Should You Aspire to the “Soft Life”?

An article in the Guardian recently caught my eye. It’s called, “The soft life: why millennials are quitting the rat race“. This article features Rose Gardner, a millennial who did everything right in terms of following society’s rulebook for success: get a master’s degree, climb the corporate ladder, rise to a coveted high paying position, and then buy a house in expensive London, England. But despite checking off all the “adulting” boxes and becoming what society considers a success, she was not happy. “I remember walking into my flat, and this might make me sound so ungrateful, but I felt […]

Let’s Go Exploring (with a baby!): Isla Mujeres, Mexico: Life is a Beach and I’m a Beached Whale

The last time we visited Isla Mujeres was back in 2017 and we were on a scuba diving day trip to MUSA, the world-famous underwater museum, led by our Airbnb host, Diego, a scuba dive instructor. He’d always wanted to teach scuba driving in Thailand but was afraid that it was “dangerous”, which made me realize that non-travellers just think their own home is safe and everywhere else is a war zone. Now 7 years later, after the world was turned upside down by a pandemic and digital nomadism went from a fringe lifestyle choice into a mainstream one, it […]

How to Travel with a Baby

“Travelling with an infant is hell. You’d be crazy to do it. You’d just need a vacation from the vacation.” “Taking care of a baby is hard. Why make it harder by travelling?” “Oh, you’re having a baby? Guess you’ll finally have to be mature and settle down like the rest of us. Say goodbye to your travelling days!” Be mature?! HA! Having kids doesn’t make you more mature or classier. I’m the same piece of shit I was before popping out Little Matchstick and that’s not going to change any time soon. Long time readers know that I might […]

Does Geographic Arbitrage Make the American Dream Irrelevant?

“The American dream is a sham. Because I had the house, the cars, the kids. I did all of that, but even achieving those things, it still seemed like it wasn’t enough,” Adalia Aborisade, a 48-years-old former teacher from Texas I recently watched a CNBC video called “Why Americans Are Relocating to Mexico for a Better Life” and it really resonated with me. The story that jumped out at me the most is of Adalia, a 48-year-old former teacher from Texas, who made a life-changing decision to move to Mexico City back in 2017. Even though she took a pay […]

Our 2023 Expenses

How much does it cost to raise a child? According to the USDA, it costs on average $310,000 USD (adjusted for inflation) to raise a child from birth to the age of 17. That’s $18,235 per year or an extra $1520/month to procreate. No wonder birth rates are plummeting. If you choose to have a mini-me, you can bet that you’ll lose not only your sleep and sanity, but a big chunk of your net worth too. So your Poopy McPooperPants better be adorable as hell or he’s out the door! Luckily our Little Matchstick has now progressed beyond the […]

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