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Reader Case: Can We Afford to Leave the US?

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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Maybe it’s our travelling instincts longing to get back out onto the open road, but lately we’ve been picking a lot of travel-related reader cases. Today’s is another doozy. This time, our reader wants to know if after a lifetime of hard work and diligent saving, can they afford to pack up all their stuff and retire to…Portugal? Hi Kristy and Bryce, Thank you so much for taking the time to read the below information and considering us for one of your case studies! Kristy’s story was instrumental in my belief that the FIRE movement is accessible to anyone, if […]

Reaching Financial Independence in Poland

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FIRECracker is a world-travelling early retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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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?

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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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 […]

Reader Case: Retiring Earlier as an Expat

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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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

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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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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