On the one hand, it’s
easy to take this lifestyle for granted since we have lived it for decades. On
the other, it truly is an amazing accomplishment and we are rich beyond money. We
have survived several market crashes (the 2000 dot com bubble, The Great Recession)
and even some serious
medical scares. But as life commands, we have personally
grown to match our circumstances and we continue to learn new things which add
zest to our perspectives.
Everyone in our circle
of friends and peers told us this lifestyle was not possible and that we would fail. We were too young,
we’d be bored, we’d wish that we would have
stayed in the
workforce and our
financial opportunities would become limited. Our social connections would thin
out and basically, we’d be stranded on a sandbar out in the land of “what were
none of that happened and, at 61, we couldn’t be happier at this
time in our lives. Wide
horizons are still before us and we have a blank canvas on which to paint more
adventures. Sure, we have slowed down and have made some
changes in our travel style, but those changes have added to our comfort levels, so traveling is still
a wondrous and fun experience.
We love encountering
cultures and seeing firsthand what all of us humans have in common;
what we all struggle for in this life on earth.
and Akaisha at an indigenous market, Thailand
Nature is always a marvel to
behold, whether it is a
volcano erupting just 8 miles from our
sitting gig or living lakeside
volcano's caldera, walking through rainforests and jungles, or dipping our toes
into turquoise Caribbean waters. We had years of RV living where the view from
our front porch changed with the different locations we visited.
While we might serve as
an example of an unconventional lifestyle choice, we want to remind you that
you, too, can choose something similar for yourselves; a lifestyle that fits
your circumstances, your finances, your dreams.
rule (spending only 4% of
your invested net worth each year) will keep you financially in line as will
your spending which we have always encouraged. And while it is
recommended to have 25 times your
spending socked away into savings before severing your ties
with the workforce, with
social security, retirement could be made sooner and
easier for some of you.
If you have an inkling
to do something grand with your life, flesh out your plan. Don’t give up. Keep
your own counsel and don’t believe the naysayers.