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Think of it as the "gig economy" on wheels: older people supplementing meager retirement income by traveling the country in vans and campers, taking odd jobs here and there.  Sound like retirement to you? 

Journalist Jessica Bruder hit the road with the weekday warriors to document their patchwork employment. 

The result is the book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

It's a lifestyle that may become familiar to more people, with the skads of baby boomers retiring every day. 

Jessica Love


On the last afternoon of my thirties, I sat across from my friend Maria at an outdoor cafe. I took a sip of chai  and fretted: “I think I’m out-aging my lifestyle.” We were in Pokhara, Nepal, one of the world’s well-known backpacker ghettos. Chinese, Europeans, and Americans wandered by, most in their early twenties and on a gap year. They shouldered oversized bags and pared their hiking boots with loose pants procured probably from the beaches of Koh Phangan.

A State-Backed Retirement Plan For Oregon?

Sep 29, 2014

Oregon's state treasurer says a good guideline for retirement savings is to multiply the last year of earnings by eight. 

That's the number that should be in the bank upon retirement. 

But Ted Wheeler's research shows that half of Oregonians have less than $25,000 saved up for retirement. 

Wheelers says the situation could lead to a "generational crisis" of poverty-stricken senior citizens.