RE0019: Too Old to Skydive?

Jim Moir Photo of Jim Moir who talks about how to Skydive in retirement.doesn’t think that he’s too old to skydive.

Henry had a conversation with Jim and found out that Jim used to skydive competitively.  When he retired he said he was obviously too old for competition because the youngsters thrash him.

Jim couldn’t just retire from skydiving though, so he redirected the skills and experience he had built up over decades.

So he’s still involved in the sport he loves.

Henry follows Jim’s progress in life and parachuting, from beginner to competitor to champion and instructor.  Not only does Jim like to parachute out of airplanes, but he also taught his wife to skydive.  She went from a novice to a champion skydiver in under two years.

Jim lives in Melbourne, Australia, as do many of Henry’s guests.  They go over what equipment you need.  Henry and Jim talk about why you can skydive at any age. They talk about the great innovations in the sport.  And why age doesn’t matter.  Do you want a heart stopping feeling of exhilaration?  Try skydiving.  At any age.

But that’s not all.

Even if you aren’t interested in jumping out of an airplane, listen to Jim and Henry talk about how you can use your skills to make your retirement great.  The camaraderie of continuing a sport or an activity into retirement can make the activity worthwhile.

During the interview Jim mentions flying with a wing suit.  If you have never seen this, watch this YouTube video to get you excited, or shake your head in horror.

How can you apply Jim’s suggestion of extending your hard won experience to your retirement?  Let us know with a comment in the reply box below.

Cruising in Retirement: Episode 75

Photo about Cruising in Retirement with Donna ClarkThinking of cruising in retirement? Check out Cruise Critic!

As most of you know, I recently went on a cruise, and while I was there, I met Donna Clark. I just had to interview her for the show to talk about Cruise Critic! Donna doesn’t work for this website…she just thinks it’s pretty awesome and so do I!  And no, they are not paying me to say this!  (But they should…right? Ha!)

http://CruiseCritic.com is the most extraordinary place to go to find volumes of information and helps keep you cruising in retirement.

This website is a valuable tool for anyone looking into cruising or on a cruise. You can find things such as:

  • Member reviews of cruises
  • Reviews of ships
  • Reviews of staterooms on the ships
  • Port reviews
  • Sometimes they will have professional reviews along with member reviews
  • Excursion reviews
  • Finding a cruise
  • Browsing destinations and deals and much… much more!

You can become a member of cruisecritic and there are some great benefits to this.

Community Page: When you click on the community page and select your cruise line, it is like a bulletin board. People will post questions and anyone can answer them. There is a ton of information!

Roll Call: You can find the actual cruise you are going to be on. Once you click on that, you can talk to other people that are going to be on your ship.

Another benefit of Roll Call is the ability to set up private tours.There are quite a few great things about private tours

  • Fewer people so you get to know the people in your group better
  • Less waiting
  • More of what YOU want to do
  • The only real downside of private tours is if you have a fear (like I do) of getting back to the ship on time before it takes off! Most private tour companies will guarantee you will be back on time, though.  You can research private tours through the magic of Google as well!

Cruisecritic group party- Who doesn’t love a good party? Member will receive a special invitation to what is often referred to as a “meet and mingle”. So fun!.

All of this great information and the best part…it’s totally FREE!

Website: www.cruisecritic.com

If you would like to download our Free Report, Secrets about Retirement your Broker won’t tell you! just go to: www.RockYourRetirement.com/Secrets

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

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RE0018: RVing across Australia

Photo of Rod Holt who is RVing across Australia with his wife Tina.Rod and Tina Holt wanted to explore Australia after working hard physical labor all their lives.

They decided on a life on the road in a RV, known as a caravan in Australia.  Now they are RVing across Australia.

Rod, being very independent loves the freedom of the wide open road, not to mention the absence of stress!

But just how do you start to live the RV life?

Henry and Rod had a great discussion about living this lifestyle, caravaning and how free it feels.  He asked them how they started (after all, moving into such a tiny movable space isn’t something that you do every day for sure!)  The Holts started small.  They new that they needed to acclimate themselves to this lifestyle so they started with short trips to get acquainted with living in an RV, and then they decided to see every corner of Australia.  That’s when they began RVing across Australia.

During the interview Henry gets them to discuss issues such as:

  • How to choose the right RV for you
  • Important issues to look for
  • Where to store your RV
  • How to stay safe on the road
  • The pleasures of going where ever you want to go

Rod took control of his life at an early age, and this allowed Tina and him to design a life around their own priorities.  They were more concerned about their lifestyle than getting a good education and then working for the rest of their lives.

Rod cares more about freedom, meeting new people, and exploring!

If you want to learn more about how to include RVing into your Retirement lifestye, or how you can actually live in an RV, check out Rock Your Retirement Episode 48, How to Live in an RV.

What about you?

Tell us about your experiences in an RV in the comments below.

 

 

Sustainable Tourism: Episode 074

Photo of Diane Valenti Episode 76Diane Valenti loves to travel and is especially enthusiastic about philanthropic and sustainable travel.

She is the founder of Llama Expeditions, which gives private guided trips to South America. These trips are for the young at heart who looking for life changing perspectives. Oh, and for her 9-5 corporate job, she consults with Fortune 500 companies to design learning experiences that help employees reach their potential at work.

In 2008 Diane and her father took a trip to Machu Pichu to fulfill one of his bucket list items. It was a magical experience that really moved her. Diane decided she wanted to create these experiences for others.

With each tour she makes a donation, and she also gives the opportunity for her guests to donate.

She chooses the organizations who get her philanthropic attention by researching them at Idealist.  Diane wants to leave a trace…but the right kind of trace.

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This is not what some people call “voluntourism”.  These groups are not painting walls, only for the next group to repaint them.  (Yes this happens!)

These are trips where you really get to know the people.  And you get to see that your donation makes a difference.

And that’s how you can participate in sustainable tourism.  It’s Philanthropic tourism at it’s best.

Today’s Freebie:  The Traveler’s Guide to Changing the World which you can find by going to http://RockYourRetirement.com/Travel

You can reach her at http://llamaexpeditions.com

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

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RE:017 Why are Life Stories Important?

Photo of Janella Hodgson who helps tell the life stories of those who are dying.Why are life stories important?

There are things in the world that most folks just don’t think about.

Maybe till it is too late.

Janella Hodgson records the life stories of people as they approach the end of their life. Maybe they are terminally ill, or maybe they are simply aged and worn out.

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She is a volunteer for Eastern Palliative Care, which is an organization that provides Palliative and Hospice services.  These include home and nursing care  to recording and transcribing the stories of people who have moved beyond medical help.

People want their story told.  You’ll find out their motivation, their reactions, and why Janella wanted to be a voluntary biographer.

You’ll find answers to the question “Why are life stories important?”.

Interestingly, for the biographer a successful outcome for their work is not necessarily a published biography, nor is that the over-riding purpose of this program. But you are going to have to listen to the interview to sort that out.

Eastern Palliative Care is always looking for more biographers. They provide effective guidelines and comprehensive training to their volunteers to ensure their clients are safe and respected. This is obviously not something that appeals to the masses, but if you are one of those special people with empathy and a few skills, you can find more information by clicking on the link below and working your way to ‘Volunteers’ which you will find under the ‘Supporting EPC’ tag in the menu.

And as an aside, you may be able to contact a hospice or palliative care agency in your area to see if they are looking for volunteers to do this type of work where you live.

What do you think about these types of programs?  Is this something you could do?  Have you told your story yet?  Did your loved one get to tell his life story?  Let us know in the comments below!

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