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Medical Tourism at Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital
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Medical Tourism at Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital

The two biggest obstacles to financial independence are inflation and healthcare -- yet military veterans and retirees seem to have more options for dealing with inflation. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives the American medical system a strong incentive to reduce expenses. The military Tricare ...

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Lifestyles In Retirement: Bangkok
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Lifestyles In Retirement: Bangkok

Last month our Ohana Nords enjoyed a three-week family vacation in Bangkok. I'll describe what we saw and learned, and another post will go into the details of my "medical tourism" trip through Bumrungrad Hospital. If you're seeking your financial independence through a lower cost of living, this is one of Asia's best ...

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RV Life, A Few Things To Consider
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RV Life, A Few Things To Consider

This is a guest post by Henry Buell. (If you’re interested in writing a guest post, please see our guest posting guidelines.) Finishing a deployment can be rough - even if it wasn't combat oriented. This is especially true if it's your last deployment and you're looking down the long road of retirement. The ...

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Lifestyles in Hawaii: Hawaii Island (the Big Island)
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Lifestyles in Hawaii: Hawaii Island (the Big Island)

Let's take your mind off your tax returns for a more interesting fantasy subject. A reader writes: "Hi Nords - my spouse and I are thinking of moving to the Big Island for early retirement. I spent time working in Hawaii during my career and absolutely loved it. We are thinking of taking a risk and moving to an ...

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Guest Post Wednesday: “Thinking of Retiring Abroad?  Buy Homes in Costa Rica! Check Out A ‘Dual Guide’ On What You Need to Know!”
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Guest Post Wednesday: “Thinking of Retiring Abroad? Buy Homes in Costa Rica! Check Out A ‘Dual Guide’ On What You Need to Know!”

"Are you thinking of retiring abroad to enjoy ‘the good life’ after decades of dedicated, back-breaking labor, and you want to know how Costa Rica real estate is doing?" (Editor's note:  Today's Guest Post Wednesday features an unusual spin on financial independence.  The expert who's interviewed for this post spent ...

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Lifestyles in Hawaii: “Naked on the beach”
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Lifestyles in Hawaii: “Naked on the beach”

(Sorry about that cheesy title. As a writer, I couldn't resist the double entendre. As a blogger, I couldn't resist the SEO. I assure you that the spammers will punish me for my transgressions...) Hey, it's Labor Day, and you're probably not going to read this post until you're back at work the next day... or at ...

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Good reasons NOT to live in Hawaii
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Good reasons NOT to live in Hawaii

A reader writes: I've read many of your posts and links about military retirement in Hawaii. It's not something we had considered previously, but it sounds pretty good. Apart from the high cost of real estate, what are the pitfalls? We are a pretty frugal couple, so I don't think the excise tax would be too bad for ...

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Lifestyles in early retirement: Hawaii long-term travel
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Lifestyles in early retirement: Hawaii long-term travel

    Last week's post on long-term retirement travel talked about different air & lodging resources for seeing the world. I've also added several military websites to the sidebar "Travel links" section. Like blogger Jan suggested a couple of weeks ago, it's a great area for showing advertising from ...

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Lifestyles in early retirement: long-term travel
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Lifestyles in early retirement: long-term travel

    Veteran blogger Janette from "Ground Level in Kansas" offered her feedback on the "WordAds" post about types of ads that readers want from this site: I come here not only for me (spouse of retired Army), but for my kids (Marine family and Army family). 20 years in-- we knew nothing of MOAA, Military ...

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Lifestyles in military retirement: Las Vegas
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Lifestyles in military retirement: Las Vegas

  (Gosh, I can't wait to see what sort of spam is attracted to that title...) A couple of weeks ago we spent four nights in Las Vegas. It's been eight years since our last trip there, and it'll probably be another decade before we "need" to go back. Mainland readers of this blog might not know that Las Vegas ...

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Lifestyles in Military Retirement: Living in Hawaii
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Lifestyles in Military Retirement: Living in Hawaii

It must be that time of year again. It's chilly on the Mainland so people's thoughts turn to warm tropical breezes, warm beaches, warm surf, and warm sunshine. Yeah, I know, I'm killin' ya. I won't talk about how it gets so cold on the North Shore in winter surf that I have to wear a 3mm neoprene shorty rashguard just ...

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Lifestyles in military retirement: Napili Bay
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Lifestyles in military retirement: Napili Bay

Here in Hawaii, we occasionally see frenzied vacation behavior from Mainland visitors who only have a week or two. They'll race around to "do" everything on Oahu in a few days, and then charge on to a neighbor island to complete the rest of their checklist. They'll scurry from a cultural attraction to a shopping ...

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