FIRE Travel – Delightful York, England

One of the most delightful cities we’ve visited in the last 10 years is York, England.  Most Americans never set foot too far out of London or Edinburgh when they visit the UK, but multi-layered historical York is a treasure not to be missed. We stayed there for three days on an autumn trip last…

FIRE Travel – Electric Tokyo, Japan

Our son graduated from high school in 2016 and we let him choose a big international trip to mark the occasion.  No surprise that the boy who grew up loving Nintendo, Pokemon, and electronics chose Tokyo!  I’ve written a couple posts about it – packing for the trip & Japan’s unique retirement perspective – but…

Update – Is Bitcoin a Bust or Bounty?

It’s been almost a year since I published my initial post on cryptocurrencies and I thought it would be a good time to provide an update on how our foray into this Wild West of personal finance has advanced – and what I’ve come to believe about their benefits and the confusion around them. PORTFOLIO…

Are You Retiring ‘Early’?

I retired much earlier than most people. I was 49 years old, just two weeks short of my 50th birthday. As I talk with people about early retirement, I find that most people don’t really know how early is ‘early’. The average retirement age in the USA is 62. That’s a bit higher than it…

Stock Market Jitters – Down -10%

The stock market has been quite jittery over the past week, and although we keep a good amount of cash on hand, that makes me jittery, too.  I don’t usually watch the market returns everyday, but when the market sinks -10.1% in a couple weeks – official counting now as a ‘market correction’ – that…

4,548,220 Steps to 2018

“Staying busy in early retirement?” people ask me all the time. Yes, I guess I can say that I’ve found literally MILLIONS of things to do, since I chalked up a healthy 4,548,220 steps in 2017. How do I know? Well, about 6 months before I quit working in 2016, I started tracking my daily…