Retirement is just around the corner with April 1, 2015 set as my target date. Our Chandler, AZ house is on the market, and we've purchased a 45' Toy Hauler, that will haul our motorcycles, golf equipment, scuba gear, bicycles, us and our sweet little Australian Shepherd, Abby. We've also purchased a lake home in MN so we can at least say we have a permanent address as well as a deluxe storage locker!
If your thinking of retiring let me offer you a piece of advice. Start planning NOW, don't wait until a year before your planned date and think you'll be able to accomplish everything in 12 months time. It's a long difficult road with more decisions than you'll ever want to make in a lifetime.
Purge, purge, purge!! Get rid of anything you haven't worn, used or touched in the past 6 months. We tried the garage sale route, too much work for too small rewards. We donated to charitable organizations and went for the tax write off.
If you have a home to sell, find a good Realtor who is familiar with trends in the area, economic highs and lows and who will offer you expert advice on getting your home ready for sale.
Talk to your financial adviser if you have one, and if not get one. You may be able to retire sooner than you think, or you may need to be stuffing more into your 401k.
And don't stop traveling just because you plan to retire!