My 'retirement plan' is a bit more crazy. Here it goes....
My husband and I have a ten year plan. He a dozen of years older then me so is wanting to retire sooner rather then later. Are plan most definitely has 'green' involved that's why we moved here a few years ago. So right now he's working his butt off to pay for the establishment of our little place both resource wise and with the house itself. It was a fire sale fixer upper type deal that we got for a steal in terms of cash. ( I didn't have potable water for two years. )It should be hopefully paid off mortgage wise next year. In fact through some hard work and frugal living and planning we should be completely debt free by next spring. Great, wonderful, so what are we planning to do, get into some more debt.... in this case down south, way down south, way way down south. I'll be taking a trip next year to check out a few of countries. I already have a change jar going to pay for the trip.
There's a number of reasons we're considering this. There's a big differences in general cost of living. He does have a small pension from a stint in the military a dozen years ago which do to these countries wanting retirees to go there it makes it really easy. Meet the threshold, which for most isn't high, 1000 or less in most and your in. I can just tag along for the ride even though I'm far from retirement age and it's more then enough to easily live on. Here living on it is a struggle. Can be done but it's hard and it's only going to get more hard as years go on.
I also dislike winter more and more each year. I thrive in a more moderate, warm and even tropical climate. Every time I have traveled to somewhere like that I have felt more at home. More free and more healthy. I hate wearing big shoes and boots and lots of clothes. I like the idea of being able to grow something and harvest something year round. It may sound silly but I really, really love tropical fruit, not the fruit you get here that's been picked unripened, shipped and then ripened. Bleh. A trip to Florida to visit my grandparents ruined me forever. There, for a week I ate tree ripened mangos and starfruit and there is just no comparison. I want bananas that haven't been shipped green. I barely touch any of that stuff now because it doesn't taste as good and it's not local. I want to be able to have these things as viable local food sources. Yes I know. So selfish.
Another thing is that more and more each year communities are being set up in these countries similar to intentional communities in Canada and NA and all based on green and or permaculture principles. I've looked into a lot of these options closer to home but have written them off, financially they don't work and in the case of the US it would be difficult to immigrate and then there is the issue of cost of living once you get there. There's a couple of places in Canada that look cool and we could probably do but that wouldn't address the "I don't like winter much" issue.
Also looking towards the future where aging becomes a factor this type of living is quite appealing. I like the idea of sharing a farm and getting the benefits from a farm without being solely responsible for every single little thing. In the case of other countries it also helps mitigate issues around security. I also like how this style of living helps with the being stuck factor of farming. This is the one drawback that I don't like. Going away for even a few days means a whole lot of organizing to make sure everything gets taken care of.
Plus the big reason, is my yearning for adventure. I have always loved living in different places and dreamed of moving and living completely somewhere else. I've always wanted to learn spanish or another language. I dig different cultures. Best times of my life have been traveling with a pack and discovering new places. I'm only going to live once. Might as well stop just being wishful.
So the general plan is to not just jump right in and go. I'm not able to do that quite yet for a few reasons. Plus I may end up not liking it and don't want to cut all ties and be stuck. So I'm planning it in stages. First are visits to a number of these places to get a feel of what they're like in reality. Then if I find a good place purchasing a piece and using work here to pay for there and during that time period spending time building what I'm doing here there during the winter months which is the main growing season there. Whether long term I'll eventually sell everything off here and move completely will depend. I'm a bit leery of jumping in a doing that right away because I do have aging parents to consider. Right now their health is fine but it's just a fact of life that they're at an age where anything can happen. If we do end up going more full time in 5 years time then we may just rent this place out for a few years.
The overall plan though is to have everything in place within ten years so that we could feasibly just go and live quite comfortably on the pension that already exists but we're not going to cut off all options here either. It's also a bit of safety plan for me because if God forbid something happens to my husband I will at least have his pension. I don't have one myself and failed to invest properly when younger (corrected that now) and don't have any prospects on the horizon of a career that would lead to some security.
I think it's all well a good to consider retirement under the idea that we're both going to be around and both be in good enough health to keep doing what we are doing now to a point. Who really wants to think otherwise? Of course I'm going to be on my feet and in my garden until the day I keel over. I'm working hard to keep my and my husbands health in good order so this will happen. However realistically I think it's smart to not only plan for that and have nothing else to fall back on.
So there you go... my crazy green retirement plan.