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Check Out These Great Retirement Destinations for Seniors

Check Out These Great Retirement Destinations for Seniors

After spending most of their lives tied down to one location because of work or family, many seniors are itching to get out and finally do all the travelling that they’ve always had on their minds. With their time in the workforce finished and the kids all grown up with lives of their own, today’s seniors are free to go where they please. Where exactly is that?

The usual top vacation destinations are either old hats for most seniors or they don’t cater to their needs. Instead check out these awesome retirement destinations for seniors!

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Rio de Janeiro

Although it was just recently the host of the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio has been a major tourist city for years thanks to its exotic culture, spicy nightlife, and endless beaches. What pushes it onto this list, however, are the steps that city officials have taken to make the region safer for travelers, in preparation for the international presence that the Olympics brings.

Rio-bound seniors should bring plenty of sunscreen and try going during the Brazilian summer (June 21st through September 21st) in order to beat the worst of the heat. A well-timed vacation can see travelers enjoying very temperate 70 to 80 degree weather, great for seniors who are trying to stay healthy when they travel abroad. Activities in Rio include exploring the local food culture, Brazil being famous for its grilled meats, hiking up to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, or playing beach volleyball on the pristine white sand. If you’re looking for something a little less strenuous, metal detecting on the beach might be right up your alley. Perhaps some of that Portuguese gold is still around?

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Iceland

And now for something completely different… Iceland isn’t one of the usual suspects when it comes to travelling in Europe, but it is literally the safest country in the world. This will be especially meaningful to seniors with a life insurance plan who are looking to retire abroad without seeing their insurance premiums shoot through the roof.

If you come for the safety, you’ll stay for the vastly underestimated destination. Contrary to popular belief, Iceland is not actually covered in ice. The climate is quite nice overall and many northern American cities find themselves getting colder in the winter than the Icelandic capital of Reykjavík. Iceland is also home to some of the most stunning natural vistas in the world, thanks to its relatively recent history of volcanic activity. (Don’t worry, eruptions happen miles from civilization and are known by scientists well in advance.)

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Korea

Many seniors have likely visited Japan at least once of their lives, either as tourists or for work. Although it’s seen as the Jewel of the east, Japan’s northern neighbor has every bit of the culture and beautiful scenery without the mad tourist dash and the cookie cutter vacation plans. Fans of spicy food will be at home in Korea, where spicy kimchi is practically the national dish and chili peppers find their way into most other foods.

It’s not just the food and the freshly booming city of Seoul that you should check out, though. Busan’s great beaches and the rocky mountains, located directly north of the capital city are just the beginning of the wonderful nature experience that the country has to offer. Just make sure that you take your camera along to photograph your travels.

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Adelaide

Australia is a perfect destination for North American travelers who don’t want to go too far out of their comfort zone. Australia mixes the excitement and adventure of travel abroad with many of the comforts of home. Everyone there speaks English and the food will be a lot like what you’re used to back home, but with a few Australian twists. Plus, Adelaide’s climate is making it the California for Australian wine. Anyone thinking about starting up their own wine cellar has got to pick up a few bottles from here.

As soon as travelers leave the City, they will be reminded that they’re not in Kansas anymore. Beautiful southern hemisphere beaches are available to the north, south, and west, although Adelaide is sheltered from the worst elements of being an oceanside city by strategic placement in the Gulf St Vincent. A taste of the Australian outback is available just to the east, where the desert quickly takes over.

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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