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Should You Aspire to the “Soft Life”?

An article in the Guardian recently caught my eye. It’s called, “The soft life: why millennials are quitting the rat race“. This article features Rose Gardner, a millennial who did everything right in terms of following society’s rulebook for success: get a master’s degree, climb the corporate ladder, rise to a coveted high paying position, and then buy a house in expensive London, England. But despite checking off all the “adulting” boxes and becoming what society considers a success, she was not happy. “I remember walking into my flat, and this might make me sound so ungrateful, but I felt […]

Reader Case: Am I Fake FIRE?

Today’s reader case comes from the Czech Republic (now Czechia). I loved Prague when we visited, Czechia will always hold a special place in our heart for the classical medieval architecture combined with metal-ass churches made out of real human bones. So without further ado, let’s see how our Eastern European reader is doing, shall we? Hey FIRECracker & Wanderer, This might not be your typical case study request. I believe I am already FI, or getting really close. But all things might not be what they seem.  We are a family of four living in Eastern Europe. About ten years […]

Let’s Go Exploring (with a baby!): Isla Mujeres, Mexico: Life is a Beach and I’m a Beached Whale

The last time we visited Isla Mujeres was back in 2017 and we were on a scuba diving day trip to MUSA, the world-famous underwater museum, led by our Airbnb host, Diego, a scuba dive instructor. He’d always wanted to teach scuba driving in Thailand but was afraid that it was “dangerous”, which made me realize that non-travellers just think their own home is safe and everywhere else is a war zone. Now 7 years later, after the world was turned upside down by a pandemic and digital nomadism went from a fringe lifestyle choice into a mainstream one, it […]

Norbert’s Gambit vs. Wise for Currency Exchanges

We recently got a question in our inbox that goes like this: I have used Norbert’s Gambit before to exchange CAD to USD in my Questrade RRSP account. But I also read about your recent travels and how you use Wise to convert currencies. Which has a better conversion rate in your experience when converting CAD to USD? Because of how much we travel, we do a LOT of currency exchanges, so it’s important for us to reduce fees as much as we can. And those fees can add up, big time, if you’re not careful. If you naively use […]

Reader Case: Single Mom Wonders Whether Real Estate Beats Stocks

While going through my reader case queue, this one caught my attention. This reader about to give birth and it immediately took me back to my labour and first months with Little Matchstick. Wow, time flies. He’s already 6 months old but it somehow feels like it was just weeks ago that he was born, but also at the same time a whole decade. Time feels weird when you are a mom. Kind of like how time gets warped when you’re retired and travelling. Anyway, I digress. I’m really interested in this reader case because not only is this reader […]

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