We need some comfort. Good luck. And thanks for reading our blog.

  • Reply Sarah G December 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I applaud your decision and wish you both the best in Mexico. I look forward to hearing tales of your new life.

    • Reply ourprimeoflife December 15, 2017 at 1:43 am

      Thank you so much Sarah!! We are excited to see what happens. Reading about your own adventures of your new life in Spain are really making us wish the time would rush by. Can’t wait to get started. Love your blog (www.ourqualityoflight.com). You all look so happy!


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