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 […]

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, […]

Will Runaway Inflation Derail The Recovery?

This past year has been a pretty bleak news year. Day after day we’ve all been inundated with scary headlines that basically boiled down to “Are we all going to die horribly today?” Thankfully, those days are starting to recede into the rearview mirror. The world’s biggest vaccination campaign in history is in full swing, California and New York just declared their economies open again, and here in Ontario we can now enjoy a drink on a patio without being tased by the po-po. Progress! So, in a way, it’s kind of nice to see the news go back to […]

Reader Case: Retiring Earlier as an Expat

A few days ago Canada recently announced that they’re removing quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers. We aren’t fully vaccinated yet (FIRECracker and I both have received only 1 shot), but that development has awoken the traveller part of our brain that has been basically lying dormant for the past year. FIRECracker is already back to furiously checking flights that we might be able to get on once we get our second dose. Dare we dream? Could our nomadic life be on the verge of coming back? Which fits in nicely with today’s reader case, who is also eyeing the […]

Reader Case: Fur Baby FIRE

The longer I write this blog, the more I realize that there are multiple, sometimes completely unexpected pathways to FIRE. What started off as a purely frugality-based movement has splintered and broadened into so many different sub-types it’s hard to keep track. Now you have not only traditional Fat FIRE and Lean FIRE, you have Side-FIRE (FIRE plus a side hustle), Nomadic FIRE (FIRE via travel), and even Van…FIRE…hmmm…I’m going to have to work on that one a little bit. Well, today I have a new one for you: Fur Baby FIRE. What is Fur Baby FIRE, you may ask? […]

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