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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!
Visit Enchanting Walled City

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 Prepared for a Disaster?

I went to a recent meeting of my Neighbourhood Watch group where we had a presentation from the local Disaster Planning Team. The presenter listed some of the disasters that we might reasonably expect to occur. One skeptic put up his hand and said with a deadpan expression, “You forgot one… Zombie Apocalypse!”

It’s true that real disasters are usually few and far between. They are something you read about in the newspaper or hear about on the news in locations far away, like a hurricane in Florida, Cuba or Puerto Rico, an earthquake in Mexico, a raging forest fire in the Napa Valley region of Northern California, Williams Lake in British Columbia, or Fort MacMurray in Alberta.  

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However it seems to me that these catastrophic events are happening more and more frequently, perhaps due to Climate Change. Furthermore, disasters can easily overwhelm the ability of local police, fire, and ambulance resources to safely respond in a timely manner. Basically, you need to take responsibility for your own safety and survival in these extreme situations.

So what do you need to be prepared? What can you do to be more self sufficient?
You will need the following:

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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 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!