My name is Joanne, and I am a 67 year old traveler, mother, grandmother, and good friend to some wonderfully patient people. I’ve lived in 8 countries and have traveled to about 35 or so (I honestly haven’t counted recently). My father worked construction itinerantly as I grew up, so moving and work almost seemed like a natural combination. I was born to my peripatetic life. But it is time to find a place to at least consider a home base, and that is what my blog is about.

After a life time of work that included waitressing, bar-tending, construction work, professional cooking and university teaching, I’ve arrived at a time of more freedom, and very limited finances. I now am living on my Social Security and a tiny bit of savings. I’ve lived abroad for 14 years, and I can’t imagine moving back to the US to try to survive on $1300 a month, so I am now looking for home and I hope I find it (a tip of the hat to Janis).

I’m currently traveling in South America to check out retirement possibilities here. There are many websites devoted to convincing us that it will be easy to retire on little money and live the life of Riley (you have to be at least retirement age to get that reference), but I’ve decided to see for myself, and share what I learn with my readers.

My plan is to form this into a site where reliable information about retiring abroad on a very limited budget is discussed and explored. I’ll be searching for useful websites and blogs and posting what I find to be honest and reliable information. I’ll also post about my own experiences in various countries and creating a check list for places to help sort what is right for me and for others.

For the next year or two, I’ll spend some time in different destinations to get a real feel for them. Follow me on my travels and my research here. My efforts and follies promise to be at least entertaining, and hopefully informative.

So, here’s to the great adventure of being old and free.

My new tag line is courtesy of Carol A. Hand, “But she can fly, She can fly, Anywhere she’d care to roam, And call anywhere her home” (Cheryl Dawdy, Frou-Frou Music, BMI)

18 thoughts on “About

  1. $1300 = 86014.44 Indian Rupee. That’s a hefty pay packet for a single person. I have supported my single-parent sister and her four kids on a quarter or less that amount.

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  2. Yes, in The US it would be hard to keep a minimal roof over my head and eat, let alone get medical care. In probably most of the rest of the world, outside parts of Europe and the US, this is a reasonable to generous amount of money. I realize my good fortune. Thanks for the comment.

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  3. Thank you for your about me page. It’s nice meeting you. Thank you for your decision to follow my blog. 🙂

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  4. So Very Shades of Marigold Hotel~~without Dame Judy – this time you are starring in the Lifetime Movie! Cheers!

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  5. Interesting premise for your blog – thank you, and thanks for following mine.

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  6. I’m intrigued! A Bird With Wings is such a fabulous name for your blog. Looking forward to seeing what your research uncovers. Cheers, Meg!


  7. I so admire your spirit of curiosity and adventure, Velissima. Your new about section reminds me of the words of a song about a little chickadee. “But she can fly, She can fly, Anywhere she’d care to roam, And call anywhere her home” (Cheryl Dawdy, Frou-Frou Music, BMI). I look forward reading about your travels and insights.

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