Retirement on the road

Through her travels and work, she's met people from all over the country, many of whom open up their homes to her when she travels.

Now, Traynor is passing on her knowledge and experience to others, particularly retirees. Her recently-published book is called "Second Career Volunteer: A Passionate, Pennywise Approach to Retirement," published by The Troy Book Makers,

Though Traynor's book and advice is aimed at retirees, anyone trying to live on the cheap and do something new and different can take advantage of its information, stories and personal profiles.

Traynor said she's seen a new wave of younger volunteers in her travels, either professionals who have been laid off or college graduates. Both groups are keeping busy and keeping their heads above water while sending out resumes.

The traveling lifestyle may not be for everybody, Traynor is quick to admit, especially those with homes. But it's something that can be done for a single month as easily as a whole year, and it's a cost-effective way to take the trips you always wish you could.

"It's different for a lot of people. If they've been in the same house for a long time it's difficult to reduce your carbon footprint," she said.

What shouldn't hold anyone back is the fear of loneliness or isolation, she said, with so many other people doing the same things at places around the country.

"You may be a single, but when you're there, you're in a community," Traynor said.

Today, Traynor lives in Slingerlands near her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. She's worked out of a schedule of six months at "home," and six months on the road, which not only fits well with her life but compliments New York's winters.

Traynor will appear at a book signing on Nov. 13, at noon, at the Arts Center in Troy, and speak at the William K. Sanford Town Library in Loudonville on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.

For more information on Traynor and her book, visit www.secondcareervolunteer.com.""

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