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...

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...

30 May 2017

"Bucket List", a list of things you want to do before you die. I really dislike that term, why can't it be a list of things that show you are living life to the full. Perhaps it should be a "Living List", which sounds much more upbeat to me.

Whatever one calls it, it's...

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...

10 Apr 2017

I'm not sure that I should be setting targets.  After all, surely one of the benefits of leaving the corporate world is to escape from chasing a bunch of targets, plus the luxury to do things as you want, when you want.  On the other hand, I do believe in having a purp...

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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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