The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
The kids are back in school and that long vacation weekend you’ve planned for months has come at last. The Bed & Breakfast up in the mountains or on the coast is just what the two of you needed to spruce up the relationship again. Look at the views! And this room!! It couldn’t be better.
After settling in and perhaps making a toast, you hear those dreaded words: “Honey, I need to check in with the office… or email. I’ll be right back, I promise it’ll just be a minute.” The romantic interlude comes to a screeching halt. Sound familiar?
Many Americans cannot leave their work behind, even for a short time. We get so wrapped up in our professional identities that the career treadmill has become our way of life, and intrudes into our personal interactions. With the digital gadgetry allowing us to work from anywhere, anytime, many choose to put in more than the typical 40 hour work week. There is no doubt that we are a productive society. However, on a personal level, something has to give.
Romance suffers if you each have one eye on the computer during dinner, or only half listen to each other, choosing instead to bring work home. If you are losing days of your kids’ lives or tender moments with family because you are career obsessed, you may have work to do - but not the professional kind.
Fast Forward to Retirement
In the first weeks of retirement maybe we no longer know who we are without the office calling, paging, or emailing us. Our phone no longer rings asking us for answers or our input to important issues. The office jokes don’t make it to our computer screen anymore, and if they do, we can’t remember the people they are referring to. We’re out of the loop and no one seems to care or even remember what we did in the organization.
It’s easy to think we might have made a mistake in choosing retirement instead of working a few more years ‘just in case’ or for more money. Even though we thought we were indispensable and loved by our peers, it’s mind reeling to see how quickly life goes on without us in the work place.
We know, because we’ve been there. Billy and I were like two ships passing in the night. Both of us were driven by excellence to be the best we could be at our careers. We hardly had time for each other. This was a major factor in making our early retirement plans.
The Retirement Dream
You can retire early to spend free time as you want; travel, study, go sailing, scuba diving, play music, influence your community, pursue a hobby, learn a new trade, reinvent yourself, spend time with family… We did!
In 1991, at the age of 38, we left our fast track lives, sold everything, retired, and moved to Nevis, West Indies, a 36 sq. mile island in the Caribbean. From there we started traveling, and we haven’t looked back.
Are we living the life YOU want? Is this idea appealing? Are you looking for more than just your 9-5 job and two weeks vacation? Would you like a life that is simpler, less hectic? If the thought of large blocks of free time to fill as you choose brings a smile to your face or pulling out maps of the world stirs a wanderlust in you, then
is for YOU!
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About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their popular website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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