The Quest for Retirement Utopia: How to Find the Retirement Spot That's Right for You

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Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes is a leading authority on retirement lifestyle planning. He writes about retirement lifestyle planning on his website,, and in his published books.

In 2016-2017, Dave was a regular contributor to U.S. News’ On Retirement blog. In 2017, received the Best Senior Living Award from as one of the top retirement blogs, by both reader polling and judge’s selection. Dave was named one of’s Top 50 Influencers in Aging for 2017.

Following a successful 34-year career as a software engineer, trainer and course developer, and manager, Dave accepted an early retirement package and retired at age 56.

During the final phase of his working career Dave started searching the Internet for information about what life in retirement is really like. He discovered that at least 95% of all the retirement-related information was focused on the financial aspects of retirement – how much money you’ll need, how you should shift your investment mix as you get older, how fast you can draw down your savings, and so on. Relatively little was being written about how to live a happy, fulfilling life during retirement, and of that, practically nothing was being written from an LGBT perspective.

Dave created to fill that void. Dave has extensively researched retirement lifestyle issues, as well as drawing upon his own experiences of transitioning into retirement and those of others.

Dave is an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader. He was active in Toastmasters International for over eight years, and has earned Distinguished Toastmaster, that organization’s highest honor. Dave offers a fun and engaging workshop, also called Retire Fabulously!, that brings to life many of the key messages that he presents on his website and in this book.

In addition to writing articles for and books about retirement lifestyle planning, Dave is musician who plays trombone, electric bass, and steel pan. Dave lives in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona with his husband Jeff and their dog Maynard.

Dave is available for interviews, speaking engagements, workshops, panel discussions, and writing guest articles. You may contact Dave at

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