Hi Billy and Akaisha,
Thank you so much for creating your website Retire Early Lifestyle. It has been such an inspiration to me.
Your travels and adventures encourage me so much in my mission to retire early.
I especially like the way you have structured your travels…with a home base in an active adult community with easy access to an airport and travel adventures overseas.
I would love to do something similar but every active adult community that interests me seems to be 55+. As I am only 47 I don’t know if I would be able to join a community that I like.
Since you two retired early I was wondering how you dealt with this issue.
If you have time to write back that would be wonderful!!! (I wouldn’t want to take away from your travel time though.)
Thanks again so much for your website. I read it every day (and after some of my work days, I really need the pick me up.)
Thank you for taking the time to write and for all your kind words regarding our website. We are most pleased that you find inspiration and useful information on RetireEarlyLifestyle.com
Regarding Active Adult Communities — we were grandfathered in to a community when we were in our forties, so that is how we were able to be where we are. However, some communities follow an Equal Housing Opportunity rule which doesn’t allow the community to discriminate residents by age and allows for a certain percentage of residents to be under 55. You might try looking for communities which follow this rule first, then see if there are any housing opportunities there.
Our particular resort park was one of these communities, and there were several younger people living in there. You could probably do some research online, but from what I understand, each community is different.
It’s a great way to live, with lots of amenities. You can check it out here: ‘Worry-Free’ Housing.
The best of luck, and don’t give up on your dream!