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.

23 Jan 2020

Last week's post was about lifestyle even though I knew that meant it would get less reads - finance focused post are much more popular. Despite being less read, those that commented were in favour of lifestyle posts, perhaps because the doubters simply didn't read it...

18 Jan 2020

Do Financial Independence and Retire Early blogs concentrate too much on the finance side of the equation? My instinct is that they do focus a lot on the finances, probably because that's what gets the most reads - I know that my non-financial posts get less reads than...

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...

16 Aug 2019

It’s a short post today as we’re on a road trip, trying out a campervan for the first time and I thought I could charge my laptop off the battery in the van, I was wrong.

We’re headed to Berlin where I’m meeting up with a friend for three days cycling from Berlin to the...

26 Jul 2019

Last week, after I shared my ideas of "what's next", my wife, Sally, muttered something about mid-life crisis, said I was crazy and turning into a hippy. I'd have taken "hipster", but she definitely said "hippy".

Sally also gave me her ideas for what's next and, no surp...

19 Jul 2019

Arrived at financial independence, but what does that mean? Retiring early becomes an option, but to do what? What will early retired life look like, what will we do?

Not finding answers to these questions will stop many people from making the decision to retire early a...

28 Jun 2019

Why this post today? For a start, it touches on one of the big early retirement concerns of "what will I do, will I be bored?" as well as how I got over my little early retirement funk of last month. But perhaps most importantly, it's a reminder that the answer to the...

21 Jun 2019

A thought came into my mind. Is my early retirement my forever option or could it be temporary, a manifestation of a midlife crisis?

Wikipedia says a midlife crisis is "a psychological crisis brought about by events that highlight a person's growing age, inevitable mort...

24 May 2019

Thinking about early retirement makes us wonder what we'll do with our new free time, will we be bored and will we be lonely? Big questions.

Then there's another big question. For those with a partner, maybe retirement means spending a lot more time together. Is that go...

12 Apr 2019

Didn't I already do this post, a year and a half ago back in November 2017? Well, yes, but since then:

  • my wife Sally has taken a career break which she's part way through;

  • we've travelled in Asia and Australia for four months; and

  • we've moved countries,...

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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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