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Alison Walker

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Early Retirement
gay, lesbian, LGBT, LGBTQ, travel, FIRE, early retirement, frugal, travel hacking
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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2019 was our first year of full-time travel. We started the year as complete rookies in our new travel lifestyle and we definitely learned a lot. It took time to learn how to slow down and figure out that we don’t need to see all the sites. We had to get familiar with our ever […] ...
Posted: Jan 21 2020 @ 2:19 PM
I’m super excited to be in Mexico as we start the new year! Why? Because I love visiting new countries and Mexico is very new to me. But also because I have a ton of Mexican ancestors. If you look at me it might be hard to believe that half of my family comes from […] ...
Posted: Jan 03 2020 @ 2:02 AM
(When to start taking Social Security) Since our FIRE journey helped us retire early in 2018 we have been able to talk to lot’s of amazing people about our money and travels, and theirs as well. In this post I’m sharing some of the lovely messages we’ve received from folks we’ve interacted with this year. […] ...
Posted: Dec 30 2019 @ 2:34 PM
When we decided to retire early we took the opportunity to look closely at our housing options moving forward. We took a deep dive into both our personal needs regarding a home of our own, and also into what we could afford on our retirement budget. What we discovered about ourselves and our new retirement […] ...
Posted: Dec 13 2019 @ 7:13 PM
Vietnam was our final stop during our 4 month trip through SE Asia. Our plan was to travel through the country from south to north, which made Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) a logical first stop. The first person we talked to about our plan to visit Vietnam was Tinh, a previous coworker of Alison’s […] ...
Posted: Dec 02 2019 @ 7:22 PM
We spent an amazing week at a retreat in Otavalo, Ecuador in November 2019. This was one of the well known Chautauqua’s in the FIRE community which was originally conceived by Cheryl Reed and JL Collins together and started occurring in Cheryl’s adopted country of Ecuador back in 2013. We first heard about these events […] ...
Posted: Nov 17 2019 @ 7:02 PM
This was the city in Thailand we were most excited to visit since it’s a great location for expats. We had already stayed in 7 cities in SE Asia over the previous 2 months so we were ready to slow down and try to live like locals as much as possible. We decided to stay […] ...
Posted: Oct 21 2019 @ 9:48 PM
My Background I was born in California and lived in that state until I turned 29. Then I moved up the West Coast to Seattle, Washington when I was 30. Living on the West Coast most of my life I’ve experienced my fair share of big and impactful earthquakes and other types of weather events […] ...
Posted: Oct 19 2019 @ 1:58 PM
When I try to imagine the concept of money as it relates to my early childhood, the first things I picture are the coin jar my sister and I shared, and my mom’s food stamps. I remember grocery shopping with my mom when I was little. She usually bought Tang, Pepsi, Doritos, frozen pizza, and […] ...
Posted: Oct 10 2019 @ 3:27 PM
First – A Little Back Story Many years ago after my dad retired and had health issues, my parents used to drive up from Arizona to spend the summers in Seattle and British Columbia. They started spending a couple weeks with us around 2006 because we had a house with a guest room, and they […] ...
Posted: Oct 04 2019 @ 11:34 PM


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