We were struck by two very different stories this week about trends in retirement. An article in today’s New York Times describes the adventure of two retirees – so-called “senior nomads” – who downsized their possessions, rented out their townhouse and are traveling the world, living in various Airbnb apartments. For them, “home” changes every couple of weeks as they immerse themselves in a culture, then move on, gypsy-like, to the next experience.
This story in USA Today, on the other hand, examines the “nesting” trend of retirees – the idea of aging in place in “the best home(s) of their lives.” This approach doesn’t preclude travel, but speaks to the comfort and satisfaction most older adults feel about their current homes and communities. For these retirees, moving would be an option only if it meant being closer to family.
So, which will it be for you? The nomadic life where home becomes wherever you hang your hat? Nesting in the house you and your family have grown to love? Or, an exciting combination of both? Only you can decide. Whichever option you choose will take planning, planning and more planning to make your transition successful. Don’t know where to start? Taking the Fit-To-Retire assessment is a great first step.