About Enjoy Retirement Life
As our website name suggests, the purpose of our blog is to inspire you to enjoy your retirement life. Perhaps you are retired and bored and don’t know how to live a fulfilling retirement life? Or perhaps you just want help planning that special retirement party? Our website is an essential resource to meet all your needs, however big or small.
Why should life stop when you are a retired person? We want your retirement experience to be as enjoyable as possible. We believe retirement is an exciting opportunity and a new beginning for many retirement adventures. To get the most out of your new chapter, be sure to subscribe below to receive our latest information and news.
Who is Behind Enjoy Retirement Life?
We are Sarah and Oliver, an English French couple who are passionate about finding new ways to live a rich and rewarding life. As 50-somethings, our aim is to
stop living at work and start working at living
As we plan our early retirement, we want to share our knowledge and experiences to help you enjoy your retirement life.
We can guide you step-by-step from planning a celebration retirement party to living a fulfilled retirement life in another country. First, we’re sure you’d like to hear our story!
About 4 years ago, we met via an online dating website (and married last year!) and instantly shared a passion for travelling and discovering new cultures and people. We love to have authentic travel experiences and have shared these with others on our first website, Off the Tourist Treadmill.
Whilst travelling the world together, we soon realised that we wanted to retire as soon as possible to live a more fulfilled life. Three years’ ago, we took the brave decision to embark on a 5-year plan to prepare for our new retirement life of travelling around the world and finding a new place to call home.
During this planning phase, we have drawn on our past experiences and have realised that our positive attitude to retirement stems from our shared ethos about life. We have thought a lot about how we want to live a successful and happy retirement life and want to share our insights with you via this website.
Lifelong learning, resilience and adaptation are important principles to us. Fifteen years’ ago, Olivier and his family decided to leave France and move to England. At the time, Olivier spoke little English and had no job. Having trained as a Chef in France to be able to find work in any country, he set up his own successful small catering business in the City of London.
In our 40s, both of us decided to change careers and completed University studies whilst working and parenting our respective children. Sarah finished a 3-year degree to become a qualified primary school Teacher and Olivier completed a 2-year University course in structural engineering. Both of us persevered and now have rewarding careers in our fields.
However, our passion to learn new things has never stopped! Setting up our websites whilst working full-time has involved an enormous learning curve. We are motivated by our desire to stop living at work and start working at living and travel the world together during our retirement life.
As we mentioned, travel is our shared passion. Olivier has a wealth of experience of living in different countries. In addition, to relocating to England from France, he spent several years living on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. In addition, he has lived on a boat with his young family travelling around the Mediterranean Sea.
Whilst sailing, he learned a lot about how to live a successful life and support his family without working. He succeeded by learning how to trade on the stock market, making enough money to enable his family to enjoy a nomadic lifestyle without any constraints.
As a couple, we have continued this voyage of discovery by travelling together to many interesting countries including India, Mexico and Sri Lanka with our backpacks. As a result, we have met many fascinating people and have thrived by immersing ourselves in their country, food and culture. We will never forget the honour of being part of a Sai Sin ceremony in a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka to bless our recent wedding. These memorable authentic travel experiences have clearly shaped our retirement goals.
Both of us recognise that change and a positive mindset is needed to alter our current personal situation and future retirement lifestyle. We also strongly believe that it is never too late to start or experience something new. In fact, we just started to learn how to scuba dive in our late 40s in beautiful Mexico!
Although Sarah is already a successful primary Teacher in the UK, she has decided to extend her knowledge further by recently starting a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course. The plan is that this will give us more options if we need money whilst we travel during our retirement. This new qualification will allow her to work almost anywhere in the world!
What is Our Expertise?
We hope that our story has shown you that we have constantly improved our skills, knowledge and personal characteristics throughout our personal and professional adult lives to make us happy and fulfilled.
As a couple, we also understand how to set goals and appreciate that these keep changing, no matter what stage in life you are currently experiencing. Throughout our lives so far, we have adapted our skills to deal with any new challenges put in our path.
We have been preparing our retirement plan for 3 years now and have learned a lot during this time. We know how to be financially independent and have made backup plans just in case! For example, Olivier is a French Chef and Sarah will be able to teach English as a Foreign Language. This will enable us to earn extra money if we need to during our retirement life.
Our overall aim is to travel and enjoy our retirement life, have new adventures and experience new hobbies like scuba diving. Join our retirement adventure and enrich your retirement life.