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Why Travel Leads to a Healthy Retirement

 

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Travelling in Retirement: What Do You Need to Know?

 

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Is an HSA Your Best Friend for Early Retirement?

 

 

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Top 8 Reliable, Easy, and Convenient Online Money-Making Methods for Retirees

 

 

 

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A Trip through Veneto

Ed Walker

There is practically no place in Italy which is not worth seeing. With its rich cultural and architectonic heritage and its wonderful natural landscapes, Italy is one of the best countries in the world to go for a holiday. While still planning for your holiday, you should check Theaa.ie for travel insurance, you can save if you apply for more than one package, like car insurance for instance. Although large cities like Rome, Palermo or Naples rank highest as tourist destinations, they can sometimes be tiresome, especially if you’re interested in a more tranquil holiday. The Veneto region, on the other hand, could be exactly what you are looking for.

Gondolas in a small canal in Dorsoduro district, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Situated in the northeastern side of Italy, Veneto comprises world-famous cities full of history and culture such as Venice, Padua, or Verona, as well as picturesque natural landscapes, such as the Euganean hills, the Dolomite Mountains, the Adriatic Sea, or the Garda Lake. The best way to reach this region is to fly to its capital, Venice, and, after spending a day or two in this wonderful and highly peculiar city, rent a car and take a leisurely ride through its other famous places.

Venice, a city situated across a group of 118 islands separated by canals and connected by over 400 bridges, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting up to 30 million tourists per year. Besides its geographical peculiarity and quaintness, Venice is also famous for historical landmarks such as St. Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco, or the Doge’s Palace, and for the important international events and festivals it hosts, including the Carnival of Venice, Venice Biennale, and the Venice Film Festival.

However, Venice can often be overcrowded and your stay there, although extremely interesting, might not be as relaxed as you would want to. If tired of hectic Venice, jump into a car and start exploring the surrounding areas. There are at least two other impressive cities in Veneto which you should not miss: Padua, famous for its dense network of arcaded streets, its old and renowned University of Padua (established in 1222), where figures such as Galilei and Copernico worked, and its wonderful landmarks like the imposing St. Anthony Basilica, the Palace of Reason, the Botanical Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Goethe did some of its botanical research), or the Scroveni Chapel (containing breathtaking murals by Giotto); and Verona, the city of Shakespeare’s famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet, with its ancient Roman edifices and monuments (including the Roman Arena and Theatre), its Medieval and Renaissance architecture, and its thriving artistic and musical scene, including the lyrical season at the Arena, where renowned operas and symphonic pieces are performed in front of up to 15,000 spectators.

If you want to get in touch with nature, Veneto can offer you many possibilities too. The Euganean Hills are perfect for leisurely strolls, offering beautiful sights which inspired poets like Petrarch or Shelley, and the possibility to enjoy the thermal baths from Abano or Montegrotto Terme. If you’re into more challenging activities though, such as skiing, hiking or BASE jumping, the Dolomite Mountains are what you need. And if you like swimming, sunbathing or boating, you have two choices in Veneto: either visit the amazing seaside resorts from the Adriatic Sea’s coast, including Lido, Jesolo and Sottomarina, or take a trip to the fantastic Garda Lake near Verona, the largest (370 square km) and most visited Italian lake.

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Money Moves That Can Help You Retire Early

 

 

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Fun Games to Help Your Senior Loved One Exercise the Mind

Lori Thomas

We all know about the importance of exercise and what it can do for the body. However, as we age, it is just as important that we take the time to really exercise the mind. If you want to help your senior loved one stretch their mental muscles—there are so many fun ways that you can help. Brain teasers, puzzles and games are all really important for seniors as they age. They help keep the mind sharp and make sure that different areas of the brain that many not normally be activated are getting a bit of a workout.

Ready to have some fun? Here are a few games that are great for all types of seniors and help improve their concentration, memory and thinking skills all while they have a little fun at the same time.

Sudoku

This is a great game for seniors to play on their own or with a friend. This numbers game is popular in puzzle books, magazines and newspapers and there are also plenty of apps that you can download to play on-the-go as well. This game will challenge critical thinking and problem solving skills and come in a variety of levels from easy to difficult—meaning there are puzzles for every type of player.

Boggle

This game has been around for ages, but it is still as fun as ever. You can still order the original board game version of Boggle or try one of the apps that is available on most tables or smart phone. When the game randomly puts together a grid of different letters, the players have a limited amount of time to find as many words as possible. This is another fun game that seniors can play on their own or with a friend and it challenges their critical thinking and linguistic skills at the same time.

Memory

Memory has a great benefit for seniors, for obvious reasons. Many seniors struggle with memory issues as they age and sometimes playing memory-centered games for a few minutes a day can really help! Memory can be played with a card set, on the computer, through an app or you can play verbal memory games whenever you are sitting around the home.

Banana Grams

Looking for a fun and silly game to play with your senior loved one? Check out Bananagrams. You can buy it on Amazon, or wherever games are sold and enjoy a fun silly game that encourages you to make and connect words. Similar to games like Scrabble that can challenge the thinking skills, this word game is all about pushing the linguistic part of the brain. However, the best part is that the winner gets to shout “Bananas!” when they’re done to signify they’ve won.

Lumosity Brain Games

If you log online to Lumosity.com, you will find a massive collection of games and puzzles that will tease the brain and help work out the mind muscles. The best part about these games is that they are free, and you can download an app right on your phone or tablet. You can even choose what type of teaser you prefer so your senior can work on areas of the brain they really want to work on whether it is attention, speed and memory, verbal fluency or problem solving.

These games are all fun ways to challenge the mind, so next time your senior loved one is looking for something fun to do give these brain teasers a try and see first-hand how beneficial they can be!

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Downsizing Once the Kids have Left Home

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With all your traveling, where do you keep your important papers?

Q&A with a Reader

Greetings,

My husband and I have been following you for some time now and we will be retiring in June of this year. We are getting ready to travel the world and look forward to making memories in most of the destinations you have lived in.

Our question is where do you keep your important paper records ( investment, will, birth certificates, marriage license and month to month papers)? Are you traveling as a medical assistant?

We know you recommend a mail service but while traveling what do you do with important  monthly papers?  If the internet is not great at some of the locations does paperless work?  We will have a turn key home base in the USA but hope to be away from it for maybe 9 months out of the year.

Your suggestions are welcomed.

Thank you so much.

With gratitude,

Marie

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Hi Marie,

Thanks for writing. And congratulations on your upcoming retirement! How exciting!

Marie, about 99% of our mail – important papers, financial statements, credit card billings, and so on – are all done online. We have been paperless for about 15 years.

Our brokerage firms (Fidelity and Vanguard) offer paperless statements and Fidelity offers a free check writing service that we utilize when we need to send a physical check to someone. Otherwise we PayPal money to friends and family with no fee.

In regards to our wills and marriage certificate, we have them stored with a trusty friend. Alternatively, you could put them in a bank vault or leave them with family. Birth certificates we carry with us, as sometimes we need them when we travel. If we were to lose them, we’d simply have another one sent to us from the county office in the county in which we were born. We also have a digital copy of our marriage certificate.

Traveling Mailbox (the service we use) can physically mail us anything we receive should we want a physical copy, otherwise they will scan the item and we can read it online, then ask them to shred it or forward it to us anywhere in the world.

Right now, the only monthly papers we are receiving are the ones from Social Security and Medicare, and we don’t really want all that paper sent to us, so we peruse online and then have them shredded.

Since we are on Medicare, and we have no US based health care insurance, we have no booklets, and no EOBs or paperwork sent to us. We utilize medical tourism as we travel and pay out-of-pocket.

Traveling Mailbox can be purchased by the month or by the year, as you see fit in your travel schedule. We purchase their services for the year, and then receive 2 months for free. We find that to be very convenient.

I hope you have found this information to be useful. Feel free to write if you have another question.

Wishing you the best in your travels and in your upcoming retirement.

Best Regards,

Akaisha

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