America’s best places to live for 2008


Money Magazine just came out with their annual best places to live in America issue this month.

Here’s the top 10:

America's best places to live 2008

I was looking at how they picked the winners.  You can read their selection process here.

Last year they looked at small towns.  This year, the towns had populations between 50,000 and 300,000.

So if you’re looking to live and retire in a bigger town then this year’s picks will serve you well.

Being from Texas, I was proud to see that 13 of the top 100 places to live were in Texas.  Yeehaw!

That just goes to show that Texas is a great place to live, even if we have to deal with the Dallas Cowboys struggles.  :o)

Check out Money Magazine’s best places to live section and use their free tool to help you find your best place.  Click here

They also offer tips on what to look for when selecting a place for you to live and retire.

Namely, you want to look at home prices, good schools, job growth, weather, crime, activities and leisure options, cost of living, transportation and medical care.

In the end though, it all comes down to what you like and what makes you happy.  You can just use guides like this to add or take away from your list of places to move and then go from there.

Good luck in your search for finding your best place.

Have a great day!


Guides on how to retire in Mexico


If you’re looking for some place cheap to retire, look no further than south of the border – MEXICO.

It is said that anyone can retire in luxury in Mexico and that you can live better than you do now.

Who wouldn’t want that?

The cost of living is so much lower in Mexico than it is here in the US.

With the rising cost of everything these days, lower prices would be a welcome relief.

But, moving and retiring to Mexico is not that easy.

Well, it is if you know what you’re doing and where to go.  You can learn the hard way about retiring to Mexico or you can learn the easy way by learning from people who have done it already.

There are 3 guides on how to retire in Mexico:

The first one has an unusual title: Mexico, the trick is living here.  It is written by a woman named Julia who has compiled a comprehensive volume about all you need to know about living and retiring in Mexico.  The guide has several testimonials about how the guide has helped them.  Read more…

guide to retire in mexico

The second guide is called “50 Things You Must Know Before You Travel To Mexico”

The title really tells it all.  This short 102 page book has over 50 practical tips that will help you get the most out of a Mexican retirement.  Read more…

guide how to retire in mexico

The third guide to retiring to Mexico is called “Retire In Luxury”

This one talks about improving your standard of living by moving to Mexico.  This guide promises to teach you about how to retire now, on less, and get more out of life.  Read more…

guide to mexican retirement

Check out any of the guides if you are interested in learning more about living in Mexico and what to look out for and be aware of.  You don’t want to be caught in a Mexican jail because you weren’t aware of some little tip that’s included in one of these guides.

Check em out.

Thanks for reading.


10 cheap places to go for summer vacation


With summer almost upon us, you may be considering taking a family vacation.  However, with the price of fuel at its highest, you may have to limit your summer vacation to three or four days.  To this end, here are ten cheap places to go for summer vacation.

1.  Las Vegas.  With air fare and two-night hotel accommodations, prices can range from $161.00 to $465.00 per person.  There are discount air prices for kids as well as free room accommodations for them.  This is a great place to take kids since the meals are very affordable and there are plenty of sights and activities available for both kids and adults.

2.  Hawaii.  There are currently all-inclusive packages available for a four-night stay in Oahu.  Prices start at $752.00 per person.  Again, there should be an airline discount for children as well as free room accommodations.

3.  Mexico City.  With airfare and four-night hotel accommodation, prices start at $454.00 per person.  Meals will be affordable and there are plenty of activities for kids, as well as cultural sights the entire family will enjoy.

4.  The Bahamas.  Not only is this a friendly island, but inexpensive as well.  For four-night hotel accommodation including airfare, you can expect to pay a minimum of $560.00 per person per adult.  This is another great place to relax and enjoy a myriad of activities.

5.  Barbados.  Affordable at $587.00 per person, you can enjoy four nights at the Palms Resort with your kids.  This is a beautiful island that offers rest and relaxation as well as activities your kids will enjoy.

6.  The Grand Cayman Islands.  This is a wonderful and affordable destination for the entire family.  For airfare and a four-night stay, prices start at $684.00 per person.  Again, kids can fly at discounted prices and enjoy room accommodations either for free or at a low discount.

7.  Orlando.  No doubt your kids will display much excitement upon learning they are going to Disney World.  For a three-night stay including airfare, the prices begin at $302.00 per person.

8.  You can check online for theme park tickets offered at discount prices.  Or you may choose to book a property that has a room with a kitchenette so that you save on dining out.

9.  Time Share Property.  If you have a friend or relative who owns a time share and doesn’t plan on using it all summer, this would be a great time to inquire if it is available for a few days or longer.  The money you can save would be immeasurable since it probably has kitchen facilities.

10.  Europe.  While this may sound expensive, summer travel to Europe can be affordable.  As long as you book a month or more in advance, you can take advantage of special deals offered by the airlines as well as hotels or inns.

With gas prices at $4.00 a gallon, taking a trip during the summer vacation may be limited to three or four days.  But, you can make the most of this time away by choosing a destination that offers fun activities for kids, affordable accommodations that include kitchenettes, and checking online to find discount tickets as well as booking sightseeing tours in advance.