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Reaching Financial Independence in Poland

One of our favourite underrated places to travel to in Europe is Poland. Having explored nearly all of the European Schengen (World’s largest Visa-free zone) countries, Poland reigns supreme as the best value for money. Even Eastern European countries like Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania couldn’t beat it. And a big part of the reason is because, even though, Poland is part of the European Union, it hasn’t adopted the Euro. Instead, its currency is the Zloty, which is nearly on parity with the Malaysian ringgit. Not surprising then, that we when visited Poland, we felt like we were getting southeast […]

Reader Case: Can Costa Rica Save Their Retirement?

It’s been two years since we released our book, and it still amazes me whenever someone writes in to us to let us know that we’ve changed their lives. It’s a gratifying and humbling feeling, and you’d think I would have gotten used to it by now, but nope. Blows my mind each time. Today’s readers are wondering whether some Travel FIRE is in the cards for them, and who can blame them? Here in Canada, border restrictions are starting to finally ease up, and you can bet we’ve been eyeing Google Flights for places to go, as FIRECracker wrote […]

Where Should We Go Next?

For us, summer is the worst time to travel. It’s expensive, it’s crowded, and families take advantage of this time to go somewhere with their kids before school starts in September. Ever since we retired, our adventures are less about travelling like the masses for vacation and more about exploring a place’s culture and living like the locals. That’s why we tend to come back to Toronto to visit family for the summer. The weather is actually nice here, and we can avoid competing with vacationers for rentals and services abroad. This year, however, we’re going to break that rule. […]

Have The Roaring Twenties Begun?

There’s been more and more chatter in the media about whether we’re entering a new “Roaring Twenties” now that the pandemic recedes. I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing, because yes the decade after the 1918 flu pandemic ended saw record economic expansion and rampant stock market gains, but it also famously ended in the crash of 1929 which began the Great Depression. Not completely convinced that’s history we want to repeat. But hey, now that we are officially at the halfway point of 2021, let’s see how our portfolio has been doing… For the purposes of this checkup, […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Victoria BC: The Warmest (-ish) Place in Canada

Even though our travelling days were cut short last year during the pandemic, one of the (very few) upsides of COVID-19 is that for the first time, we got to explore a slice of our own backyard. Originally, we were saving our travels in Canada for when we’re too old to traipse around the world. But with borders closed and nowhere to go, the pandemic pushed up that timeline. Surprisingly, our own backyard had more to offer than we expected. For example, having lived only in Ontario, I thought all of Canada was a frozen wasteland. Well, at least from […]

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