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Does living in a small, quaint village on a bay in the Algarve sound dreamy? It’s still doable but, as housing costs rise and the ever growing number of expats invade Portugal, the best way to find a reasonably priced home may be to have your feet on the ground and locate property by word-of-mouth. Brits Karen and Nick Telling went on holiday in the former fishing village of Carvoeiro and soon found themselves settling there. On Episode 113 of Retire There, Karen explains that she was smitten with the picturesque town while on vacation, but it was  the warmth and kindness of the Portuguese people that truly captured her heart.Karen Telling’s book, Another Day in Paradise, explains how dealing with a life-changing-illness opened her eyes to the goodness of the Portuguese people.Karen’s second book, Our Little Piece of Paradise, begins with the purchase of her home in Carvoeiro, Portugal and tells the story of life in a small village on the Algarve. 
Is it attainable to live on a beach in New York City without going broke? Sharon Lew has proven so. Sharon grew up near the water on Long Island, but spent most of her adult life in Manhattan while having a beach house in Fire Island, New York. In an attempt to be on the ocean, near Manhattan, and without debt, she sold her Fire Island home and purchased a fixer-upper apartment in Rockaway, Queens. She loves hearing the sound of the surf and the security of having low monthly costs. Find out more about Sharon’s route to a low-cost life on the beach on Episode 112 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.See Sharon Lew’s creative talent management agency, Lew & Co, for her latest works. Sharon Lew ‘s article in the New York Times, Heading to the Rockaways for the Sand and the Subway. Which Apartment Did She Choose? is about her search for a home in Rockaway.
Do you long for an inexpensive oceanfront city? There aren’t many left in the States, so check out Huatulco, Mexico. The town is quaint, friendly, affordable, clean and a naturally beautiful place on the Pacific Ocean in southern Mexico. Cindy and Fred Ouellette settled in Huatulco four years ago. They love it, think it’s “almost heaven,” and say they live a great life on Social Security alone. Check out why the couple loves the lesser-known city of Huatulco on Episode 111 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.Cindy Charles Ouellette educates expats and wanna-be expats about living in Huatulco on her YouTube channel, Life in Huatulco.Cindy offers video calls "Any pressing question?” on PalTap. Https:// for questions about moving to Mexico? 30 minute chats $25 USD. Email her for an appointment at retireinmexiconow@gmail.comCindy’s “Retire in Mexico” Facebook page also contains helpful information about living in Mexico.Cindy’s stunning photographs of Mexico may be purchased from Fine Art America.
Would you enjoy a small getaway house, near New York City, for under $150,000? Check out some of the former bungalow colonies north of the city. Marcy Kahn, and her wife Diane Churchill, found such a place in the northern Westchester County town of Mohegan Lake, just 50 miles north of their Manhattan residence.  Their community, the Mohegan Woodlands Cooperative, includes a swimming pool, rights to the private lake, tennis courts, and, soon, pickleball courts! Find out more about living in a bungalow colony on episode 110 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.
Do you wish to live in Panama, but find the housing prices of Panama City, Boquete or Coronado too costly? Try David, a fairly large city, with a small town feel due to its low population density and lack of skyline. Joyce Barr retired to Panama and has lived in several Panamanian cities, but recently moved to David for its low rental costs. Learn more about Joyce’s love of Panama’s people and places on Episode 109 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.  Learn about Joyce Barr’s company, BLAST! Tours & Coaching, which assists retirees who wish to explore living as expats.Joyce has written several articles about living in Panama for Travel Awaits.
Do you fantasize of having a home right on the beach? Oh, you don’t have millions to plop down on a seaside place in the States? Perhaps you should explore Mexican beach towns. Brighton and Kat West started living their dream after they purchased a beachfront home near La Paz, Mexico. For under $200,000!! Find out more about the couple’s Mexican oceanfront retreat on Episode 108 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.West’s popular Youtube channel Almost Retired in Mexico and his site captures life in Mexico. Brighton’s virtual videographer company is Brighton West Video.
Is it possible to live in two of the most expensive areas of the world? Yes, but it helps to be organized and frugal. Regina Ang and Sue Davies, high level stressed out executives blissfully retired in Clementi, Singapore and Jersey City, New Jersey. In Singapore, housing is pricey but expenses may be saved by food shopping at wet markets and dining at hawker centers. In the New York City area, the couple cut costs by crossing the Hudson River to move from Manhattan to Jersey City. Learn more about their bicontinental retirement on Episode 107 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.Regina Ang and Sue Davies have a travel website called Travel For Life Now. The website focuses on their travel experiences on - and off - the beaten track.Regina and Sue also write articles for Travel Awaits.
Dave Hughes and Jeff McKeehan had independently moved to Arizona to escape freezing winters. Jeff contends that “snow is for snow globes.” When they got together, they searched for a place that would support their love of playing music and gardening. They chose Chandler, Arizona for its proximity to Phoenix enabling them to enjoy all of its culture but far enough to avail themselves of less pricey real estate. Find out more on Episode 106 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.Read Dave’s book on The Quest for Retirement Utopia: How to Find the Retirement Spot That’s Right for You. Dave’s additional books on retirement include Smooth Sailing Into Retirement: How to Navigate the Transition from Work to Leisure and Design Your Dream Retirement: How to Envision, Plan For, and Enjoy the Best Retirement Possible.Check out Dave’s website: Retire Fabulously.
Dream of living somewhere surrounded by beautiful scenery with temps that are never too high or too low? If so, seek out that perfect elevation in the stunning mountain town of Boquete, Panama where neither air conditioning nor heat is required. Correct, you can have a comfortable year-round climate and it’s AFFORDABLE! It is no wonder the place is full of expats. Hear what brought Jackie Lange to Boquete and what kept her there, on Episode 105 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.Jackie Lange’s company Panama Relocation Tours is available to help you along the way. Jackie's Travel Awaits article lays out 6 Reasons You Should Retire in Panama, Plus 4 Reasons Why You Might Mark Panama Off Your List.Jackie’s company is on Facebook
You unquestionably love the music, food and spirit of New Orleans, but prefer a rural area … oh, what to do? Musician Ben Redwine and his artist wife, Leslie Redwine, believe they found the perfect compromise. The couple moved to Covington, Louisiana in Tammany Parish - which offers a quaint country location and is only 40 miles from downtown New Orleans! Find out more about the laidback lifestyle of Louisiana in St. Tammany Parish on Episode 104 of Retire There with Gil & Gene. For Ben Redwine’s performances View Leslie Redwine’s art
As a child growing up in Canada, Perley-Ann Friedman dreamed about living on a tropical island. Throughout her life, she traveled extensively around the world, but on her first trip to the southern Thailand island of Koh Lanta, she knew she had found her magical island. Listen  to how Perley-Ann transformed from tourist to local expat on Episode 103 of Retire There with Gil & Gene. Perley-Ann Freidman’s book on retiring to Koh Lanta is Retired Way Out There: My Evolving Life in Koh Lanta, Thailand. Her book on fundraising is Volunteer Fundraising Simplified: How to Raise Money for a Cause You Love. Perley-Ann’s website is The Happy Cat.Check out Perley-Ann’s incredible garbage art sculptures made out of colorful plastic cigarette lighters here.
When does “forever” last only a few years? When your “forever home” in your dream destination, among the red rocks in the Arizona sun, turns out to be a nightmare. After long careers on the East coast, Bob and Irene Peake retired to the picturesque town of Sedona, Arizona. The couple loved it there, but a change in the real estate laws and Bob’s new fascination with horseback riding (he learned how to ride at age 71) had them looking for a home with more land. After 5 years in Sedona, they sought a home which could be converted into a working horse ranch and they found it - about 20 miles away in Cottonwood, Arizona. Find out more about the charming town on Episode 102 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.
Hugh Donagher and Brian Rountree were living in San Antonio, Texas and wanted to settle down in Spain but not quite ready for retirement. Brian had little trouble securing a tech job in Barcelona. Obtaining a work visa is another story. They discovered that since Hugh achieved Irish citizenship through descent, the married couple could live and work anywhere in the EU without difficulty. The couple have fallen in love with Barcelona and could see themselves retiring there. Find out more on Episode 101 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.
Where should you retire if you wish for a place with water warm enough to enable you to swim in the ocean year round? Oh, and you don’t want to leave the United States. Don and Linda Hurzeler discovered their ocean paradise in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Too expensive, you say? Don scoffs at that notion, maintaining that living in Hawaii is doable if you are flexible with some of your must-haves. Learn more about living in Kailua-Kona on The Big Island, on Episode 100 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.Donald J. Hurzeler’s books include:Suddenly Retired: A Roadmap for What Comes NextSmells Like Retirement: How to Create a Rock-Solid Plan for the Best Years of Your LifeWhat’s Left of Don, A MemoirDon’s 2 websites are and  Don and Linda’s Instagram accounts are donhurzeler and lhurzeler, respectively. #retirethere, #retirewhere, #wheretoretire, #bestplacetoretire, #retirement, #retirementplanning, #babyboomers, #KailuaKona, #Kona, #BigIsland, #Hawaii, #DonHurzeler #lavalightgalleries
Dreamt of living on a little Caribbean island? Has the fear of being distant from city conveniences prevented you from realizing your fantasy? Isla Mujeres in Mexico may be the answer. The island is a short commute from the stores, restaurants and services of Cancun. Dawn Fleming and Tom Clifford moved to Isla Mujeres and claim it’s an 18 minute ferry ride and a world away from Cancun. While around 25,000 tourists set foot on the island each day, solitude is found. Learn more about Isla Mujeres on Episode 99 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.Dawn Fleming’s book is Claim Your Dream Life: How to Retire in Paradise on a Shoestring Budget.Dawn’s website is Overseas Life Redesign.Dawn also has an Overseas Life Redesign podcast.
Do you really know The Villages, the world’s largest retirement community in central Florida? There have been numerous depictions of The Villages by those who don’t live there. Jack and Pam O’Brien moved from Pittsburgh and say The Villages is the perfect place for them to work on their writing, volunteer, enjoy fun ways to exercise, and spend time with their new friends. Hear our guests share what it’s actually like to be residents in The Villages, on  Episode 98 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.In December of 2021, Jack O’Brien published The Roundabout Way: Stories from the Villages, Florida, a compilation of fictional short stories with The Villages as the background.The Answer to Each Is the Same is one of Pam O’Brien’s books of poetry.For more information about The Villages or make a visit to check it out.
Retire early and dedicate more time to your passion? Is the fear of not having enough retirement savings holding you back? That was the case for Alyson and Dave Sheldrake of Devon, England. The couple crunched the numbers and determined doing it in England would be difficult, but they pulled it off in the Algarve region of Portugal, a place they loved. They retired and moved to the Algarve in 2011. Alyson is flourishing as a painter and writer and Dave is a prosperous photographer. Find out how these two artists are thriving in Aljezur, Portugal, on Episode 97 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.View Dave Sheldrake’s photography work and follow him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.Explore Alyson Sheldrake’s art and books and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.Sign up for the couple’s free monthly newsletter. Alyson Sheldrake books include:Living the Dream in the Algarve, Portugal: The story of one couple’s move from the UK to live in the sun;Living the Quieter Algarve Dream;A New Life in the Algarve, Portugal: An anthology of life stories; andKat the Dog: The remarkable story of a rescued Spanish water dog
What would it take for you to retire in a small rural town? How about free land? Lincoln, Kansas is giving away free build-ready plots of land in an effort to get people there. Bradley Roberts relocated to Lincoln from - WAIT FOR IT - San Francisco! While Roberts didn’t take advantage of the deal, he purchased a converted barn home for $22,000!! What else drew Bradley to Lincoln, Kansas? Listen to Episode 96 of Retire There with Gil & Gene to find out!See what Bradley’s up to on instagram: here for Bradley’s Honeydo contracting services! Here for information about free build-ready plots of land available in Lincoln, Kansas and here for the same on the city’s website, and follow the city’s instagram pageWe learned of Bradley Roberts from this article: Would you take free land in rural America?
Do you dream of living like the Jeffersons, ‘in a deluxe apartment in the sky?’ Most of us would be unable to afford such a place in New York, London or Singapore. For city loving retirees who desire residing in a large and luxurious apartment, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia may be the answer. Former Pittsburgh residents Jessica Coup and Scott Bergstein now call home a magnificent four bedroom, 5 bath apartment with maid’s quarters, in Kuala Lumpur - all for under $1,200/month. Listen to their adventures on Episode 95 of Retire There with Gil & Gene. Scott Bergstein’s book on moving to Puglia, Italy is Soul of the Heel: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Puglia.Scott’s novel is Mis(s)pellings: A Magical Comedy.Scott blogs here.  Check out Jessica Coup’s photography website which also includes her Reiki work. 
Jim and Rita Santos retired to Ecuador and loved it but missed their 9 grandchildren back in the U.S. When searching for a home in the States, they wanted a mild winter climate, great healthcare, a good airport and scenic hiking trails. Knoxville, Tennessee checked all the boxes. Learn more about Knoxville, The Marble City, on Episode 94 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.For Jim’s life as an author, traveler and voice over artist, visit his website. Jim Santos’ books include:Living Abroad: Challenging the Myths of Expat LifeHiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Travels with Jim and Rita)The Galapagos Islands: On Your Own and On a Budget (Travels with Jim and Rita)An Uphill Climb: Survivor’s Guilt and the Inca TrailMoving Overseas: Ship or Mule? (Travels with Jim and Rita)My Struggles with Stage FrightFirst Tango in Buenos Argentina (Travels with Jim and Rita)Three views of LIma Peru (Travels with Jim and Rita)Love Never DiesFoolish MortalsThe Body Remembers: A Baseball StoryJim’s articles in International Living Magazine, are available hereJim’s Author Facebook PageJim’s YouTube channel is available here
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Chad Mullins

excellent content, hosts, and guest. thank you.

Aug 1st
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