Hello fellow early retirement enthusiasts and budget travelers! We are Ellie and Tedly – vagabonds in early retirement. Our experience is somewhat unusual. We retired early from our careers so we could travel the world continuously — we are location independent. That’s how this website got its name.
Vagabond: (n) A person who wanders from place to place without a home or job. (adj) Having no settled home.
We do not have a home base. Instead of retiring relocating to a specific location, or traveling for part of the year and then returning ‘home’, we wander.
We are slow travelers. We explore different areas in a region or a country for some weeks or a few months. Then we move on to the next region or country.
We are not home sitters (although it’s a future possibility, for the right situation). We are not digital nomads (although keeping up this blog takes some time). We’re simply vagabonds who enjoy one stop at a time.
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.
How the heck did was that possible?! Here is the short version.
Financial independence came from frugal choices and specific lifestyle decisions that allowed for more savings.
Tedly started saving decades ago. He owned a low-cost home in a low-cost city and bought a new car once in his life. I got a late start, but was able to save a tidy sum through methods commonly used by people with early retirement dreams. I paid off my student loans, lived below my means, bought a new car only once and drove it until it died. Neither of us wanted children.
Eventually, we hit a magic number with combined assets and decided we could quit rat race. In a former life, we both worked in the news business. Tedly was a multi-media journalist and I was a former news producer.
I started before Tedly, and lived alone in Tulum, Mexico, for several months right after our marriage. Why would I marry Tedly and then leave? Two reasons: to test the waters and to provide incentive to make Tedly take the giant leap! Retirement – and living off savings – can be a scary thing. But we haven’t looked back and we love this lifestyle.
That’s the long story short. In the years leading up to now, there were many hurdles we each had to overcome, puzzles we had to solve. Yet, we made it – we’re here! Well… I should say, we are here until we go wandering off to somewhere else…
More about this website
This site is has no product affiliation of any kind. It’s an independent blog. We are not trying to sell you any products for travel, and we are not into pushing any or financial services or recommendations. Also, whenever we review a restaurant, hotel, or some other service or product, we get nothing in return. No free dinners, no free rides, no discounts of any kind.
It’s important to highlight this, because so many other blogs depend on making money and so their views may be somewhat… biased. Since we are totally financially independent, we’ll shoot ya straight. If something sucks, we’ll call it like we see it.
You might see an ad or two on this site’s posts, but those are there only to help offset the cost of hosting this site – we don’t control them and we certainly don’t get rich off of them!
Back to the fun stuff
We hope tales of our budget travel in early retirement may help or inspire others like us, whether retired yet or not.
We have a new early retirement page that gives more on our journey to financial independence. That page also points out some of the health care we have received abroad, and there is a link to a pep talk if you’ve done all the work of saving and investing, but you get butterflies when you think about actually taking the leap to retire early and travel the world. We’ve been there!
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.