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Senior Vagabond

The Senior Vagabond series aims to provide how-to information and inspiration for old(er), retired people to travel the world perpetually and live abroad. This series comes from the hand of Gar Williams, an American who dumped it all at the age of 63 and began vagabonding the world. Gar shares his experience and knowledge with all senior aged travelers who may wish to follow in his footsteps.

  • Vagabonding: It’s Not For Weaklings

    Travel is tough, but the traveler needs to be tougher. Here’s how Gar Williams, the 66 year old Senior Vagabond stays fit enough to continue moving through the world.

  • I Was an Illegal Alien in Mexico Yankee go home Mexico

    Why happens when you overstay your visa in Mexico? Gar Williams finds out the hard way.

  • Any Day Above The Ground . . . Senior Vagabond Rides Again

    Any day above ground is a good day. Today is a good day for me. It’s been about a year and a half since my last article here on Vagabond Journey. I’ve had emails from people who asked, “Well, what happened?” Today I’ll try to answer that question.

  • Money Saving Tips for a Retirement Abroad: What I Don’t Spend Money On

    Reality check for those who are seriously thinking about a traveling retirement: It is almost nine o’clock in the morning, it’s getting dark outside – that means it’s going to rain, again. Maybe I should say it’s going to rain some more. Yes, definitely rain. I hear fat drops hitting the tin roof of my [...]

  • The Desire to Travel – A Traveling Retirement’s Third Key

    Key Three for a traveling retirement: you must have the desire to do it. “When a man decides to do something, he must go all the way but he must take responsibility for what he does. No matter what he does, he must know first why he is doing it, and then he must proceed [...]

  • Travel in Less Expensive Countries – Key 2 for a Perpetual Travel Retirement

    “So, Gar. What is a “less expensive” country?” I’m glad you asked that. A less expensive country is one where you can live cheaper than you are living now. If you are in the USA, that would be Mexico, Central America, most of South America, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam), India, and several countries [...]

  • Retiring to Travel, the First Key: Erasing Reoccurring Debt Payment

    Key One for retiring to travel: Have no reoccurring debt payments. None, nada, zip. Don’t owe nothing at all, not even a storage space for stuff you “might” need someday if you quit traveling. Hi from Catemaco, Mexico. So, assuming you have figured out a way to get rid of all that stuff accumulated over [...]

  • Too Old to Travel?

    Remember Gar’s “Three Keys for a Traveling Retirement“? These keys assume you have at least a social security check coming in every month or some other form of uninterruptable cash flow AND some cushion for emergency medical expenses. They are: Key One: Have no reoccurring debt payments. None, nada, zip. Don’t owe nothing at all, [...]

  • The Keys for Retiring to Travel | The Senior Vagabond Series

    Dump it all and GO! Dump it all! The house, the car, the furniture, and all those clothes you have in the closet that you never wear. If you want to go then do it. Dump it all and just GO! Six months ago, I sold my house, my truck, my furniture, and everything else [...]