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Old 10-28-2011, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Washington County, ME
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Then you must not want to travel much. By the time this calendar year comes to an end, I will have spent three months of it traveling internationally. In fact, I am posting this from my hotel room in Barcelona. I don't think that there is any question that staying employed and traveling extensively is incompatible. My love of travel is the reason that I retired when I did.

With so much more of the world to explore, I don't foresee boredom ever becoming an issue for me.
Exactly.

My sister and her husband retired at around 62, and they travel the world. They take at least 6 trips a year.

His "hobby" is finding good deals etc. online, and it was before they retired, also. I cant imagine ever being bored at life nowadays period - with so much to do, whether you have plenty of money or not.

A computer and books - and my yard and deck - keep me busy and happy every day, every season

As for being healthy - if your job is very stressful, i cannot imagine that you'll be more healthy by staying working at it. And i know MANY people (including myself) who sufferred serious stress from their jobs.

To each their own - it looks like most of us here are enjoying our early retirements

My dad also retired 'early' after putting in 30-some years at a company. The stress was killing him. He lived many healthy, happy, active years afterward - with hobbies incl gardening, sailing, traveling, woodworking - and even took classes in Spanish and creating stained glass... made us all beautiful lamps.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:52 AM
 
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Planning to retire at 43-45, everything is in place, but have multiple redundancy plans.

Plan to stay active, just looking for more adventure. Money is just a small part of the plan.
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:33 AM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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I retired the day I turned 50. No pension, no lifetime benefits. Thank goodness for wise investments! DH will continue to work until SS retirement age, because we need the benefits under his employer's plan.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:55 AM
 
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Planning to retire at 43-45, everything is in place, but have multiple redundancy plans.

Plan to stay active, just looking for more adventure. Money is just a small part of the plan.
Do you have millions in the bank or something? That's awfully young to be retiring for good unless you have at least $2 million stashed away.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Do you have millions in the bank or something? That's awfully young to be retiring for good unless you have at least $2 million stashed away.
I have a lot of friends in real-life who retired 'early'.
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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I know alot of people who retiredearly since 2008. Some where offered buyouts they couldn't refuse such as making up difference of SS until 65 ;add years or both. Others because thier pensions showed that with poor returns they wouldn't gain like they had in waiting two or three years in pension.know two that actually took deal offered and went to work for another company doing same thing.I am 64 and never saw so many retiring at early age in my lifetime.
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:59 PM
 
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Wife and I both retired at 59 1/2 now four plus years into retirement and life is very good.
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:27 PM
 
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I am 65 and still working. My wife retired 3 years ago due to cancer and will start getting SS in March. She has just turned 62 and since she is a survivor we thought it best to take hers early.
I am working to help lower my house payment. We have no other debt. However, due to the career I chose I was never able to save for retirement. I lost 401 money in 2000 and 2008. I lost $45,000 when I sold my home in 2009. I am fortunate in that I have multiple pensions comming in and just started my SS in January 2012. I was lucky to find a 2nd career at 56 and am still employed at 65 . I currently make more than my career job. That's why I have hung in there to this point. I am getting tired of all the technological changes and the general B.S. that goes along with the job. I plan to call it quits some time this year. I would have to sell my home and really tighten the budget to make it on SS alone. Thank God for the pensions. I can only pray that they do not go dry in the future. I look forward to many years of doing what I want to do.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:15 PM
 
Location: RVA
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Heres an oldy worth bumping up. Of particular note, is still not many posted retiring at 62-70. May e just too busy working to bother? Only 57 here, so no plans to retire until 62 earliest, then likely work for same company 7 months a year to increase pension for a year or 2. And save a bit more. Can't have too much money or too much time.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:16 PM
 
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retiring at 62 in july
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