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Old 07-01-2008, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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When Lynda and Don Perdew retired, they sold their home in Southern California and used the money to buy a 37-foot recreational vehicle. Then they set out to see the country.

For many, golden years mean less travel, more work - USATODAY.com
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:59 AM
 
Location: In the real world!
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I just find it ironic that as we baby boomers are retiring or getting ready to retire, this happens, forcing us to work longer than we had planned to.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:10 AM
 
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This kind of thing happens thru out history really.Most boomers retring now are early retirees really ;bacially anyhting under 65 historically. In fact more people are retiring ealrlier and earleir in recent years.Its mostly people that planned to retire early that can't now;but there is a huge number that are.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:42 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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retire and travel early (35-40) when kids are around and can enjoy the learning experience. Work later, when you are too tired / sore / broke to travel
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Old 07-04-2008, 01:57 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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This kind of thing happens thru out history really.Most boomers retiring now are early retirees really; basically anything under 65 historically. In fact more people are retiring earlier and earlier in recent years.Its mostly people that planned to retire early that can't now;but there is a huge number that are.
Correct. Historically, retirement meant having a few years left to put your affairs in order before you died. 65 used to be considered old.

Today, with better health care, an assurance of gov't maintenance; no matter that it might be small; people are living longer and feeling that life should be more than birth->work->death. I know I sure as hell do. With a 401K, savings, and a spouse eligible for SS in 4 years, we're getting off the damned hamster wheel.

As far as the traveling issue, RVers are adapting. Some do have to get off the road. Others are staying in one spot for a longer period of time and making more frugal choices. It's not stopping us from our plans to get a small RV and travel, just making us rethink our plans. With 40 years of nose-to-the-grindstone work behind him, plus a stint in the military, Spouse is deservedly ready to step back and have some leisure years. And with more than three decades of Corporate Life behind me, I'm ready to turn it over to the younger whippersnappers. We're ready to hit the road!
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