I just counted, to the end of 2016 I've visited 37 countries outside my country of birth.  To me that sounds like quite a lot.  But I don't consider myself much of a traveler.  Perhaps I can say it's because on a business trip I'm busy and tired, but I suspect it is because I'm out of my comfort zone in a different country which often has a different language.

Well, I've decided that has to change, and many people who choose early retirement have travel in their plans.  After all, travel can't be out of my comfort zone any more that quitting work, surely.  I already have some trips planned for the first half of 2017, skiing in France in February, a marathon in Prague in early May, and a trail race in Germany later in May.  So, I'll go armed with my GoPro, an extra dose of confidence, and let you know how my trips go.

By the way, Sally and I are buying a small apartment in the French Alps.  It won't be ready until mid 2018, but I'll post some updates about that too, including our reasons for buying soon as I figure out what they are!

Travel often isn't the cheapest thing to do though, so it will be interesting to see how it figures in our cost to retire.

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 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...

December 12, 2018

I travelled for four months as part of my early retirement plan. Now I’m back home, it’s time to look back and see what I thought of it.

Firstly, why did I decide to travel? I knew early retirement would give me more free time so had to think of ways to fill it. Like many others, part of my answer was to say I would travel.

That’s a common response to questions early retirees face - what will you do, won’t you be bored? Even tho...

November 26, 2018

That’s it. our travels are over, or at least this part, and we’re now back to where we started.

The final days were very relaxed, not a bad way to finish. We had two days remaining in India, before heading to Dubai for a week.

We were still in Kerala for our last two days in India. Our house boat delivered us to the jetty of our hotel in Kumarakom and, although we had a driver available to show us around, a quick look at the hot...

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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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