FIRE Travel – O Little Town of Bethlehem

We had the great pleasure of enjoying Christmas in July this last summer by visiting ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ in the West Bank. For me, it was the highlight of our two weeks in the Holy Land. Since we are now just a week from Christmas, it would be a perfect time to share some of our experiences there. Visiting the city is pretty … Continue reading FIRE Travel – O Little Town of Bethlehem

Travel Framework Update – Bonus Trips

I published our FIRE Travel Framework a couple years ago and thought I would send out a link to it again today, as we have taken our big trips for 2018. Our budgeting for travel has worked out very well. We have been taking trips 4x a year – or roughly once a season since we stopped working: Sunny Winter Trips: Disney World, Los Cabos, … Continue reading Travel Framework Update – Bonus Trips

Cost of a Speeding Ticket – Worth It?

I received what I call an ‘excessive velocity tax’  – more commonly known as a speeding ticket – a couple of weeks ago on a charity road rally to Chicago and back.  I wasn’t really ripping down the road when I was pulled over (above picture).  In fact, both my navigator and I felt that we were merely moving at the speed of traffic.  Nonetheless, … Continue reading Cost of a Speeding Ticket – Worth It?

FIRE Travel – Divided Jerusalem and Ancient Petra

Before the summer is out, I wanted to share some of the highlights from our trip to Jerusalem & the Holy Land.  This (along with our trip to Japan) is the biggest trip we’ve taken since we early retired.  We tagged on a fun side trip to ancient Petra in Jordan. In many ways, this was perhaps the most enlightening trip we have ever taken … Continue reading FIRE Travel – Divided Jerusalem and Ancient Petra