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 016: Captain of the Ship

Rob Anderson tells us about his captain of the ship(s) days.If you go to sea at fifteen, by sixty five you will have seen and learned a few things.

Rob Anderson certainly has.

They didn’t talk about what Rob is doing in retirement. But they did have a hilarious discussion about his experiences as the Captain or First Mate of the various ships he has worked on.

He tells of experiences like towing oil rigs, and doing duty as the medical officer.  There were burials at sea, and a story about what happens when you are shaving without any clothes on while travelling in rough seas. Henry challenges us to guess how that turned out. There were plenty of other stories but you know how colorful a captain of the ship can be, so Henry couldn’t air those stories.  Ha!

In the later part of the show they talk about the times Rob was the Captain of the ship, “Sea Shepherd” and he was also captain of the ship the “Steve Irwin”.

Sea Shepherd is the organization whose ships deliberately challenge the Japanese whaling fleet while they slaughter hundreds of whales in the name of scientific research. It was at this point that Rob became seriously serious.

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If you are interested in conservation on land or sea, then you can possibly work with Greenpeace.   Note:  We aren’t recommending them, we are just giving you the information!  You can also visit The Sea Shepherd website. You can get involved, donate, or purchase Sea Shepherd items.

Rob mentions that you can go on board the “Steve Irwin” when it is in dock at Williamstown, talk to the folks, and maybe arrange to sail with them if appropriate.  (This is for you Aussies!  Can I call you Aussies?  I’m not sure of the protocol here.)

Join the discussion below.  Let us know about your own ship activities and conservation efforts!

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What he is saying now about Volunteering in Mongolia: RE004

Jenny and Stan volunteering in Mongolia

Jenny and Stan volunteering in Mongolia

In this episode of Retired Excited, Henry interviews Stan Brown.

Stan tells how his wife Jenny wanted to volunteer overseas to help others. He didn’t care about volunteering in Mongolia so he didn’t go….at first.

He missed his wife so finally after a few months he followed her to the orphanage where she was the health officer.  That’s when his adventures began.

Now Stan has some very sound advice for people considering volunteering in Mongolia.

  • Go with a reputable and recognized agency.
  • Obtain as much information as you can about the agency and it’s programs before you go.  Talk to people who have volunteered through that agency.  Get the fact of how it really plays out, not what the brochure promises.
  • Be sure you understand the details.  This includes your accommodation, pay, food, insurance and so on.
  • Also be sure to understand the procedure of what happens in case of an emergency.
  • Be sure to understand your obligations to the agency and your host country, as well as their relationship to you.  Stan mentioned that some volunteers could not hack the simple living conditions on site, and were eager to go home.
  • Perhaps the most important advice Stan and Jenny give prospective volunteers concerns your attitude.  Do NOT go overseas believing that you are going to “save the world”, and expect to be honored by a grateful community.

Go to provide what help you can.  Try to fit in with the local customs, laws and reality of the situation.  You are going to eat what the locals eat, drink what the locals drink, and dance when the locals dance.  The drink in Mongolia included a mildly alcoholic brew of fermented milk boiled up in a big pot.  You are going to have the local standard of washing facilities and accommodation.

If that doesn’t sound good… don’t go.

On the other hand Stan and Jenny absolutely loved their time in Mongolia, loved the people, loved the country and would go back in a heartbeat.  They have volunteered in other places since that trip, and enjoyed every experience.

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track
  • Les Briney who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Lesinda Tubalado who helps keep the website up to date
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU the listener for sharing on social media, and telling your friends about it

Retired Excited: Learn to Ride a Motorcycle Later in Life: RE002

Leda Sant says learn to ride a motorcycle later in life

Leda Sant says learn to ride a motorcycle later in life

Henry Shapiro interviews Leda Sant who wanted to learn to ride a Motorcycle later in life.

Leda had worked in the freight department for Qantas, and told us about some interesting things about working there.  She needed to understand what could fit in the freight area of the airplane.  Henry shared that he used to be a deer farmer and that they moved them via planes.  Leda said that every day at Qantas was a different day, and she even moved a small aircraft inside another airplane!

Retired twice, because of boredom, she knew she had to have something to keep her busy.

Her second retirement was planned so that her husband would retire, but that’s not happened as of the recording of the episode! She indicated that retirement lifestyle includes activities to keep your mind alert and to keep physical.  Start ticking things off your bucket list.  One of those for Leda was to learn to ride a motorcycle later in life.

She started riding at 45 with menopause (about 14 years now). She said it keep her mind active because you have to be alert when you are riding a bike. Henry learned how to ride when he was 18.  He rode until he was 22 and stopped when he got married.  He met Leda and started riding again when he was 62.

They discussed the following:

  • Women on Motorcycles
  • Riding in Thailand, Vietnam, and Tasmania
  • Health Benefits of riding a Motorcycle
  • Learning how to Ride
  • Benefits of Motorcycle clubs
  • Staying Safe
  • BMW F 800
  • BMW 1200
  • Harley Davidson (for short rides)
  • Mentors
  • Falling
  • Riding in the Rain
  • Fingernails
  • Size of your Bike
  • Being Time Poor (Leda’s business)

During the interview Leda mentioned that men’s brains were in boxes, which caused Henry to say bzzz.  Ninety nine percent of you will probably be wondering what that is all about.  It comes from a hilarious YouTube clip about the difference between men and women.  Here is the link, I guarantee you will like it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XjUFYxSxDk

If you think you want to learn to ride a motorcycle later in life, here are some links:

  • Ulysses Club  :  http://www.ulyssesclub.org/
  • Motorcycle safety information.  I learned a heap from this site.  :  http://www.msgroup.org/default.aspx
  • Twist of the Wrist:
  • For clubs in your area just search ‘motorcycle club + your suburb’ in Google or Facebook.  Social motorbike clubs will always welcome new members and help inexperienced riders.

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track
  • Les Briney who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Lesinda Tubalado who helps keep the website up to date
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU the listener for sharing on social media, and telling your friends about it

There is always something new to learn: Ep. 56

Aimee Davis says there is always something new to learn

Aimee Davis says there is always something new to learn

Aimee Davis began her role as director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Diego State University in October 2015. She has been working as a director for SDSU for three years in the College of Extended Studies after having worked for San Diego Hospice for 9 years as a volunteer coordinator and program manager. Aimee is passionate about providing meaningful experiences through lifelong learning to students 50 and better. Through OLLI at SDSU’s vibrant and diverse learning community, Aimee works to provide about 125 new course offerings every year – from art history and music to politics and religion – there is always something new to learn!

This is learning for the sake of learning and is strictly for fun…

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OLLI courses are very reasonably priced and membership is only $30 per semester for new members and $25 per semester for renewing members. Membership is not required, but there are some good benefits to having one.

  • Early registration the following semester (so you get to register before everyone else and get first dibs on seats for the most popular courses that tend to sell out quickly)
  • Exclusive access to book clubs
  • Plus the cost of the membership goes towards all courses, lectures, and edventures. What are edventures? These are various offsite learning events including things like a Culture and cuisine series or The Old Globe – Sense and Sensibility.

Yes, at OLLI there is always something new to learn.

However, it’s more than learning. You can also volunteer. There are various committees people volunteer for. This includes the “curriculum and instructor community where volunteers give feed back and on courses and instructors. There are also opportunities to help with events and marketing.

Aimee says the classes build learning, connections and friendships!

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire? If you haven’t already, learn to say no! Once people find out you’re retiring they start to ask for your help with all sorts of things.  It’s easy to get pulled in a lot of different directions. Here at OLLI we have lots different volunteer opportunities and our students have so much experience and talent to bring to the table. But I’m always careful to check-in with people and make sure they don’t feel any pressure to help.

What advice would you give to a retiree who feels stuck? Take time to learn about who you are as a person right now. What are you passionate about? What brings you joy and energy? Figure out what those things are and spend your time doing that.

Contact information: 619-594-2863 * osher@mail.sdsu.edu * http://neverstoplearning.net/olli

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