Timing Your Exit

Timing Your Exit by Jocelynn Smith

TDC Note – This is a question we should all be asking ourselves. We have been looking for almost 3 years for a place that’s suitable to our needs. It’s not an easy decision.


What about Denver?

I bit my tongue at my husband’s suggestion, hating to bring up yet again my main argument against many of his moving suggestions — snow.

Every few years, one or both of us will pull up a map and start talking about where we might want to try living next. We’re both former Cincinnati, Ohio natives, but work drew us up to Madison, Wisconsin (where I developed a deep hatred of snow) and then to South Florida.

A lack of kids and the nature of our occupations allow us to easily pick up and move to a new location, take on a new adventure, and reach for that higher quality of life we hope to maintain straight into retirement.

As I get ready to jump on a plane for Uruguay in a few weeks for Banyan’s upcoming conference, I’m convinced that my husband isn’t thinking globally enough when it comes to our next move, and I’m not the only one who’s looking to broaden their search when it comes to finding that bit of paradise to call home.

Looking for Quality

You need only to spend a few minutes skimming the news headlines on any given day to see that the world is in turmoil. Our privacy is continually under attack by hackers or even our own government. The future of affordable health care rests in the hands of our elected officials. America’s infrastructure of roads, bridges, dams and power grids is crumbling around us. It’s a grim world we face.

It’s really not too much of a surprise that not one American city made the top 25 list of best places to live as measured by quality of life. Mercer — a New York-based consulting firm — examines 450 cities every year using a set of criteria such as political and social environment, medical and health considerations, housing, natural environment, schools, and public services and transportation.

And for the seventh year in a row, Vienna, Austria, has claimed the No. 1 spot. The capital of Austria, Vienna has more than 850 parks and green spaces while being rich in culture and history.

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Ted joined The Sovereign Society in 2013. As an expat who lived in South Africa for 25 years, Ted specializes in asset protection and international migration. He is the editor of The Bauman Letter and Plan B Club.