Next-Stagers With A Plan
Nov. 2, 2014, Paris, France: Laying the groundwork for retirement
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
Overnight, I traveled, with my children, from Panama City to Paris. Not a bad trip now thanks to Air France's new direct-flight schedule. In Paris for the week, we have several agendas, some personal, some business, and one that has reminded Lief and me that we are now two-and-a-half years out from flipping the switch to our long-term plan.
For the past 17 years, Lief and I have been identifying and then positioning pieces of our eventual "retirement." We don't plan ever to retire, not in the conventional sense. What would we do with ourselves if we didn't get up each morning and draft a dispatch to you, dear reader?
For us, retirement will be transitioning to what for us qualifies as the ultimate lifestyle—one of perpetual motion. We like to move around, and we appreciate change and contrast. As parents of school-aged children, our moving around has been dictated, all these years, by school calendars. We've been based in one place, where our children have gone to school—first Ireland, then Paris, now Panama City—and we've planned our travels around their breaks.
When our son, Jackson, now 14, graduates high school, then Lief and I will be able to come and go as we like. We are now two-and-a-half years away from that event. For me, the realization is bittersweet. Sure, it'll be nice to be able to hit the road when we want, to wander where we want, as often as we want, and to stay in each place as long as we'd like. On the other hand, I admit that I'm not looking forward to the day our petit dernier (little last one) walks out the door and into the world.