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All the Ways Travel Screws You Up

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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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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

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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 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. […]

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

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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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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 […]

COVID-19: Geographic Arbitrage on Hard Mode

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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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A 1 AM call is never followed by good news. This was the case five years ago. We’d just fallen asleep, but were jolted awake by the urgent ringing of Wanderer’s phone. As it turns out, Wanderer’s grandmother was in the ICU, and we had to fly home ASAP. When you live a nomadic lifestyle, you have to be prepared to fly home at the drop of a hat. When you live everywhere and nowhere, flexibility is key. Which is why we live out of two backpacks so we can pack everything in 15 mins and be out the door.  […]

From Junkie to FIRE

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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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I am continually inspired by people who take the time to write to us and share their story of how they overcame their own personal hang ups about money, life, or whatever to get on the path to FIRE. We’ve all been there. I myself grew up in abject poverty and suffered from a brief addiction to purses. But some people had it even worse. Some people were actual addicts. And that’s who we’re talking to today. Ryan, thank you talking to us. You have quite a unique journey in that you were homeless and a drug addict at one […]

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