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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Break Your Routine without Breaking the Bank
By Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Need a new perspective?

With all the turmoil on social media and the talking heads telling us the next thing we need to worry about, at times it's good to get some new mental scenery.

Take a trip!

But you might ask yourself how you can afford this seeming "luxury."

During the almost 3 decades of our retirement, we have asked ourselves this same question many times. The answer is more likely to be, "How can we afford not to go?" Traveling allows us to refresh our perspective, and that has profound value.

Time to get creative

Those of us who are skillfully living the retired lifestyle know that most spending occurs in the four categories of housing, transportation, taxes and food/entertainment. When one travels, even for a long weekend, three of those categories get hit pretty hard. That doesn't mean you can no longer afford a break from routine. Some imaginative rearranging will produce rewarding leisure time away from the mundane and still save you lots of money.

We've all gotten pretty comfortable with internet travel sites - those comprehensive travel search engines that provide information on airline tickets, hotels, cars, cruises, and other travel necessities. Many sites offer some of their best deals for last-minute travel, and publish a Top 20 list of the week's best travel deals, which the company's expert team researches, evaluates and then recommends to you. There are hotel specials, vacation specials, cruises, shows, events, and airfares.

Check out these travel sites closely, and see what packages or special deals are available.

When we have lived in both Mexico and Thailand, local airline carriers will regularly offer ridiculously cheap deals for inner country travel to the beach or a capitol city for dining and theater options. Combine airline deals, promotional hotel pricing and dining coupons and you can save a bundle.

 

Think cost-conscious

OK, so what if even with these deals and packages, the getaway still seems out of your financial reach? You can save on lodging by trying one of the many sites that make various housing options available for travel.

Extended-stay hotel sites list affordable studios with housekeeping, in-room wifi, and kitchenettes.

The organization Couch Surfing helps you make connections worldwide or across your state. You overnight 'free' in members' homes; stays can be as short as a cup of coffee or a night or two, or as long as a few months. All places are rated, couch-surfing etiquette is offered, and tips on safety for both sides of the deal are posted on the site.

Craigslist is also a solid source of finding apartments, housing, temporary housing, or rooms for rent. Simply click on the state, city or country you will be visiting and begin searching!

You might your hand at house sitting and travel the world living like a local in someone's home while minding their plants and pets.

There are also home exchange organizations which allow two families to agree to trade homes for a defined period of time. You can live like a resident, not a tourist, and save tons of money.

Stay safe

This is all well and good, but what if you are a single woman traveling alone? The Internet is an amazing resource these days.

Check out our Traveling Singles Page for networks supporting women travelers. Sites will give safety tips, travel secrets, guide services, and suggestions of what to pack. You can choose from spas, cruises, tours or eco-adventures, and they'll tell you about women-friendly cities, how to best travel with children, or how to go it alone.

 

Similarly, other sites help women to make friends in foreign lands or just around the corner. You can travel to faraway places or choose to have a woman stay in your own home.

And if educational travel appeals to you, learning adventures are available across our 50 states and around the globe with subjects including history, culture, nature, music, outdoor activities and study cruises, whether you are traveling as a single person or as a married couple.

Learn more

For more on all these ideas and several others besides, take a look at our Preferred Links Pages and look under Travel. You'll find something to fit any budget and some very creative approaches as well.

Gaining a renewed perspective, especially during any challenging time, is a worthwhile pursuit. The humdrum of daily life can push you into the doldrums, so why not break out of your routine and come back strengthened?

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About the Authors

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

Retire Early Lifestyle appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, values their time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow the crowd.

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