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Let’s Go Exploring! The Terrifying Truth About Mexico City

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FIRECracker is Canada's youngest retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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  “Why would you go to Mexico City? It’s so scary and dangerous!” We heard these words from friends and family every time we mentioned “Mexico City”. Which is strange because when it comes to homicide rates, Mexico city doesn’t even make it to the top 50—unlike St.Louis, Detroit, and Chicago. And yet, they never bat an eye whenever we mention going to any of those cities. But facts and statistics didn’t matter. Going to Mexico was bad enough, but Mexico City? You might as well just save the Cartel the trouble of kidnapping you and just kill yourself right […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Siem Reap & Sihanoukville: Cheap and Chillaxing

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FIRECracker is Canada's youngest retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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After the depressing story from my last travel post, I’ve decided to lighten things up by telling you about our trip to Siem Reap and Sihanoukville (or “Snookieville” as the cool kids like to call it). Before we went to Siem Reap, I knew very little about it, other than my friend urging me to go, saying that Ankor Wat is “the temple to top all temples” and “I will throttle you if you don’t go!” So of course, out of sheer curiosity and self-preservation, we went. And let me tell you, if I thought Thailand and Vietnam had good […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Proof that Your Problems Aren’t Real Problems

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FIRECracker is Canada's youngest retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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Growing up, my parents had very little sympathy for my problems. It didn’t matter whether I was complaining about the measles, my nosebleeds, or stomach worms, their response was always an impassive: “Tough it out. You’ll be fine.” Who could blame them? When you grow up under a Maoist regime that killed 70 million people, then survive a famine, only to be forced into gruelling hard labour in the countryside, “validating feelings” and babying your special snowflake kid isn’t going to make it to the top of your give-a-shit-list. If you’ve never had to secretively bury a relative murdered by the […]

Is Too Much Freedom Bad for You?

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FIRECracker is Canada's youngest retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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One of the things we get asked a lot is: “What do you do with all that time in retirement? Isn’t it boring?” And my response to that is usually pretty straightforward: we travel, we meet new people, we work on passion projects (like the app we’re launching this week), we write books, we blog, and basically work on whatever we feel like working on. Despite having all this time, we sometimes feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. But if I take a step back, I realize the real reason behind this question. I realize how terrified people […]

Cost Of Travelling the World For 1 Year, Part 4: Travel Insurance

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FIRECracker is Canada's youngest retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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I know it’s taken me FOREVER to write this post, which is part 4 of the cost of travelling around the world but in my defence there were WAY too many beaches here and not enough time to sink my toes into all of them, so that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. To see the parts 1-3 of the cost of travelling the world, click here. “Massive heart attack”, “ICU”, “Might not make it”. These are words you never ever want to hear, especially when you’re half way across the world. We were in Thailand and Wanderer had just […]

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