10 Amazing Retirement Locations, My Podcast Debut, and Living the Hallmark Christmas Movie Experience

Leaf covered path bridge

My mind is definitely wandering toward travel if these links are any indication. I think it’s the knowledge that winter is upon us up north and I will be seeing way more of the inside of my home. This dread coupled with the promise of a vaccine before too long has me thinking about the next trip. What I’ve been reading:


Retirement

Find out where you measure up when it comes to 401k savings – (U.S. News & World Report)

If you reach $1 million in your 401k by the time you retire, you’ll be ahead of the pack by many multiples. Start saving aggressively, and increase the amount every year. If you can meet the 401k max, you’ll be in good shape.

 

The top 10 countries to retire in – (Business Insider)

Have you ever dreamed about retiring overseas? It’s never too early to start scoping out potential locations.


Investments

I had the privilege of joining Kyle Hill, CFP®, on his podcast – Personal Finance from the Hill-Top. We talk about the basics of stocks, bonds, diversification, and more.


Travel

It’s going to be a long winter – embrace it! – (The Washington Post)

“Friluftsliv…translates to open-air living and exemplifies the tradition of making time outdoors part of daily life — whatever the season.” Take it from the Norwegians, because they know how to do cold. When you get tired of the indoors this winter, make the outdoors your friend.

19 hotels you’ll want to book just for the bathtub – (The Points Guy)

I haven’t take a bath in 40 years. Yes, I said it! I’m solidly in the shower camp, but I could change my mind if I had these views.

Towns to visit in Pennsylvania if you want to feel as if you’ve been dropped into a Hallmark Christmas Movie – (Travel Awaits)

This might not be the best year for a Hallmark Christmas Movie experience, but save this link somewhere special, and when travel conditions improve, you’ll have a Christmas destination mapped out.


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    David Tuzzolino, CFA, CFP®, is the Founder and CEO of PathBridge Financial, a firm that specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for clients that are nearing retirement and love to travel.

    How Much Do You Need to Retire (and Travel), What Makes You Happy in Retirement, and Soup – Links

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    Now that Halloween and Election Day have passed, is it too early to put up the Christmas tree? The old stand-by of waiting until Thanksgiving is over doesn’t seem to make sense in 2020. 

    The most common question I hear from people who reach out to my firm is – “How much do I need to retire?” I walk you through the process for do-it-yourselfers who want a quick answer. Also included below, the best of what I’ve been reading on retirement, travel, and, yes, soup. 


    Retirement

    How Much Do I Need to Retire (and Travel Like Royalty)? – (PBF)

    I walk you through a quick-and-dirty way of coming up with your number, using readily available online retirement calculators. If you’ve ever asked yourself – “How much do I need to retire?”, this is the article for you. If you enjoy traveling, I also discuss why it’s crucial to incorporate travel expenses into your budget before and after retirement.

    Over 55? Your retirement is more uncertain than ever before – (Forbes)

    It’s a warm and fuzzy feeling when you have a well-developed comprehensive financial plan. That is until your age 65 retirement suddenly, and without your consent, is forced upon you a decade early. Moral: always plan for retirement conservatively, erring on the side of an earlier than expected retirement. You may not have to retire at 55, but it’s nice to be prepared if it’s forced upon you.

    What makes you happy in retirement according to financial advisors? – (U.S. News & World Report)

    No earth-shattering surprises here, but a good reminder that it’s a mix of financial and social factors that will make you happy in retirement. If you ignore either side, your happiness will likely suffer.


    Travel

    Holiday Travel Report – (ThePointsGuy)

    Are you traveling for the holidays? Mix a little Mad Max with ER. Ok, it’s probably not going to be that bad, but I have to imagine stress will be elevated even more than usual, and everyone will be concerned about health.

    Financial Independence / Abbreviated Retirement – (New York Pilot)

    Think mini-retirement coupled with life-changing adventure. I believe we’re going to see a huge spike in this once the coronavirus is under control. We are all learning the valuable lesson of not waiting to do things you love. Do it now; you might not have a second chance.


    Soup

    26 soup ideas for the upcoming winter from around the world – (MSN)

    It’s that time of year! Are you ready to get your soup on! If you’re looking for ideas, here are 26 recipes to keep you warm.


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    David Tuzzolino, CFA, CFP®, is the Founder and CEO of PathBridge Financial, a firm that specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for clients that are nearing retirement and love to travel.

    A Haunted Hotel, How to Deal With an Unexpected Retirement, and 34 of the Best Travel Podcasts – Links

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    The next week is going to be action-packed with Halloween and the election. Take some time this weekend, turn off the onslaught of political ads, and enjoy the first full moon in 76 years! Enjoy it while you can, because you’ll be waiting for nineteen years to see the next one. Happy Halloween!


    Retirement

    “Paying too much attention to politics can be harmful to your wealth.” – (Forbes)

    Elections can be stressful times, and the stock market has a history of volatility during times of perceived uncertainty. However, if you’re investing for the long haul, you have nothing to worry about.


    Unexpected Retirement – (Vanguard)

    Unfortunately, many people don’t work as long as they had planned – especially given today’s coronavirus-fueled layoffs. Vanguard has put together a solid list of steps to take if this happens to you.


    Early Retirement – Steps to Take – (Forbes)

    Planning is easier when it’s broken into two phases – pre and post-retirement.


    Travel

    Staying in a Haunted Hotel – The Terror and the Humor – (PBF)

    Happy Halloween! Ever stay in a haunted hotel all alone? This is my story.


    34 of the best travel podcasts – (Travel Massive)

    If you’re looking for a travel podcast, I got you covered!


    Would you fly if everyone on the plane is tested for COVID before takeoff? – (CNBC)

    A vaccine would be fantastic, but small things like rapid-results testing add up and might be just as important to getting life back to normal.


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    David Tuzzolino, CFA, CFP®, is the Founder and CEO of PathBridge Financial, a firm that specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for clients that are nearing retirement and love to travel.

    The Problem with Living on Social Security Alone, Longevity and Retirement Savings Disconnect, and Missing the Airport – Links

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    I know you have other things on your mind right now, but don’t forget about retirement planning. If your only income is from social security, it’s going to be a lean ride.

    Are you missing the airport? Yeah, me too. There’s something about the energy, the potential, the anticipation of the next adventure.


    Retirement

    Can you live on social security alone? – (USA Today)

    Of course, it depends. But if you do, don’t expect much extravagance in your life. How you can supplement your retirement savings.


    The retirement savings disconnect – (Barrons)

    “Americans’ optimism about their longevity comes at a time when planning for retirement has become more complex.”

    Along with this longevity comes a healthier and more active retirement. Make sure your savings keep up with this new reality.


    Travel

    A lifelong traveler takes a journey inward – (The Washington Post)

    I hope that we will be able to travel, interact with, and witness the world again shortly. When we do, it will certainly seem strange. But when has travel not been strange?


    There’s a second wave of COVID-19, so be careful where you travel – (Chriselliotts.com)

    Use common sense and avoid crowds. The article contains some useful links if you’re researching a location. It’s going to be a long winter, folks.


    Missing the airport – (The Points Guy)

    I miss the buzz of an airport. I miss the mass of people in motion to see loved ones or going on vacation. I miss the anticipation of far-flung destinations. Now, if I could only get there without going through a metal detector.  


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    Fall Foliage 2020

    A covered path bridge surrounded by an explosion of color fall foliage

    Fall is in the air and I’m in planning mode for a socially-distanced tour of Gettysburg. We should be treated to a colorful ride as we head east out of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania is known for having the longest fall foliage season on earth so I became inspired and put together a short fall-foliage resource guide. Retirement links will return next week. 


    Travel

    This travel portion is all about fall foliage. I am planning a trip and it’s just about the perfect time of year to see the changing colors in Pennsylvania. My apologies to everyone that missed the peak season in their area, as I am a little late with this.

    Fall foliage map – (Smokymountains)

    A phenomenal map of the entire United States that predicts the best time to travel to each area. You can change dates to move forward in time, and the map shows detail down to the county level.  The site also has some basic science on the entire process. Memorize it, so you don’t look like a fool when a three-year-old asks you about Chlorophyll.


    A guide to every state’s fall colors – (tripsavvy)

    Every state’s peak time and the colors expected to make an appearance are listed. Each state’s fall foliage hotline is also listed – who knew such a thing existed?


    Places to see stunning fall colors – (Recreation.gov)

    Which locations are worth visiting? Here’s a list with national parks heavily represented.


    11 fall foliage road trips to take in 2020 – (Jetsetter)

    If it’s epic road trips you prefer, here’s eleven of them that won’t disappoint. Make sure you talk someone else into driving, so you don’t miss a thing.


    Planning a Trip During a Pandemic – It Just Might Make You Feel Better – (PBF)

    My research for this Gettysburg trip is what motivated me to compile articles on fall foliage. Are you feeling down? Try planning a trip; it will likely make you feel better.


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    The Vanlife, the Emergency Fund and Struggling to Save for Retirement – Links

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    Retirement

    Your friend and mine – the emergency fund – (PBF)

    Why start an emergency fund? My article for the week.


    How to avoid RMD mistakes – (Yahoo Finance)

    You’ve finally made it to retirement, and you’re looking forward to spending the hard-earned money you’ve been collecting for decades. Leave it to the government to make it a royal pain in the butt – the complexity of RMDs.


    Americans are struggling to save enough for retirement – (Forbes)

    Only read this if you have a strong stomach. The synopsis – you need to take retirement planning and savings into your own hands as the traditional aids such as pensions are disappearing. I can’t emphasize enough to save aggressively from a young age because you are ultimately responsible for your retirement standard of living.


    Francisco Cervelli retires – (CBS Sports)

    Francisco Cervelli was more than a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates; he was a colorful character the fans loved. I have no doubt it was the same in New York, Atlanta, and Miami. Some of his best years were spent with the Buccos, and I was fortunate to see him play more than a few times. His energy was always high, and his love of the game was always apparent. You didn’t need to be a Pirates fan, or a fan of baseball at all, to be swept up in his enthusiasm and fun-loving spirit.

    Unfortunately, he battled concussions throughout his time in baseball, and his retirement announcement is at least partially the result of this struggle. Cervelli has decided to put his health before his career, and I applaud him.

    I keep thinking that the current pandemic will go away one day, and everything will return to near-normal. However, as time goes by, the further away from our old normal we get. One thing that we won’t see is the ever-smiling Francisco Cervelli playing baseball.

    Good luck, Francisco!


    Travel

    The #VanLife – (TDAmeritrade)

    Have you been dreaming of the vanlife in retirement?


    Travel contests – (theLuxuryTravelExpert)

    Who doesn’t love free stuff! Ok, I’m usually not one to start signing up for free things on the internet, but I think this pandemic is taking its toll. The majority of these are only for U.K. residents, but there are a few in there for everyone else. A couple of free nights in Rome and five all-inclusive nights in Antigua jumped out at me. Caveat – don’t blame me if you get overwhelmed with emails after entering one of these.


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    Don’t Wait to Save for Retirement and Can You Have Too Much Travel Insurance? – Links

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    Retirement

    Common retirement mistakes – (The Retirement Manifesto)

    The danger of waiting to save for retirement is clear as 48% of retirees retired earlier than expected. This can lead to some significant shortfalls in the retirement bucket, including the travel portion. The moral of this story is to save often and early.


    What to do if you’re near retirement and get laid off – (Forbes)

    All too many people are suffering through untimely layoffs during the pandemic. Here’s what to do if you take this opportunity to retire. The same moral as above applies.


    Travel

    Resource Guide for Travelers – (PBF)

    I put together a comprehensive resource guide for travelers trying to decide when to hit the road again. If you’re like me, you’ve been ready for months. 


    How do you know if you have too much travel insurance? – (Forbes)

    There are thousands of articles telling you to load up on travel insurance, but only a handful that will walk you through the process of determining if you have too much. It was great to have the chance to contribute to Christopher Elliott’s article.


    30 of the Best Nature Views in the World – (TheSuiteLife)

    There’s no better place for social distancing than nature. And while you’re out there, it’s nice to have an unforgettable view. Of course, “out there” in this instance appears to be some rather posh digs, but beggars can’t be choosers.


    Are you aching for a road trip? Every state’s restrictions on interstate travel – (ValuePenguin)

    If you are like me, you’re dreaming about fall road trips. Unfortunately, not everyone wants you to visit their state. Here are each state’s restrictions.


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    Coronavirus Travel Advice – a Resource Guide

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    Travel as we once knew it is gone. The timeline for its full-fledged return is uncertain.

    However, humans are curious creatures filled with wanderlust, and as the current pandemic begins to clear, we will return to the road. Cautiously, at first, but return, we will.

    I created a resource guide for when you feel ready to dip your toe back in the water. Safe travels!

    Travel Advisories

    Travel.State.Gov

    Type in your destination, and you’ll receive travel advisories issued by the U.S. government. There’s a ton of additional information as well, covering each country’s visa requirements, local laws, and the quality of their health care.

    Smartraveller.Gov.Au

    Want a second opinion? If one travel advisory is not enough, the Australian government provides them as well.

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    Health

    Traveler’s Health – CDC

    Where are you going? Type in your answer and the CDC provides you with detailed health-related information, including recommended vaccines and if there are any health notices.  

    CDC

    Everything you could ever want to know about COVID-19 and other diseases. The CDC website also includes important food safety alerts.     

    Coronavirus and Travel in the United States – CDC

    The CDC covers coronavirus and travel in the U.S.

    World Health Organization

    Coronavirus news, advice, and country-specific information delivered by the WHO.

    Mayo Clinic

    A wealth of information, including best practices to avoid coronavirus and a self-assessment tool to see if you should get a COVID-19 test.

    U.S. Travel Association

    A helpful resource if you are concerned about taking a trip and would like to know what the travel industry is doing to protect travelers.

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    What’s Open?

    The New York Times – Summary of States That Are Open

    A self-explanatory guide that is continuously updated by the New York Times.

    National Park Service

    If you’re planning a trip to a national park, this is the website for you – a list of openings, closures, and alerts.

    Tourist Attractions

    A list of over 800 tourist attractions around the world. Information includes the attraction’s current status, opening date (if known), and the safety measures that are in place.

    Money

    Numbeo

    Enter your destination and currency to find the cost of everyday items. You can search by city or country. Prices on meals, hotels, taxis, and coffee! A pint of beer is going to cost me $1.47 in Botswana. How did I know? Numbeo!

    Oanda

    Detailed currency exchange, so you know how much your trip is going to set you back.

    Insurance

    In the age of coronavirus, you may feel the need to insure every aspect of your trip. Don’t do it! Try to dispassionately determine your needs and find a policy that will cover losses that would be a significant burden if they occurred.

    Insuremytrip

    Research insurance plans, get quotes, and compare reviews.

    The Points Guy – “The best travel insurance policies and providers.”

    This is an outstanding article reviewing travel insurance providers by the respected website – The Points Guy.

    Medicare 

    If you’re leaving the U.S. and you have Medicare, you are only covered for emergencies in very limited situations. Check out this government site for details on Medigap for additional coverage.

    Getting from Point A to Point B

    Google Maps

    Detailed information to help you get between any two places, and includes subways as well. The site has a fantastic Covid-19 resource and gives you links to local government websites where you are traveling.

    Rome2Rio

    Their tagline – “Discover how to get anywhere by plane, train, bus, ferry & car.” It lives up to its name and can be used alone or in conjunction with Google Maps to compare results.

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    Trains

    Seat61

    The Man in Seat Sixty-One is, well…the Man! A fantastic resource for train travel around the world put together by train-enthusiast Mark Smith.     

    Omio

    Trains, buses, flights, and ferries. Omio will provide you with a transportation schedule in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Additional locations will be added in the future.

    Airlines

    Kayak

    Kayak is my go-to travel search engine for flights. It is amazingly flexible and simple to use.

    SeatGuru

    If you book a long flight without consulting SeatGuru first, you’re begging to sit in a seat that doesn’t recline near the bathroom. SeatGuru highlights the best and worst seats on each flight. Find the right seat in coach, and it will feel like you’re in first-class – sort of.

    Credit Cards

    The Points Guy – Review of Travel Credit Cards

    The Points Guy has your back with this discussion of the best travel credit cards. Each situation is different, but after reading this article, you should have a good idea of what makes sense for you.

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    International Phone Plans

    Reviews.org – Best International Cell Phone Plans

    A thorough guide to U.S. phone operators and their international plans. All cell phone carriers are not created equal when it comes to international options and pricing.

    Travel Expedited

    Are you looking forward to standing in line with a mass of humanity for hours at a time?

    Answer before coronavirus: “No!”

    Answer after coronavirus: “Hell, no!”

    TSA Precheck

    Leave the long airport security lines for those poor saps without TSA Precheck. Keep your shoes on, leave the liquids in your bag, and prepare for stares of absolute envy – nirvana!

    Global Entry

    Speed through customs and avoid the lines when returning to the U.S.

    US Embassy

    You’re not getting anywhere quickly without your passport – a list of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions by country.

    Hotels

    TripAdvisor

    Hotels, things to do, restaurants, forums – TripAdvisor has it all. Are some of the reviews fake? Unfortunately, yes, but it is still my favorite place to find hotels. Gravitate toward the hotels with hundreds of enthusiastic reviews and a score of 4.5 or above, and you won’t go wrong.  

    HotelsCombined

    Frommers’ top-ranked hotel aggregator/search engine for 2020, and lauded for its ability to find the best rate.

    Airbnb

    Places to stay and experiences. A good option for travelers looking for lodging a little out of the ordinary or potentially less expensive than traditional hotels. Fees can add up, however, so keep an eye on them.

    Restaurants

    TripAdvisor

    I use TripAdvisor for restaurants in the same way I use it for hotels. It rarely disappoints.

    Travel Guides

    Rick Steves

    On my first trip to Europe twenty years ago, I used a dog-eared copy of a Rick Steves’ book to find my way. I always appreciate the candor in his guides. His website has a ton of great information, including helpful forums.

    Wikitravel

    A crowdsourced travel guide that covers a vast number of destinations around the globe.

    Kids

    Kids-World-Travel-Guide

    “See the world through children’s eyes.” A resource for children that includes interesting information about things only a kid would ask, such as “What is the name of the bird on the Guatemala flag?”

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    Weather

    The Weather Channel

    If you want to know average temperatures and rainfall for your destination, this is the website to visit. It’s difficult to pack light if you don’t know what to expect on your travels. 

    Cruises

    cruisecritic

    Are cruises dead? I don’t believe it. They will be popular once again, but it might take some time. A website that combines a cruise search engine, reviews, and hundreds of articles in one place – not too shabby!

    Tours

    viator

    Type in your destination and viator will display a list of possible tours. Select categories to refine your search even further. Each tour has a rating and reviews. When you’re done with your search, book directly through the site.  

    TripAdvisor

    TripAdvisor owns viator but is another good source for tour information and reviews.


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    How Not to Screw Up Your HSA or Social Security, and Dogs May Help Us Travel Again – Links

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    Retirement

    Beware the Bucket List – (PBF)

    Most people mention travel as one of the main things they would like to do in retirement, yet 67% don’t budget for it. If you’re a traveler, this lack of planning can be devastating to either your retirement savings or your retirement travel dreams. 


    No one tells you this about taking social security early – (fedsmith)

    This is why you need a financial advisor! (Extreme bias here.)


    In your 50’s? Time to reassess your retirement plan – (CNBC)

    You’re running out of time to course-correct.


    Not investing HSA funds is a huge mistake – (USA Today)

    An HSA could be one of the best retirement accounts in your arsenal.


    Travel

    Coronavirus sniffing dogs – (AP News)

    A vaccine would be fantastic, but until then, steps like this will go a long way to getting us back to some sort of “normal” travel environment. I wonder if it would be possible to just walk around all day with one of these dogs?


    Travel wipes out ethnocentricity – (The Washington Post)

    I have been a huge fan of Rick Steves ever since my first trip to Europe. His guides are never afraid to offer an opinion – a good interview during the pandemic.


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    The Best Revenge is Traveling Well, Moving in Retirement and Travel Trends for Fall – Links

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    Retirement

    Living an upscale lifestyle on a Social Security budget – (CNBC)

    Is COVID-19 making you want to retire, but your retirement savings are lacking? Retiring abroad is an option. A list of things to consider before making the move.


    The 5 Biggest Mistakes Made by Travelers Planning for Retirement – (PBF)

    There are plenty of landmines on the path to retirement, but these five are especially relevant to travelers. 


    Moving in retirement – housing decisions to consider – (CNBC)

    A thoughtful article about retirement and the critical decision-making process regarding where to live. Retirees discuss their experiences and share their conclusions. 


    Travel

    How boomers are dealing with Covid-19 and the loss of freedom – (nextavenue)

    This is exactly why you shouldn’t wait to travel and mark items off your bucket list.


    The best revenge is living traveling well – (The Points Guy)

    I think the Points Guy is spot on. 2021 could be a huge year for travel. I hope I’m lucky enough to take out my revenge on 2020 through a phenomenal trip for the ages.


    Travel trends for the fall – (Travel Pulse)

    There is no doubt – people are ready to travel. In fact, 59% of travelers are ready to jump on an international flight. I know! Seems high, but I’ll take their word for it. Trends for the rest of the year and 2021. 


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