FIRE Travel – Driving On The Wrong Side

More than anything after returning from our vacation last month, everyone wanted to know what it was like to drive on the ‘wrong side’ of the road when we were in Great Britain. All together, we drove almost 20 hours from London to Bath, the Cotswolds to York, from Edinburgh to Inverness. Like many Americans,…

2017 Market Predictions – Autumn Review

At the beginning of the year – when we have our Financial Round-Up Day – I put down my assumptions for what I think the financial markets and economy will return for the year.  I try to be conservative in my expectations, but use it to set investing goals and create a spending plan for…

FIRE Travel – Edinburgh, Royal Scotland

Today we are heading home from our trip to England & Scotland over the last few weeks.  It was a terrific trip that took us from the Roman Baths of Bath, to the halls of Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle, to Old Town York, and into Scotland for a full week – all the way up…

When In Rome, PAY As The Romans Do

We are traveling in Scotland this morning, so just a quick post on the personal finance of traveling. Like most people, we charge almost everything we can when we travel. We keep a small amount of cash for small expenses, but otherwise charge away. One of the questions you inevitably get when you are paying…

No Vacation Nation?

My wife and I are on vacation in Great Britain this week. She read in the newspaper that the average English government worker gets 28 days of vacation a year.  Almost a month! While that seems like a huge amount relative to the United States, the below chart shows how many average hours are worked…

What’s In Your Wallet – Cash?

We went to the Minnesota State Fair about a week ago and enjoyed all of the greasy food, unique exhibits, and saw Stevie Nicks in concert.  Our State Fair, which lasts for 12 days, is the second biggest fair in the United States with attendance of almost 2 million people.  One thing the fair excels…

FIRE Travel – Chicago, City of Big Shoulders

Chicago, Illinois is known as the “City of Big Shoulders”.  While it is in the middle of the introverted American midwest – it thinks big and carries itself as a hardworking blue-collar city.  Little cultural pretense, yet world class sights and amenities. We’ve been to Chicago many times but hadn’t been there on a family…