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Old 03-31-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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I think this best describes our approach to the retirement concept. Or, retire early and retire often for those with a sense of humor.
Several times over the course of 35 years together, DW and I made the decision to step off the treadmill for a year or more and go take a look around. Yep, we sold the house, stored the things, burned the bridge and hit the road with no definate plans.
For us the key was to keep our life super simple - no kids, no pets, and relatively few possesions. After several downsizings, all of our stuff (minus the vehicles) can fit into a 10' x 15' storage unit.
I would guess that we are towards the end of the pack here when comparing portfolios. But as the outdoors type, I can tell you, there are things we could do in our 30's and 40's that just don't feel the same in our 50's. We hope to hit the road for good in 1-2 years.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:34 PM   #2
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:59 PM   #3
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I am not complaining. To the contrary, I am amazed and grateful for how well it has worked for us.
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I am not complaining. To the contrary, I am amazed and grateful for how well it has worked for us.
Sounds awesome, enjoy your time on the road!!
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:21 PM   #5
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OP, there seems to be a lot of dogma and scare tactics out there saying you can't quit your job for a long stretch and hope to restart in a similar line of work later on.

I'll grant that it would be hard to get back in at a comparable salary as when you left, but I still think this type of thinking is a bit of myth.

What has been your experience?
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I am self-employed, or rather self-unemployed now, but for DW, each time she re-entered the workplace, she was able to secure a higher paying job. It helped her in the sense that we were willing and able to relocate and wait for the right opportunity.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:56 PM   #8
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You may like another forum I frequent, which involves people living a minimalist mobile lifestyle: some by choice, others not - but a lot of information on frugal living and the freedom of mobility.

Cheaprvliving.com


They have a somewhat different definition of FI
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OP, there seems to be a lot of dogma and scare tactics out there saying you can't quit your job for a long stretch and hope to restart in a similar line of work later on.

I'll grant that it would be hard to get back in at a comparable salary as when you left, but I still think this type of thinking is a bit of myth.
It largely depends on the line of work. In some occupations (e.g., law, investment advice), it is very difficult to take extended breaks and then resume working, at least without taking a huge pay cut. On the other hand, in nursing or many medical specialities it is relatively easy to find employment after a de facto sabbatical.
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I think this best describes our approach to the retirement concept. Or, retire early and retire often for those with a sense of humor.
Several times over the course of 35 years together, DW and I made the decision to step off the treadmill for a year or more and go take a look around. Yep, we sold the house, stored the things, burned the bridge and hit the road with no definate plans.
For us the key was to keep our life super simple - no kids, no pets, and relatively few possesions. After several downsizings, all of our stuff (minus the vehicles) can fit into a 10' x 15' storage unit.
I would guess that we are towards the end of the pack here when comparing portfolios. But as the outdoors type, I can tell you, there are things we could do in our 30's and 40's that just don't feel the same in our 50's. We hope to hit the road for good in 1-2 years.
We all make life style choices. Yours maximized your enjoyment. Different choices maximized life enjoyment for others. If you were able to spend your time the way you wanted to spend it, given the trade-offs, good for you and glad to hear it all worked out!

Welcome to the FIRE board! You'll find a wide array of lifestyles being lived and discussed here.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:16 AM   #12
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Thanks to all for the comments.
We traded a significant amount of income for a significant amount of time off, but we are not poor. No regrets on the trade.
The job market has tightened considerably in the past 4 years. Our journey would not be repeatable in todays world.
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I applaud the courage it took to be able to do this. I couldn't have. I took risks, but they were different risks, and were mostly risks that involved higher pay, higher status, higher savings, etc, if things went right. Happy to say they did go right, and we are now happily retired at 51. But, you are right. Doing what we did meant that we were risking not being able to do some things we wanted...and this is definitely the case. At 51, I still have a lot that I can do, but it's not what I could have done at 30 or 40.

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You are correct about doing things in your 30s vs your 50s...I am in my mid 50s now and backpacking etc are definately more challenging! Still fun but more huffing and puffing.
I went the other way - got lucky with a high paying job early and rode that wave as long as I could, retired at 49 - it's great, I am very happy. But having youth AND freedom......that's pretty special.
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