In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Billy and I have been living life on the road for over 2 decades. We’ve been in
dozens of countries around the world, staying in hotel rooms, apartments, a
fifth wheel trailer and we’ve spent time on boats. We have house sat or lived in other people’s homes in the States, Mexico and Guatemala.
Some people say they could never do what we do and joke that we are
homeless. Sometimes we banter back with them and say we are homeless by choice.
But it brings up food for thought; are we really living life without a sense of
What exactly makes "home," home?
In the early years of our roaming - even though I was blissful that I was
traveling the world - I had a niggling underlying anxiety, a repressed feeling
that I “should” be settling down in one location. Isn’t that what people were
telling me? Isn’t that what adults do? Surely there was something unnatural and
unsavory about changing our cell phone number every time we changed countries.
For some reason it seemed more acceptable when all my numbers and possessions
jibed in one location. But for over two dozen years, that hasn’t been the case.
Everyone has a different definition of home. Some say it’s when you have a
mortgage, pay utility bills, have a pet to care for and a garden with which to
watch the seasons change. Others think they can call a place home when they have
a gym membership, magazine subscriptions, a routine of visiting friends for dinner or coffee, and have
scheduled golf or tennis games.
Certainly, having a sense of community can make a place feel like home with
people you know and can depend on,
restaurants one frequents and maybe a library card too.
We have had this conversation with other world travelers and for them, the idea
of home is not a fixed outside situation so much as it is an internal feeling:
Home is where your heart is, where you hang your hat, anyplace where you are at
the current moment. Certainly travel brings out this broader sense of what makes
home feel like home.
Wandering the world opens up our perceptions and causes us to come into contact
with new ideas, like stretching the definition of “home.” Certainly there is no
one-size-fits all. I would imagine that feeling comfortable, being able to let
one’s self relax, having friends and people we trust, familiar surroundings and
a cozy routine all contribute to the feeling of being at home. Being on the road
hones that skill of making any place we visit seem home-like.
In fact, just yesterday at a lunch with friends we were asked where we consider
home to be. In our case we have several home bases from which we travel and we
consider any of these places to be home. But mostly, we view ourselves as global
citizens and ambassadors of goodwill wherever we go.
How about you? Have you ever thought what makes “home” home to you?
About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on
topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of
information they share on their award winning 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 available on their website
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their
time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly
follow the crowd.
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