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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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This was our 1st stop in Thailand. We had read a lot about Phuket as the most popular tourist destination in Thailand – which is exactly why we did not intend to travel to Phuket! Our plan was to spend 10 days on Ko Lanta island, but a housesitting opportunity came up in Phuket so […] ...
Posted: May 18 2019 @ 2:53 AM
As we’ve become more mindful of our money we have also learned how the sunk cost fallacy can be a challenge to deal with. The sunk cost fallacy is the dilemma of worrying that our spent money would go to waste when a change in circumstance occurs. According to Christopher Olivola, an assistant professor of […] ...
Posted: May 10 2019 @ 7:57 PM
Our first day in Hiroshima was eye opening, heart warming, and heart breaking. We checked in at our Airbnb home and then immediately went out to visit Peace Memorial Park. We wanted to start our visit to Hiroshima by paying our respects to the victims of the atomic bomb. We are incredibly grateful that our […] ...
Posted: May 08 2019 @ 7:45 AM
Remember – Your Net Worth is Not Your Self Worth We all have money baggage. Knowing all of the intimate details of your own money can put you in a vulnerable place. And it can be exponentially more scary if you’re in a relationship, because you are exposing all of your fears to someone else. […] ...
Posted: May 06 2019 @ 6:12 AM
This was our 2nd stop in Malaysia and our 3rd stop in SE Asia after traveling to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. We stayed in George Town for 9 nights. We were still in the process of adjusting to Malaysia and SE Asia overall, and we were determined to really find our rhythm in George Town. […] ...
Posted: Apr 19 2019 @ 8:24 AM
This was our first stop in Malaysia. And we came here after Singapore, which we loved more than we expected to. We said we would try not to compare the two cities, but we totally compared them and I think that made KL hard for us to settle into. During our first few days there […] ...
Posted: Apr 05 2019 @ 9:04 AM
Can We Go It Alone? We have been managing our own investments and money for a while now. It has definitely taken us some time (years) to build the confidence we needed to go it alone. The process became much easier for us once we found all the amazing information online from the FIRE community. […] ...
Posted: Mar 30 2019 @ 8:23 AM
Getting Ready to Skip Town One of our major concerns when starting our early retirement was health insurance. I won’t get into the debate right now about why US medical insurance and healthcare are so expensive, or whether or not the US provides the best healthcare. Suffice it to say, we all need to take […] ...
Posted: Mar 26 2019 @ 4:28 AM
Rainy Day Fund I was on FaceTime the other day with a dear friend of mine and we were talking about emergency funds. This friend has a fund set aside that represents almost one year of their expenses. I think that’s quite impressive foresight to set this kind of money aside for their rainy day. […] ...
Posted: Mar 22 2019 @ 9:55 AM
Since this was our first destination on a 4 month trip through Southeast Asia it was hard to decide how long we should stay. A few people told us we would probably be ready to leave after 3 or 4 days since it’s very hot, it’s very expensive to stay there, and it’s more of […] ...
Posted: Mar 22 2019 @ 8:52 AM


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