I Retired Young

What I do, and what it costs

I retired young, and so far it's been great.

I was 47 years old, had fallen out of love with my job, so I quit. That was a scary decision - I didn't know how much it would cost to live or what I would do with my extra free time. 

Because I struggled to find answers to these questions, I  decided to blog about  my journey to financial freedom and my early retirement experience. I hope it may help others in a similar situation.

My posts set out my monthly costs, the decisions and choices that helped me achieve financial freedom and early retirement, and some of what my retired early life looks like - what I do during my old working hours. There's probably some other nonsense thrown in as well, so apologies for that!

At the end of the day, I'm just a pretty average guy. That's good news, because I figure that if I can do it, then probably you can too, if that's your dream.

9 Sep 2019

We've reached the end of our Route des Grandes Alpes cycle tour. In reality, it was just 10 days of my life and well within my capabilities, but it feels like a bigger deal than that because it's an example of the type of thing that I didn't use to do.

I can argue that...

31 Aug 2019

A while back I read a comment saying that most early retirement blogs start out as personal finance blogs but then transition into lifestyle blogs. From memory, the comment suggested this wasn't a good thing. 

I think the opposite is true. Early retirement does of cours...

7 Jun 2018

You may ask what this has to do with financial independence and retiring early (FIRE). It seems a fair question.

My answer is there's a good chance that our FIRE journey meets the time of life when weight starts to pile on and our clothes start to get tighter. I speak f...

19 Apr 2018

It can be said that you don't need to be mad to run a marathon, but it helps.

That was certainly true for Boston Marathon 2018, something I found out the hard way on 16 April as I stood shivering on the start line waiting to set off on my first attempt at this famous ev...

28 Dec 2017

I set myself some targets back in April. I also set a timescale for them, which was an early date of December 2017 and a late date of March 2018. 

I'm thinking that was a smart move. At the end of December, everyone is seeing what resolutions they didn't achieve, but I...

14 Dec 2017

Almost a year ago, I started my blog. Last Friday, I ran a half marathon. Today I'm trying to figure if the two have anything in common.

They probably don't, but I'll see if I can weave a thread. Really it's just that I was pleased with my run and wanted to shout about...

28 Sep 2017

Approaching your forties or fifties is probably when you spend more time thinking about early retirement or, perhaps like me, you've already got there. It can also be the age when you start to find it harder to keep to your preferred weight and body shape, something el...

17 Aug 2017

I set myself some targets back in April, and since then I've been too scared to write an update for fear that it will show I'm not doing well against the goals that I set myself. However, burying my head in the sand kind of defeats the object of setting the targets, so...

23 May 2017

I'm home from my latest travel adventure, a trip to Germany. More on that in a moment, but first a quick recap of my travels so far this year.

Four trips in five months

February 2017 - England and France, two trips combined into one. England was to look for some buy to l...

11 May 2017

Spring time in Prague sounds delightful, provided you forget you're there to run the marathon. 

Our trio of Desert Road Runners, Tom Sindall, Matt Reed and myself flew into Prague from Dubai on a Friday, ready for the marathon on Sunday, 7 May.  Matt on Emirat...

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About Me

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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