Retirement Costs for Singles


Recently someplace in one of your newsletters there was mention of a retirement destination, a kind of gentle paradise, without cell phones & the internet, snuggled in a lovely valley in South America. Can you tell me the name of the place?

And as an aside, I always enjoy your newsletters, but I could wish that more writers about retirement would consider single retirees more. This goes for financial publications as well.



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Hi Paul,
Thank you for taking the time to write. We love to hear from our Readers.

I believe you are talking about Vilcabamba in Ecuador. (Take a look at our Ecuador Hotel and Travel information here. )

It’s hard to know how much has changed since we were last there in late 2005, but I’m sure internet and cell phone usage has found its way there in that little valley by now. Still, it’s worth seeing, as it’s a throw back in time. The hippies of the 1960’s and 70’s moved there, settled in with the natives and now their children are the young adults of the area.

You will find restaurants playing Janice Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix and other such music in the little town and of course the hippie jewelry shops. The valley is gorgeous and peaceful. At the time we were there, real estate was booming because North Americans couldn’t believe the land prices and the vistas that came with them.

Your suggestion that we (and other financial/retirement sites) write more for the single traveler and retiree is a good one. We try to give the prices we pay for anything on our trips, food, travel, hotels and such – and in some regards, those prices wouldn’t be any different if one was single or traveling as a couple. The price of dinner, bus tickets, a spa membership or entrance to a museum would be the same no matter what. The difference is that the price of the apartment or hotel would only be covered by one person instead of divided by two.

Housing is one of the biggest expenses anywhere you might live or travel. That being said, you might take a look at our Housing Options Page which offers you different ways to solve the housing cost in retirement. Our Travel Housing Options Page also lists ways to find decent and affordable housing, hotels, apart-hotels, and rentals too.

Our Traveling Singles Page offers travel agencies, small tour group options, hostels and travel clubs for singles and those who want to travel in a small group.

So there really is a lot out there for you to take advantage of.

Hope these links help, and do feel free to write any time, Paul.

All the best,

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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