We are starting a new project with previous guests Edd and Cynthia.
Living on Social Security
Edd and Cynthia have been traveling the world for the past 13 years, living on their Social Security income. They picked a location with a low cost of living, which is how they are able to afford their lifestyle. During COVID, Ecuador followed the US's lead and was strict about the lockdown. Ed and Cynthia weren't too inconvenienced since they were already living a low-key lifestyle and working online. When they were able to travel, they got tested and flew to the US. To avoid the overhead of an apartment, they decided to travel full-time and stay in private rooms through Airbnb. For longer stays, they will rent an entire apartment. They have also visited family and stayed with them for free. This past summer, they spent two and a half months in Europe, visiting Lisbon, Madrid, Bordeaux, Paris, and London.
Paris and London are expensive for most people, so our guests stayed in the suburbs and used public transportation for their security budget.
They used to live in Ecuador in a 3000-square-foot apartment for $600 a month. Additionally, for health, they had 100% coverage with a zero deductible health insurance for $82 a month. The inflation rate has been low. Organic food is accessible. Their rent has only gone up by $100. Smartly, they used credit cards strategically to get bonus points and free flights. When they came back for a visit, they noticed the difference in food prices in the US. Apparently, the US is the most expensive place in the world to buy food.
Edd and Cynthia plan to travel until they tire of it, but they may not return to the US due to insufficient social security income and the stressful North American culture. Now they are Goldilocks people, like Ecuador's moderate climate, and dislike the hot and humid weather of South Carolina and Charleston.
Our retiree-in-residence couple has been traveling for the past decade and is currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Our couple has lived in Ecuador and Colombia previously. Edd and Cynthia discuss the various microclimates in Ecuador. Most importantly they talk about how they had to consider their grandchildren when they decided to move. The couple mentions Mexico as a potential place to move to. You'll learn about how they scout possible places to stay longer. You can also learn more because they blog about their travels, and offer a course on how to move out of the country.
They explain Geo-Arbitrage, which is moving from one place to another that is cheaper. They mention Argentina being a 50% off sale due to their currency not doing well against the US dollar. They encourage the listener to check out their website, https://EddandCynthia.com, for more information on moving out of the country.
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Kathe Kline has been working with retirees for over 25 years. She discovered that retirement is not just about money and insurance, but is also about: Social & Family; Adventure & Travel; Volunteer & Philanthropy; Spirit & Soul, Sexual issues, and Sandwich Generation issues or helping your Family members as they age
This site will host the podcast interviews that we will do with people who are Rocking their own Retirement, or who provide services to you so that you can Rock Your Retirement!