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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.

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Akaisha and Billy Kaderli: Country to Country

Most people hope to retire early enough to enjoy their later years, but Billy and Akaisha Kaderli were committed to retiring in the prime of their lives.

In 1991, when both were 38 years old, the couple sold their house, quit their jobs and started what has become a lifelong adventure traveling from country to country.

"We looked around at our friends and colleagues and saw many people who were burned out and unfulfilled," says Billy Kaderli, now 68. "So we started seriously planning our escape."

Early Retirement, Lifelong Adventures:
Akaisha and Billy Kaderli riding in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador.

Retiring at 38 takes some careful financial planning. The Kaderlis had owned and run a restaurant in Santa Cruz, Calif., for 10 years. The proceeds from the sale of that business and their home were enough to generate about $30,000 a year in dividends and interest—the amount they figured they would need to live as permanent travelers. The Kaderlis have no children and weren't concerned about staying in one place for family.

Still, most people, when they heard about the plan, found it hard to believe the two were serious.

"The hardest obstacle we faced were the judgments of our friends and family," says Ms. Kaderli. "They told us we were crazy to walk away from good jobs [and] a nice home."

But their plan did work, and the Kaderlis have lived in dozens of countries, including Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, Guatemala and Ecuador. They stay in areas where they want to learn a skill (like Thai massage or authentic Mexican cooking), volunteer with a local organization or visit friends.

In response to a website the couple started in the late 1990s, people around the world began writing and asking how they, too, might plan their big escape. So the Kaderlis decided to write a book on the subject. Today, "The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement: Your Simple Path to FIRE 4th Edition" is sold in 40 countries and complemented by a popular website, RetireEarlyLifestyle.com. Proceeds from the book and website go to nonprofit initiatives.

The Kaderlis still live on less than $30,000 a year—and live well, Ms. Kaderli adds. They also travel to Europe, around the U.S., and in Canada, but in Latin America and Asia their dollars tend to go further.

"There's the most amazing wine shop where we're living in Mexico, and an outdoor market with delicious produce," she says. "You don't need a lot of money to retire early, but you do need to overcome your fear of the unknown."

 

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 bookstore or on Amazon.com.

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