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How Moving Abroad For A Year Made Us Better At Parenting & Money

I’m super-excited to bring you a guest post today from my friend Chad Carson of CoachCarson.com. Chad primarily writes about achieving financial independence via real estate investing. But he’s also in the midst of an epic year living abroad with his wife and two daughters in Cuenca, Ecuador. I’m envious of their planning and bravery […]

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Seek Adventure While Your Money Works For You

  Adventure is dirt cheap. You don’t need fancy mountaineering gear to explore new parts of your hometown or find an off-the-path beach in Mexico. One-way flights are half price. Adventure can be a fresh side business, a new romance (hopefully not a dirt cheap one), or anything that gets you out of your normal routine. International […]

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How Our Family Of 5 Is Flying Cross-Country For Free (And How You Can Too)

Mrs. RBD’s brother proposed to his long-time girlfriend early last year. Shortly after the jubilant celebration, my one-track mind started thinking How much is this wedding going to cost me? The answer: A lot. However, by taking advantage of travel rewards credit cards to receive sign up bonuses, we acquired enough points to fly cross-country […]

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Is Moving Worth It To Achieve Financial Independence?

Does it make sense to move somewhere cheap to achieve financial independence sooner? It’s a topic we talk about sometimes in our household. If we could lower our housing costs by moving, we could retire much sooner than our plan. We’re in a middle stage of life with three young kids, a minivan, and a mortgage and in […]

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5 Truths About Traveling The World In Your 20s

Traveling was a top priority in my 20s. I visited more than 40 countries before turning 30, carrying with me a small Eagle Creek Backpackand no more than six pairs of underwear at any time. Now that I’m forty, I look back on my days of full-time travel through a different lens. I’ve realized some truths about […]

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The Retire Before Dad Story

At age 27, I was broke, unemployed, and living at home with my parents. Not surprisingly, I was single too. Sounds depressing, right? Not so. I had recently returned from an epic 14-month backpacking trip to Asia and Latin America, spending just $10,000 on the entire journey, then completed a three-month, 8,000-mile road trip throughout the U.S and […]

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How To Return From Vacation And Not Be Depressed

I’m on vacation with my family this week. I’ve put aside electronic devices and social media in favor of fishing rods, sandcastle tools, and amusement park rides with the kids. We’re going to relax, eat a ton of sugar, and create memories watching our kids frolic in the sand, water and sun. Preparing for our […]

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Travel Scams And Robbery On The Backpacker Trail

Throughout all of my adventures, only three times have I been a target for crime because I was a traveler. That’s not bad considering I’ve visited 40+ countries over the past two decades. For the most part, using common sense and traveling with a friend or group is enough to avoid travel scams and danger. But […]

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A Penny Smart, A Pound Foolish

Years ago I went to Ireland with a friend. We rented a car and drove from Galway to Kilkenny via the southwest peninsular route. Ireland is awash with beautiful landscapes and scenic drives lined with intricately built stone walls. The roads, however, can be narrow and tricky to navigate at times. One morning in a […]

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That’s The Way I Want To Go

Two men from very different places in my life passed away in recent years. Both died almost instantaneously and without any forewarning. Both died in the presence of their peers. One died in retirement. The other died while still working. Loss of a Coworker One morning I learned that an hour before I arrived at […]

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The Holy Grail of Travel

When it comes to time, money and travel, people fall into one of four categories: Backpackers – Lots of time, but a finite amount of money Vacationers – Enough money, but not much time Broke People – No money for travel and very little time Financially Independent Travelers – All the time and money needed […]

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14 Months, 18 Countries, $10,000

In my mid-twenties, I quit my job to travel the world for 14 months. I visited 18 countries and spent about $10,000. A future lifestyle of frequent and extended travel in retirement, funded by investment income, is what motivates me to reach financial independence. This post is about how I was able to travel the […]

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Why I Don’t Read Travel Blogs

While this blog is relatively new, my goal to retire a year before my Dad retired is not. The goal has been around since October 2002, shortly after he stopped working. Back then at age 27, I had a lot of time to start getting serious about saving for retirement. But I was not serious […]

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