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Alison Walker

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All Options Considered
Early Retirement
gay, lesbian, LGBT, LGBTQ, travel, FIRE, early retirement, frugal, travel hacking
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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
The 1st anniversary of my last day at work just slid by on September 4, 2019. I can’t believe I have officially been retired for 1 full year now. So how do I feel about that? The easy answer It feels absolutely amazing to be retired. I’m so happy with my life right now that […] ...
Posted: Sep 12 2019 @ 4:18 PM
Before leaving on our 4 month trip through SE Asia we had no idea how much time we might spend in Cambodia on this first trip. We made a list of the villages we were most interested in and imagined a few options for our trip if we stayed a full month. But as our […] ...
Posted: Sep 06 2019 @ 2:27 PM
Yesterday we drove from the Isle of Skye up to Inverness in Scotland. As I drove away from Skye I was aware of a strange new sensation. Not like an ache in a limb or butterflies in my stomach, it was something softer. It was a feeling like a new cushion that I was resting […] ...
Posted: Aug 25 2019 @ 2:06 PM
While we were still working our W-2 jobs I asked the experts questions like “Should I invest more in my 401k, or my Traditional IRA, or my Roth? Should I focus more on one account over another?” And the response was always “Well it depends on what your tax bracket will be in the future […] ...
Posted: Aug 22 2019 @ 2:56 PM
2019 is our first year of early retirement after quitting our jobs and starting to live 100% off of our investments and savings. It’s also our first year as full-time travelers after selling our condo and getting rid of 99% of our belongings. So basically everything we have going on right now is new and […] ...
Posted: Jul 21 2019 @ 8:58 AM


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