Hello! We are Ellen and Tedly – early retired budget travelers. We call ourselves “Earth Vagabonds.”

Vagabond: (n) A person who wanders from place to place without a home or job. (adj) Having no settled home.

Mahahual, Mexico, spring 2016.

Instead of retiring and relocating to one specific country, as many retirees do, we wander. Full-time.

We retired early to travel the world while we still were young enough, and healthy enough, to easily do it.

Early retirement was an intentional decision. It took years of planning, saving and investing, and wise spending. It also took a shove from the universe, but hey, it takes what it takes, right?

I quit my career at 43 years old. Tedly retired at 52.

Wait. What?? How was that possible?

Financial independence came from frugal choices and specific lifestyle decisions that allowed for more savings. We decided not to have children, we lived below our means, we put money into retirement accounts, we made other investments, we didn’t buy junk we didn’t need.

To read more about that part of our story in detail, visit our Early Retirement page.

This is an independent blog!

We do not work with brands or affiliates. We are not trying to sell you any travel products, and we do not push financial services or recommendations. Whenever we review a restaurant, hotel, or some other service or product, we get nothing in return. Nada. No free dinners, no kickbacks, no free rides, no discounts of any kind.

You might see ads on this site, but we don’t control what you see, and those ads help offset the cost of hosting this site.

One more thing…

In our third year of early retired budget travel, I got breast cancer and had a double mastectomy in Zagreb, Croatia. I did not want reconstruction, and so I’m traveling the world as a “flattie“. I have been declared “cured” and take an anti-cancer drug to lower my already low chances of recurrence.

That said, I encourage anyone who is on the fence about traveling the world now or later, to do so now, if at all possible. Life is now, not later.

Despite breast cancer…

We had our busiest travel year yet in 2018. We visited:

  • 4 continents
  • 13 countries
  • 75+ cities and villages
  • stayed in 30 Airbnb apartment rentals

See the full list on our “Stops So Far” page. If you have any questions about any of the places we’ve visited, please reach out.

Maybe one day we will see you out here on this fantastic planet Earth.




  1. Hello Ellie,
    I am Satish from India, Got to know about you from Karen. It is certainly a pleasure to know about you. Looking forward to see you in India.
    All the best for your future trips and may all the desires be fulfilled.
    God Bless you with good health and wealth so that you can travel the Globe.

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    1. Hello Satish! It’s a pleasure to virtually meet you. I look forward to the day we meet in person. We will get to India eventually. I’ve always wanted to see your country!


  2. Ellen, I just can’t believe that I am your 1,900th follower! I am so incredibly MOVED bye this blog, I have always admired you and this just amplified it the the 100th power!! I am glued to this site and I am truly in awe of your courage, inner peace and LOVE. Thank you and Tedly for sharing your incredible journey on this beautiful and fascinating planet! I am looking forward to seeing where you will land next!

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  3. Ellie. I answered your question about finding protein powder in Mazatlan and the health food store at Plaza Zaragoza. Anyway, I sent you a Facebook message, but you may not have gotten it. I am a lifetime “vagabundo” backpacking around the world since I graduated college in 1971. I am arriving at my condo in Maz on November 3rd for the winter. If you guys are still around, I would be happy to show you the best non-tourist places and secret beaches. Cheers, Chuck

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  4. Guys – Nice job! My hat is off to you! I can relate – at 48, I too gave up the yolk of the “real world” 24-7 rat race a year and 1/2 ago and moved overseas. You are spot on! :))

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  5. Love your blog. Inspirational! My wife and I have been full time for the past couple of years as a travel nurse and now plan on doing as you do. Travel slow and easy, enjoy the sights and local flavor. We plan to go to Mexico as well as tour the US. Hope to see you on the road, how cool would that be 😃

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  6. Wow, wow, wow! I have stumbled upon a gem of a blog! I can’t even begin to tell you how I wish I had had your guts at your young age (or seemingly young, compared to us!) Congratulations on following your heart and your spirit! As Jeremy and I trek along our Encore Voyage, we are learning precisely the things you seem to have already discovered! We find ourselves thinking, “If only we had known then what we know now.” I have enjoyed catching up to you and will follow along eagerly!

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