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Exploring Cuba a la Carte
New Options for the Independent Traveller
Staying Flexible with Yoga
.... In mind & body
Downsize to Rightsize
Time to trade in the family home?
Investment Planning for Retiring Boomers
When your pension is not enough...
Longest Trip Yet!
The Cohousing Option
Can it better support aging in place?
Moving to the Country
Are you brave enough?
Single Boomers:
Searching for friendship and possibly romance updated!
South East Asia
One old and one new destination ...

Welcome to InspiringBoomers!

This site helps Canadian boomers plan their post career lifestyle & retirement. Whether it's semi-retirement or packing-it-in and moving to the country, there's a lot of planning and decision making to do. This site aims to make the experience a little less intimidating and inspire our readers to act by providing information on finance, lifestyle, travel and starting a business.  Don't hesitate to contact us with your suggestions or leave comments on our Facebook Page (Link above). 

Are You Ready for the Grandchild to Visit?

Many Boomers are becoming happy grandparents of infants, crawlers and toddlers! But are you ready for the first visit of your grandchild? Overtime we have likely abandoned the child-proof measures we took to keep our own crawlers and toddlers safe.  Don't wait until your daughter or daughter-in-law asks. Start the process of making your home safe now. 

Store dish-washing soap and pods, laundry-soap and pods and toxic cleaning products out of reach or in child-proof cupboards. Crawlers are teething and they put absolutely everything into their mouths. Keep hanging curtain cords out of reach as these become choking or strangulation hazards. Eliminate climbing hazards, secure bookshelves and remove heavy objects that could fall off shelves or dressers. Cap unused electrical outlets. Put soft bumpers on sharp corners and edges. Put child gates at the top of stairs. Is the spacing of your banisters up to code? Don't assume that you can use old cribs, playpens, car-seats and high-chairs since safety standards have changed significantly over the years. Invite the parents to inspect your efforts to make your abode safe for their precious child. They will probably spot something that you missed but they will nonetheless appreciate all of your efforts. 

We had some close calls with our own toddlers. Even young children can get themselves into trouble since they don't yet understand the nuances of gravity, balance, etc. I remember when we had a heavy TV on top of a dresser. One of the lower drawers was left open as we unpacked clothes from a recent vacation and our young daughter stepped into the drawer. This caused the dresser to tip forward and the TV set to topple. Fortunately she was not injured by the falling TV since I was there to catch it.  I still get the shivers when I think about what might have happened! Fortunately, by the age of three or four, young children have developed the ability to understand your warnings about hazards. Once they start going outside to play they will need to be constantly reminded about the dangers of getting hit by cars and trucks. Good Luck!  Happy Grandparenting! Let's keep it that way!

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Colombia: New Destination for Independent Travellers

library to inquisition window 385x283Colombia is quickly becoming an attractive new destination for independent travellers! You can easily book hotels and flights using your favourite online apps. Even retirement specialists are touting Medellin (pronounced Med-e-jeen) as the next, best new place to retire. 

Altogether, we spent 6 nights in Cartagena, 5 nights in Tolu (for the beach), and 3 nights in Medellin. This was our first trip to South America. On our Pulmantur cruise we set sail from Cartagena and visited Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba and Panama, returning to Cartagena after 7 nights. In total, our trip was 21 nights plus a night on either end in Montreal close to the airport. 

Read on if you would like to know more about Colombia as a possible travel destination. 



The Single Option

Irene Yarkoni 185x278It's been a while since Inspiring Boomer's last interview with Irene Yarkoni, owner of The Single Option. Irene has over 20 years of experience helping singles (including Boomers!) find their match. She has witnessed the proliferation of online dating sites like Tinder. However, when it comes to relationships, some things never change! According to Irene, Boomers "value authentic personal communication" and Irene's tried and true methods are still arguably the best path to finding your ideal match.  If you are single, looking for a partner in life, and lucky enough to live in or near Ottawa, then you owe it to yourself to check out The Single Option.   But even if you don't live anywhere near Ottawa, Irene provides some excellent advice for singles in this interview. And, there are a lot of single Boomers in Canada: Almost 2.5 Million! 


Canoeing Conroy Marsh

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This year our annual canoe trip focused on Conroy Marsh. This was the part of last year's trip that we had to abort due to high winds. This large marsh is roughly 24 square kilometres in size.  It is the joint estuary of the Little Mississippi River and the York River and joins the Madawaska between Combermere and Palmer Rapids. We put our canoes into the Madawaska River just downstream from the bridge in Combermere at the Bent Anchor Bar & Restaurant. The owner, Maggie, gave us permission to park our SUV overnight. As usual, we had two canoes, two people in each (Bernie and I in the blue canoe and Ted and Ken in the red canoe).  For me, our annual canoe trip is an affirmation that I'm still in good enough physical health to enjoy my retirement years!