Hello fellow early retirement enthusiasts and budget travelers! We are Ellie and Tedly – vagabonds in early retirement. We wanted to share our experience with other people because it’s a little unusual.
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 to a 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.
Early retirement was an intentional decision to quit our careers before the traditional retirement age. I quit my career at 43 years old. Tedly retired at 52.
How the heck did we do that?! 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…
We hope tales of our budget travel in early retirement may help or inspire others like us, whether retired yet or not.
If you have any questions about any of the places we’ve visited, please reach out. And maybe one day we will see you out here in the world!