John Howells has written and coauthored several books about retirement locations. Among them are the retirement guides: Where to Retire and Choose Mexico. He writes about retirement and travel for several national publications, currently writing for Where to Retire magazine. He was one of the original members of the board of directors of the American Association of Retirement Communities. John and his wife, Sherry, divide their time between Monterey, California, and Playas de Nosara in Costa Rica.