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...

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...

1 Feb 2018

January's been a strange month. Initially it seemed to move slowly, but then suddenly it's gone in a flash. At the same time, it seems a long time since the December costs post.


With a new year, some of my thoughts on money/costs are staying the same, while some ar...

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...

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...

6 Feb 2017

Yes. Really. I did. The Wadi Bih Solo 72 started on the beach at Dibba, Oman at 4:30am Friday, 3 February 2017, before winding its way up 36km of beautiful but barren mountain landscape to a height of 1,000 metres, then turning and retracing the route back to the beach...

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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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