Category Archives: Active Lifestyle

Budget Friendly Travel Hacks

Whether you plan to travel for the holidays, or you’re daydreaming about a summer getaway, traveling in your 50’s and beyond is an exciting time for adventure. Maybe you’re an empty nester, or recently retired, but wherever you find yourself, now is the perfect time to pull out the map, and start setting some goals. While jet-setting to Tahiti, might be a little extravagant, there are a few savvy strategies to get you out and exploring the world, or maybe your home state that won’t exhaust your resources.

Take Advantage of Senior Discounts
Becoming eligible for senior discounts may not always feel like a privilege, but when it comes to scoring deals on travel, dining, and shopping, you might find your boomer status can really work in your favor. Beyond just getting the “early bird special”, Many airlines, hotels, and car rental agencies offer reduced rates, and incentives for those 55+, and if you’re a retired veteran, additional discounts may also apply.

3 Cities Going Green One Bike Share at a Time

In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, the concept of city bike shares has taken the country by storm. The idea of renting a bike to get where you need to go is brilliant considering most bus systems operate on a limited schedule making leaving the office late or commuting on a Sunday a challenge. Not only is biking a cost-effective alternative to filling the gas tank, but cities that have implemented the program are finding it gets more cars off the road and encourages people to lead healthier lifestyles. While European cycling meccas like Amsterdam have led the bike share pack for years, these U.S cities are just a few of the places adding this option to their public transit repertoire.

Travel Tips That Give Jet Lag the Boot

The jet-setting season is fast upon us with baby boomers, and retirees heading off to far-off places, to explore the world or take a domestic excursion. Traveling is an exciting way to experience life beyond our own backyards, and meet new people, but can also be draining especially when we transition between time zones, and disrupt our normal rhythm. Train, plane, or automobile, active adults can learn to outsmart jet lag, and take advantage of every adventurous moment with travel-friendly tips worth packing their bags for.

Make Kansas City Your Summer Destination

Nothing says summer quite like outdoor concerts, twilight walks along the water, and sweet, smoky Kansas barbecue. Nicknamed the City of Fountains for its over 200 cascading displays, life in Kansas City, or as locals call it KC, is as warm and familiar as a cup of coffee with an old friend. Home to jazz legends like Big Joe Turner, and Mary Lou Williams, an art scene that ranges from contemporary to culinary, and more than 240 diverse neighborhoods to explore, most people forget that all this urban sophistication has a deep-rooted small-town heritage.

If you’re looking for the quintessential summer vacation spot, or city to call home, Kansas City is a Midwestern gem. Divided between two states, Kansas City, Kansas to the west is the low-key suburban sister to the effervescent metropolis of Kansas City, Missouri. Whichever side of the river you happen to be on, be prepared for friendly people, an abundance of things to do, and if you’re looking to buy property, affordable real estate options. Voted one of the top cities live by Livability.com, Kansas City is an exuberant blend of urban high rises, timeless culture, and a soulful rhythm that resonates throughout the entire city.

The Perks of Traveling After Retirement

Have you ever watched a travel program in a country such as India or Japan, and found yourself amazed that such places exist beyond the comfort of your own hometown? Most of us have yet to visit many of the landmarks within the U.S. let alone the wonders that lie abroad.

Many wait until retirement to pack up and explore the globe because they’ve left the demand of the workforce behind and finally have time to fulfill their dreams of travel. Travel agencies, airlines, and car rental companies offer wonderful discounts to retirees making this the perfect time in life to get going!

Apartment living? For more and more 55+ adults, renting makes perfect sense.

At first blush, the idea of renting your primary residence after years of homeownership seems counterintuitive. After all, we’ve all been taught that homeownership is a great way to generate wealth through home equity. And across time, that’s proven to be true. But what about in our later years, when we’ve crossed the threshold into the 55+ set and are looking at downsizing and simplifying? For many, the idea of renting has become more than an option; it’s a sensible, freeing, and attractive alternative. A way to enjoy a luxurious and well-amenitized lifestyle while preserving long-term retirement savings and remaining debt-free.

“We’ve all been trained to believe that you rent until you’re able to buy, “said Tony Berry, principal of The Berry Companies. “But what we’re seeing more and more as people head into their second fifty years is, they’ve done the ownership thing, and now they want to be able to enjoy a lifestyle that’s simple, maintenance-free, and doesn’t tie up or deplete their retirement savings. That’s why we’ve seen such strong response to what we’re offering at Revel at Carolina Park.”

Forget the Car – This is Golf Cart Country

Peachtree City, Georgia is the Leave It To Beaver town complete with manicured lawns, friendly neighbors, and tree-lined sidewalks, but what sets this charming community apart is its reputation as the “golf cart city.” With over 90 miles of the paved pathway linking residents to shops, restaurants, and green spaces, it’s not unusual to see people pulling into their driveways in golf carts filled with groceries instead of clubs, or taking open-air joy rides through nature. Named one of the best places to retire by U.S News & Money Magazine, Peachtree City has the kind of sweet tea on the porch Southern lifestyle that active adults can sink their roots into.

Resort Style to High Rise: How Do You Decide?

Navigating the active adult living housing market is like choosing between your favorite menu items, do you want the swimming pool, your own golf club, or the Friday night happy hour? Many offer it all, some are simplistic. Age targeted, or age-restricted is a matter of personal preference whether you’d rather be surrounded by your age peers, or hang out with the younger generation. What these lifestyle communities do have in common is nobody’s sitting around, and if a vacation every day of the week is your idea of a good time, there are plenty of options for that too. If you asked most homeowners how they’re enjoying their retirement, they’ll probably say retiree status is on the far distant horizon. These folks are on the go whether they’re out hiking, dancing, or training for the Tour De France, so rocking chairs are pretty much obsolete.