Your Retirement Dream IS Possible
The Adventurer's Guide to the Possible Dream
Twenty Years Later
Billy and Akaisha
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This book is a must-read for anyone who dreams of retirement but worries that their plan has been derailed by a weak economy. "The dream is still possible," say Billy and Akaisha Kaderli, and they should know. Retired in 1991 at the age of 38, the Kaderlis have been living an adventurous, global life and have taught us that enrichment doesn't have to cost a fortune. Using their own inspirational retirement as an example, they step readers through practical advice about building and managing a financial portfolio, health care concerns, housing, traveling and lifestyle choices. After reading this book, you'll come away not only with a solid financial plan, but the courage and know-how to take the leap into the life you want.
Judy Martel, author of "The Dilemmas of Family Wealth," and Bankrate.com's Wealth blog.
Akaisha and Billy have been inspiring Motley Fool readers for several years. If you, too, want to learn how to retire to a life of exotic travel, curl up with a copy of Your Retirement Dream IS Possible. The Kaderlis cover every aspect of declaring financial independence – from the exciting to the practical – that can help you create a plan for making the rest of your life an adventure.
Robert Brokamp, CFP®, Senior Advisor, The Motley Fool
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The perspectives we have gained cannot be purchased and one cannot fully understand them from reading a book or watching a movie. The food, climate, language, and interactions with others in daily events are not “just like home.” The awareness that this challenge brings - the knowledge of self coupled with authentic contact with other humans who have different points of reference - is an expansion. And it is one we value. Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We have been retired over two decades and are just getting started!
It’s been a roller coaster ride for American workers over the past two decades. First they daydreamed about how to spend their riches from their dot-com investments in the late ‘90s. Later, they plotted how they’d ... Foreword by Mary Beth Franklin
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It was a leap of faith.
At least that is how we described it to ourselves two decades ago when we left enviable jobs and a beautiful home a short quarter mile from the beach in Central California. It was literally a journey into the unknown, and nothing ... Introduction
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Our world has gotten larger not smaller and we are better for it. Our finances have seen ups and downs, but we continue to look up and out, not ... Chapter 1
The recent and ongoing financial crisis has tested all of us, not only financially but emotionally too. One of the biggest concerns retirees have is running out of money during their retirement years. The tools we discuss below will ... Chapter 4
Sitting back and letting yourself be buffeted by circumstances over which you have no control is like admitting that you have little influence in bringing about your own future. When you place the responsibility for your life in ... Chapter 5
In many cases, your quality of life will improve along with your health in this new lifestyle. There will be less stress, better weather, novel adventures and ... Chapter 9
Many couples have found contentment by becoming snowbirds; spending six months of the year in one location, making friends, and having a routine, then adding some zest to their retirement by ... Chapter 10
If you open your mind to the options that are available to you at this time in your life, you may just find that a lighter ... Chapter 12
I had always thought I’d have the white picket fence, a couple of dogs and some fruit trees in the back yard. Before I could begin my next sentence, my ... Chapter 16
We believe that ingenuity, flexibility, and the trend toward simple living will take on more value as their use will provide options for a quality retirement. Rather than giving up the idea of retirement all together ... Chapter 17
During our leisure trips we were always conscious of the time - when we arrived, the number of days allowed in this location, the hour a special tour or gathering began and ended, and the ... Chapter 23
Just because a place is touted in one magazine after another and in report after report, if it doesn’t accommodate your needs, it doesn’t matter. The #1 retirement location is the one that ... Chapter 26
Solo travelers can be charged the same room rate as a couple especially in resorts or on cruises, but there are places where you have ... Chapter 29
Over the twenty-plus years since we left the conventional work force we hear that same challenge from time to time. Our responses have ranged from ... Chapter 30
There are many ways to design the life you want and make it work for you. It is up to you to choose new avenues and embrace an ... Chapter 31
It became painfully obvious to many of us that larger events shaping the world of finance were out of our control. However, it does us no good to take the position of ... Chapter 32
Our number one project on our no-plan agenda was to slow down. Nothing moves quickly on ... Epilogue
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Table of Contents
About the Authors
by Mary Beth Franklin
Senior Editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine
Financial Issues - Setting Yourself Up & Building the Dream
Chapter 1 - Twenty Years Later - What’s Changed?
The Odds Are in Your Favor
Chapter 2 - Seven Easy Steps
7.2% Return Graph
Chapter 3 - All I Have Left Is My Future - How to Retire in Ten Years
Chapter 4 - Money Management
Setting up the Spreadsheet
The 4% Rule
Monthly Withdrawal Calculator
Chapter 5 - Become Part of the Equation: Replace Hope with Action
Build an Action Plan
Chapter 6 - Prepare for Financial Independence - Begin Now
The Millionaire Mind
Chapter 7 - The Upside of the Great Recession
Chapter 8 - Our Portfolio Today
Cost of Living & Lifestyle Issues
Chapter 9 - Moving to Foreign Shores: Radical or Reasonable?
Chapter 10 - Two Sides of the Retirement Coin
Sample Challenge List
Chapter 11 - Dream Homes: Buyer Beware
Chapter 12 - The Best of Both Worlds
Value for Money Spent
Tax and Insurance Relief
Savings on Costs
Brick and Mortar Temptation
Chapter 13 - More on Housing: Boomer or Bust?
Chapter 14 - Our Retirement: High Living, Low Costs
Chapter 15 - Going Car-Less: An Unsexy Choice?
Chapter 16 - Ruminating on Simplicity
Emotional Adjustment - Before and After Your New Lifestyle
Chapter 17 - Considering the Possible Dream
No Guarantees in Retirement
Chapter 18 - Keeping the Dream Alive
Chapter 19 - Befuddled over Health Care?
Our Personal Plan
You Are Not Alone
Quality Customer Service
Is It Safe?
The Traveling Lifestyle
Chapter 20 - Travel Styles - Same-Same but Different
Chapter 21 - Making Travel Easier for Old Folks Like Us
Chapter 22 - Hotel Hunting on the Road
Chapter 23 - Are You a Tourist or a Traveler?
Chapter 24 - Exotic Travel on Less
Chapter 25 - Getting the Best Prices When Shopping Overseas
Chapter 26 - Deciding to Take the Plunge - Before and After
Chapter 27 - On the Road - Our Digital and Travel Equipment
Chapter 28 - Preparing for Travel
Chapter 29 - Singles or Doubles?
Keeping Costs Down
Managing Your Luggage
Socializing and Travel Companions
After the Fact
Working in Retirement?
Chapter 30 - Is it Work or Is It Passion?
One Definition of Retirement?
Hobby or Job?
Boomer Freedom to Contribute
Becoming Comfortable with Uncertainty
Chapter 31 - Grabbing Your Life with Both Hands
Chapter 32 - You Are a Survivor
Crisis and Opportunity
The Tennis Ball Doesn’t Know the Score
Chapter 33 - Strengthening Through the Retirement Journey
Chapter 34 - Was It Worth It?