Guest Interview with Craig, Author and House Hacker Extraordinaire
Long-time readers of this blog (thank you!) know that we retired at 31 to travel the world by doing the exact opposite of what our parents have been preaching—not buying a house. Given that the average single-family home cost over a million dollars in Toronto, instead of getting into massive amounts of debt, we rented. With all the money we saved from not owning a home, we shoved it all into the stock market, built a diversified portfolio and the rest, as they say, is history. The only real-estate we own are REITs (Real-Estate Investment Trusts), which lets us earn […]
Book Review: Choose FI, Your Blueprint to Financial Independence
“The FIRE is spreading.” One of my favourite things about the FIRE acronym is how powerful it is. Finance is generally a dry topic, so when most people think about finance, they think about spreadsheets, charts, graphs, reams of numbers—I just fell asleep in the middle of that sentence. It’s difficult to give it feeling and pizzazz. But the term “FIRE” makes finance sexy. So, when people hear the phrase “the FIRE is spreading”, it makes their heart pound faster, and as a result, they’re driven to act. This is why I love that phrase. And guess who came up […]
Are You a Good Fit for FIRE?
“The saddest people are those who don’t know what they want” – Larry from the “Newness” movie. I don’t know how many of you have seen the movie “Newness” on Netflix. I’m guessing not many since it’s a movie about swingers (and no I’m not talking about dancers from the 1920s). We watched it only because we have friends in the swinger community (No. Not us, FRIENDS. FRIENDS!). Anyhoo, so, basically the premise of this movie is about two millennials who use an online dating app (Tinder anyone?) to hook up. This happened after they both had crappy one-night […]
Let’s Go Exploring! The Terrifying Love Story of Coimbra, Portugal
I thought Romeo and Juliet was the most tragic love story I’d ever heard. But then we went to Coimbra, Portugal, and discovered the story of Pedro and Inês. In 1340, Prince Pedro was betrothed (aka “forcibly married”) to Princess Constance of Spain. Back then marriages were less about love and more about king and queens pawning off their kids in an exchange for political alliances. And King Alfonzo wanted his son Pedro to produce a heir that’s half Portuguese, half Spanish so prevent their asses from being invaded. This loveless marriage of convenience would’ve been fine, except Princess Constance […]
Would You Sell Everything to Travel the World?
“Ultimately, we would not have quit our jobs, sold all of our stuff and became perpetual world travellers if not for the inspiration of Kristy and Bryce. I highly encourage this book to everyone that wants to regain financial control over the life. It has been life changing for us so will it be for you!” – Mr. NomadNumbers After putting 2 years of work into writing Quit Like a Millionaire, getting reviews like this is my favourite part of book publishing. Sure, it’s exhilarating watching your book rocket up the Amazon charts and the crazy media frenzy, but that’s […]