“Every Day This Man Takes A Vacation”

After two posts this month assessing the tremendous cost of cars, their depreciating value, and ongoing repairs, I thought I would give partial time to acknowledging the incredible fun of cars.  After all, while the financials are negative, they do provide many, many intangible benefits that help make life a joy.   Similar to cabin/cottage…

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…

FIRE Travel – Eternal Rome

Rome is my favorite city in the world.  It is truly the Eternal City in the sense that ancient, Renaissance, and Christian history are very alive in the city – at the same time that people go about their work-a-day needs in a very modern, metropolitan area.  We have been to Rome twice and on…

FIRE Travel – Life On A Different Track

Today is the first day of a long summer weekend trip to Chicago for our family. We live in the Twin Cities – just about 400 miles away – but haven’t gone to Chicago for fun in more than 15 years. I’ve been there dozens of times on business – we even used to fly…

FIRE Travel – Barcelona, Spain

This is the second post in our summer travel series and I thought I would feature one of my favorite cities in the whole world, Barcelona.  If a city every stood by the name ‘colorful’ – it would be Barcelona.  On a hot summer day & night, there is something truly magical about the Catalonian…

FIRE Travel – Prague, Czech Republic

Travel is a big part of our early retirement plans, so I thought I would start a Friday morning summer series on a number of places that we have enjoyed visiting and would recommend. We have good friends that are originally from the Czech Republic and they hosted us on our first overseas trip there…