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How Has Covid-19 Affected Your FIRE Journey? Part 2

In my quest to find out if FIRE works during bear markets as well as be bull markets, I’m interviewing friends in the FIRE community, who are in different parts of the FIRE journey, to see how covid-19 has affected their financial plans. Last time, we featured Clover from SimplyCloverLiving, a flight attendant who is still saving 50% of a government subsidy despite being on a job hiatus due to the pandemic. Read her interview here. Today, we have Sandy and Belinda (note: names have been changed for anonymity), a pair of Chautauquans who are on different paths of the […]

All the Ways Travel Screws You Up

The biggest culture shock of my life happened when I was 8 years old. As far as experiences go, moving from the falling down shacks and hole-in-the-ground urinals of rural China to the skyscrapers and flushable toilets of Canada felt as alien to me as moving to the moon.  My brain nearly exploded from all the new discoveries. I touched snow for the first time. I tasted this smelly, bitter, yellow thing called “cheese”. I rode in a car with 4 wheels, no longer needing to be sandwiched between my cousin, my mom, and my aunt, while wobbling over the […]

How Has Covid-19 Affected Your FIRE Journey? Part 1

One of the biggest criticisms of FIRE is that it only works during bull markets. Before 2020, we’d been in a bull market for the past decade, so of course when FIRE stories hit the media, the response is a derisive snort followed by the inevitable “wait until there’s a recession, all you FIRE people will be eating dog food and living under a bridge!” Ok, first of all, everyone knows that cat food is WAY cheaper and WAY more nutritious. Duh. And secondly, I’d much prefer the Chinese medical waste heaps of my childhood over a boring old bridge. […]

How Covid-19 Changed Our Budget

“When shit hits the fan, we’re off to…“Thailand” “Toronto?!” When COVID-19 shut everything down and wreaking havoc on the economy, our (dreamy) prime minister Justin Trudeau told all Canadians abroad that now was the time to come home before flights shut down and it would be too late. So that’s what we did. But on the flight home, I worried that without our backup plan of using SE Asia to control our living expenses, we’d be stuck in Canada, freezing our butts off while our budget spiralled out of control. After all, while we were gallivanting around Europe and Asia, […]

Covid-19: Is this the End of Nomadic Life?

With the whole world under lockdown, planes grounded, and airports shuttered, one of the biggest questions on my mind is “is this the end of nomadic life?” One of the things I love about our lifestyle is that we can live anywhere in the world. Any passion projects we choose to work on can be done via our laptops and an internet connection. Our community is scattered all over UK, Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Asia. As a result, we’ve been able to simplify our lives down to 2 backpacks and the past 5 years travelling the world has […]

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