Over the past few years we've received many questions about how to get to early retirement. Nothing we're doing is groundbreaking, trailblazing, or even that out of the ordinary if you know where to look. Therefore, rather than attempt to pretend to be the creators of some new idea, I'd like to give you all the secret to our plan for Financial Independence and Early Retirement (FIRE).
Most of our learning has taken place over the course of more than 20 years of financial education. Yet, it really began in earnest when I was told about this site:
http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/ - A blog focused on frugal yet highly enjoyable living. Rooted in stoicism, this blog sometimes gets a little preachy, but offers great lessons on how to reduce living expenses.
I found a like-minded individuals taking steps I knew I could take and living the life I was attempting to build. He had some great ideas of how to make my efforts more efficient. Therefore, I was grateful, and offer his work up to all of you as well.
From mustachianism, I learned about a guy named Jeremy living it up abroad:
http://www.gocurrycracker.com/ - A blog focused on international living, and the low cost associated with it. Very relatable and useful info.
My namesake happens to live in Asia for very cheap. I figured, if he could do it, I could do it with my family. It may take us a little longer (there will be four of us and we started in earnest later), but we're on a similar path. I highly recommend his blog to anyone interested in living outside the U.S.
In order to get abroad, I started learning about travel-hacking at this site:
http://www.travelmiles101.com/ - A blog and resource on how to create free travel. I've used the tools here to pay for our trip to Spain so that for the three of us our flight will cost $400 roundtrip total. We’re also using the lessons learned here to pay for our trip to China to pick-up our adopted child for four people for a cost of $210 roundtrip.
One final note. As part of our FIRE plan, we intend to keep working, just doing what we love rather than what others are willing to pay us to do. For Jan that's taking care of the family, volunteering, helping research and programs in children's health, and writing this awesome blog www.lifeiscomfy.com. For Jeremy this involves continuing to contribute to this blog, teaching and writing my historical flash-fiction, which you can find at www.jeremystrozer.com. If we happen to make money doing these things, all the better.
So, there you have it. The not-so-SECRET to our FIREsauce.
How are you preparing for your future?
What resources have been most helpful in that process?
If you're interested in getting started on this process let us know. We'd be happy to help. We're going to need folks to visit all over the world, so we might as well help you get to where you want to be.