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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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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
Our first geoarbitrage year is really starting to unfold now that Quarter 2 is in the books. The good news is that we are on plan, pretty much exactly as projected. Looking back at Quarter 1 we started the year out in Southeast Asia where our cost of living and total spending were held at […] ...
Posted: Jul 01 2019 @ 8:41 AM
We were recently guests of the Debt Free Guys™ on their Queer Money® Podcast. The show is Episode 160, “5 Tips for Mastering Geoarbitrage.” We are definitely more introverts than extroverts, and this podcast was a big deal for us! We built our website and social media platforms so we could share stories about our […] ...
Posted: Jun 28 2019 @ 5:44 AM
This was our 2nd stop in Thailand. We were not originally planning to visit Koh Samui, we were actually planning to be on Koh Lanta island. But we found an amazing house sitting opportunity that was so appealing that we dropped our plans to visit Koh Lanta and shortened our plans to visit Cambodia to […] ...
Posted: Jun 24 2019 @ 2:04 AM
One of the questions we get asked frequently is, “How do you pay for your daily purchases while traveling?” The way we handled cash, cards and purchases while we were in Asia for 5 months was definitely not like our routine when we are in the US. And it was also different from the way […] ...
Posted: Jun 21 2019 @ 1:33 AM
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


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