November 9, 2019

I've struggled to find time to write my October costs and targets post - it must be a sign that early retirement is going well when you struggle to fit everything in to the days.

Targets

Ten months through the year, I'm now trying to hold onto the targets that I've got green or mostly green, and wonder if there is any chance of improving the red, not so good performances.

Not perfect, but not too bad, has been my running while tr...

November 8, 2019

We’ve had a busy week (a quick reminder that “we” is me and my daughter, who has joined me for the next month of my travels).

We’d already self-explored Cartagena Old Town but decided to have a do-over on Monday, this time with a guide to ensure we would see the right places and hear the history. We signed up for a “free” walking tour which isn’t really free but works on a suggested donation. The tour lasted three hours for jus...

October 28, 2019

Despite being mostly on my own, I’ve still enjoyed this week. Not doing much, plenty of time in coffee shops, sometimes a lazy week is exactly what we need.

I’ve deliberately left Medellin unexplored until I return to the city next month with my daughter, Rebecca. It will be more fun to explore with her company and it’s given me a week where I can do little without feeling guilty that I’m wasting the time.

My lazy week meant dit...

October 22, 2019

There’s less to say about our travels this week, we decided on some lazy days before Sally returns home and I head to Colombia. So we booked more luxurious accommodation with a plan to do nothing but relax. For Monday through Wednesday, we did exactly that.

We walked on the beach and I managed to get sunburn. I hate it because it's seriously uncomfortable and completely avoidable. I’m normally super careful to apply sunscreen b...

October 20, 2019

That’s three weeks in Costa Rica done (and four weeks since we left home). We’ve been to the Caribbean coast (South to Puerta Viecha and then North to Tortuguera), inland to La Fortuna and Monteverde and this week we arrived on the Pacific coast.

We chose Costa Rica mainly with Sally in mind. She gets ridiculously excited seeing animals and has a preference for visitor friendly destinations. Costa Rica ticks both boxes.

That sai...

October 13, 2019

We planned to base ourselves in Tortuguero for our second week in Costa Rica. Six or seven days on the northern Caribbean coast sounded like a good idea right up until the guy at the tour office almost fell over laughing at us. Two days and one night would be enough he said. So much for our pre travel internet research!

Taking his advice, we extended our stay in Puerto Viejo for some extra walking, animal spotting and beach tim...

October 9, 2019

Because our costs go all over the place when we’re travelling, I’ll start this post by checking progress against my targets.

Targets

Realistically, my attempt to learn French has finished for this year as I’m travelling in Spanish speaking countries for the next few months. Once my lessons finished in March my efforts petered out, so perhaps it has to be back to the classroom next year. At best I deserve a 3 out of 10 against th...

October 3, 2019

A last day in California, although I’ll return for two weeks at the end of our trip, then a short drive to LAX for our overnight flight to Costa Rica. Nothing much gets accomplished on travel days, so we browsed the Huntington Beach shops, drank some coffee and generally watched the world go by. It feels a bit lazy, but that’s OK.

Costa Rica scored well on first impressions. We quickly got through the airport, collected our ren...

September 28, 2019

"But why?" is a useful question. If I think I want to do this or I want to buy that, "but why?" helps test whether these will really give me what I want. 

Last week I asked myself "but why do I want to travel?" OK, my thinking came a bit late as I'd already set off for three months travelling to California, Costa Rica and Colombia on top of Asia and Australia for four months last year.

Did I retire early to go travelling?

The tr...

September 22, 2019

Will early retirement work? Trying to figure out the money side of the equation and what to do with the extra free time? These are questions that require some deep thinking, but I'd also argue that because early retirement is usually a big step into the unknown, it can't be completely planned for. For sure, think about it a lot, figure out what you can, but be aware that the early retirement decision requires quite a leap of f...

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I think I'm a normal kind of guy, although I've perhaps had a slightly non-typical life in some respects.  I'm from the UK, 47 years old, married to Sally and with two

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