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Travelling in Morocco
New Destination 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...
Exploring Cuba a la Carte
New Options for the Independent Traveller
Longest Trip Yet!
The Cohousing Option
Can it better support aging in place?
Moving to the Country
Are you brave enough?
Visit Enchanting Walled City
Single Boomers:
Searching for friendship and possibly romance updated!

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). 


Plant-Based Essential Oil Therapy

Before modern medicine, there were plant based remedies. These remedies were used by healers, mid-wives, medicine men, and doctors. Plants have been evolving their own defense and attraction systems for hundreds of millions of years and the essential oils extracted from many plants have properties that can be beneficial to both our mental and physical health. The Greeks were writing about plant based remedies and medicines more than 2000 years ago as were the Egyptians and the Chinese. There are manuscripts dating back to these times documenting hundreds of remedies and uses of plants. In our modern era, more and more scientific studies are being conducted to better understand and rediscover the mental and physiological benefits of using plant-based essential oils, like lavender aroma in hospitals to promote sleep.

Aromatherapy and the growing practice of using essential plant-based oils is part of the self-care trend. Self-care is the act of caring for oneself. If you are not doing well either emotionally, physically, mentally, or spiritually then self-care is doing whatever you need to do to recharge, heal, and destress yourself and your family. As Boomers, learning about plant based remedies and aroma-therapy is a skill set that we can use to improve our wellness and that of our family as well. 

Plant-based essential oils can be diluted using carrier oils, like coconut oil, and used topically, or added to the air we breath through diffusers (as in aromatherapy), or, in some cases, taken orally when diluted in water, tea or food. Some oils like lavender and frankincense can relax us. Others oils, like lemon, peppermint, orange and grapefruit can energize us.  Still others, like Tea-tree oil, can kill germs, while Eucalyptus helps with breathing and easing congestion (remember Vicks!). There are literally hundreds of essential oils. The trick is to find a tried-and-true recipe that helps with your condition. 

To this end I have created a new company called Happy Goat Essentials (HGE). The goal of this company is to promote the use of essential oils to help address some common physiological conditions, enhance mood, or improve focus and state of mind. 

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Morocco for Independent Travelers

Essaouira Harbour Tower 300x223Moroccans like to tell you that they are the only Arab country that doesn’t have [significant amounts of] petroleum. That means they need to rely on Agriculture, Tourism, and high quality crafts and other manufactured exports to earn their place in the world economy. Perhaps this is why Moroccans are so industrious. They must work hard for their living! 

Our Itinerary – We took Air Canada (AC 808) overnight from Montreal direct to Casablanca then took a connecting flight on Royal Air Maroc to Marrakech. We stayed in-and-around Marrakech for the first six nights. We then bused to Essaouira on Supratour. The bus ride took just over three hours. We stayed in Essaouira for six nights in a lovely Riad apartment-style hotel called Maison des Palmiers inside the old Medina. After Essaouira we took another Supratour bus to Agadir which also took over three hours. We stayed in Agadir for four nights in an AirBnB about a 15 minute walk from Agadir’s famous beach. Then we flew on AirArabia to Rabat for three nights. In Rabat we were inside the old Medina at Riad Marhoba. Then we took the ONCF train to Casablanca, where we stayed in a lovely AirBnB near L'Oasis, before returning back to Montreal on flight AC 809. 

Read on to discover the highlights of our trip! 


Cannabis - Medicine, Party Drug or Both?

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On October 17, Cannabis will be legal for recreational use in Canada. While many of us tried Cannabis in the 60's and 70's, some of us wonder if it's time to re-new our acquaintance. In this interview I pose questions about the future of Cannabis in Canada to Luka Petkovich of Greencamp.  Luka works for a website that (among other things) specializes in mapping the medical uses of Cannabis to the appropriate products and suppliers.

So, what are the medical uses of Cannabis? Would I be better off procuring a medical prescription rather than simply buying it without a prescription? What is the difference between THC and CBD?  Will Canada continue to be a world leader on the Cannabis front? These and other questions are posed about the future of Cannabis in Canada.  I think you will be surprised, enlightened and perhaps even excited by the answers Luka provides below.


Colombia: New Destination for Independent Travelers

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.