No, I haven't fallen off the edge of the blogosphere, I've just been enjoying an abundance of travel. I recently jumped at a discount travel company's offer to go luxuriate for a week in Mexico at at an all-inclusive resort.
What's the difference between retirement and a week at an all-inclusive resort? You don't have to cook your own breakfast at the all-inclusive resort.
I have not been on an all-inclusive trip since Club Med nearly three decades ago. I booked it because it was cheap. I thought I might hate it.
I didn't hate it at all.
Many people are worried that when they retire they might hate retirement. They are worried that they might be bored. Like those people, I thought I might be bored spending an entire week reading books, drinking Margaritas, and taking sunset strolls on the beach.
I think that might be the difference between Americans and Canadians.
More than half of the readers of this blog are Canadian. The rest are from the U.S. and other countries. I get lots of emails from happy retirees, most of whom are from Canada and countries other than the U.S. I also get emails from those that are afraid of boredom in retirement. The majority of these are from folks in the U.S.
Which brings me to the all-inclusive resort where I thought I might be bored but I wasn't. Everyone that I met there was from Canada. Everyone. I did not meet a single person at this resort that was from the United States.
Is there something about Canadians that makes them unafraid of retirement and all-inclusive resorts? Is there something about American culture that causes an irrational fear of boredom when engaging in activities that are supposed to be fun?
I don't know, but if you get a chance to enjoy an all-inclusive week in the sun, or a chance to retire, I recommend both. Just remember, in retirement, you have to cook your own breakfast.