Your story is very inspirational.
My husband and I have traveled to many parts of the world. I am 62 and he just turned 65. We are real estate brokers but lost all of our assets in the real estate crash. From reading your stories it seems like you have always had some good assets to fall back on if necessary. Have you addressed situations like ours in any of your books, i.e., how to retire/live/travel, etc. with only social security and say $50,000 in savings?
Thank you for taking the time to write, we appreciate it.
Sorry to learn of your misfortune, but don’t give up hope for a satisfying retirement. We know many people who live only on their Social Security. You could do well living in Mexico, Guatemala, Thailand, Ecuador, or the Dominican Republic, for starters.
It might require some mental or emotional flexibility on your part to adjust to cultural differences, but if you have already traveled to other countries, then you are probably familiar with what cultural challenges you might face.
I would recommend a couple of things from our website. Take a look at our video, Adventures in Financial Independence. We share some personal financial information and it might be useful to you in terms of modeling your retirement.
You might also be interested in our book, The Adventurer’s Guide to Destination Choices. In this book we compare these destinations and it could give you some insight into these locations for retirement.
Our book, Your Retirement Dream IS Possible gives an interactive spending spreadsheet which we utilize ourselves to track and monitor spending on a daily basis. If you are watching your money, this spreadsheet is invaluable.
Our Retirement Relocation Page might be useful to you also. You will find lots of links to Expat forums there along with cost of living sites.
Another page that might be helpful is our Retirement Jobs Page.
Take heart, and we wish you the best. Please feel free to write to us any time with your questions.