The Next Adventure
By Deborah Gaines
I’ve spent most of my life within 20 miles of New York City. But now that my kids are grown, I keep thinking about the apartment I rented in Edinburgh last spring.
The first floor of a gracious townhouse in the West End, the flat was an easy walk to the city’s museums, gardens, and a friendly pub with darts and a trivia night. After a lifetime addiction to BritBox, I could see myself growing roses in the front garden and maybe solving the occasional murder.
Most of us have fantasized about retiring somewhere exotic, whether it’s a cottage on Cape Cod or a Parisian pied à terre. And many actually do: In 2022, about 224,000 Americans moved to a different state for retirement (source: AARP/Hire a Helper), while another 750,000 drew social security benefits from abroad.
How do you make the leap? I spoke with two couples who are planning a move, one in the U.S. and one internationally … continue reading
Deborah Gaines is based in New Jersey when she’s not on the road. Her work appears in Huffington Post, Salon, and AARP, among others. Follow her Instagram at @deborahgaineswriter or visit deborahgaines.net