I Want to Retire and Travel. Should I Have Kids or Not?

Q&A with a Reader

Hi Guys,

I bought your guide about 5 years ago and enjoy your website.  I’m 46 years old and unmarried with no children, although I hope to settle down with someone like-minded in the next couple of years and prepare our plans to retire abroad (of course).

I know that the decision about whether or not to have kids is a very personal one that depends on many things which are unique to the people deciding.  The thing is, kids change everything when it comes to retirement, especially for someone middle-aged like me.

Wondering if you have come across any good articles or online forums where this subject is wrestled.

All the best,


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Hi David,

Thanks for taking the time to write and to ask a very good question.

We know of several people who travel with their children and have simply included the children into their traveling lifestyle. You might take a look at their websites for information and answers to your questions.

One family has 6 children now and the Mother home schools them. They have been traveling the world for years now.

Another family has one child, and I don’t know what they are thinking about education in the future. And Jeremy and Winnie have just had a child – and they frequently write about the impact of having a child on their lifestyle and their future plans.

You might also want to check out Travel with Kids – a site focused on world travel with children and Soul Travelers 3, a couple who raised their child while traveling the world. Their focus was on the child in just about every aspect, and the child is now tri-lingual, plays violin and sings and is currently publishing albums and performing in films.

All of these sites seem to see the vagabond life as a bonus, giving the children a world view and the opportunity to become multi-lingual, certainly an asset for them in their future lives and careers.

I hope you find this information to be useful. Good luck and do keep in touch!



About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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