Hello! We are Ellen and Tedly – early retired budget travelers. We call ourselves “Earth Vagabonds.”
Mahahual, Mexico, spring 2016.
Vagabond: (n) A person who wanders from place to place without a home or job. (adj) Having no settled home.
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.
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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.