It’s hard for me to keep up with all of the promises I made myself when I early retired from MegaCorp a few years ago. Just shy of fifty years old, I wanted to make sure if I wasn’t working at the office every day, I wouldn’t just be piddling my time away at home and driving my wife crazy.
One of the first things I had on my FIRE to-do list was to complete my quest to reach all 50 States. I originally wrote about my quest in this POST from three years ago, which seems like another lifetime ago. I was only a few States short of my goal at that time, but despite my best intentions, I made very little progress on this goal until just this weekend.
A grad school buddy and I took a long weekend for a charity road rally in South Dakota and extended it by one state: Wyoming – now my 49th State. We went to the 867 foot high Devils Tower National Monument and took the full hike around the base. You can see from the picture above (that I took just yesterday), that the weather was beautiful and we enjoyed cruising the winding roads on the trip up from the Black Hills as much as the visit itself.
(That leaves me with only Idaho left to visit and am open to anyone’s suggestion on where and what there is to visit there and close out my fifty States quest.)
The lesson I wanted to impart from my experience with this goal over the last couple years is that even though many people who are on a journey toward financial independence and retiring early worry about having enough things to do, I’ve found the opposite is true. Most people have too many things they want to do. I’ve been saying for years I was going to get to all fifty States and Idaho is still waiting for me!
In short, don’t put off early retirement any longer than you need to. Just like during your working life, you’ll find out that there aren’t enough days in the year to accomplish all of the things you might want to get to – travel and otherwise.
What travel goals have you set for yourself in early retirement? If you’ve reached FIRE, are you making as much progress as you expected you would?
Devils Tower Image Credit: MrFireStation.com (c); AmCharts.com Map