50 Reasons to Take a Mini-Retirement Now: Number 41 April 8, 2010
You could be snowboarding in fresh powder in the Italian Alps…
50 Reasons to Take a Mini-Retirement Now: #42 March 27, 2010
Because you can.
I can’t quite my job/take a leave of absence. I can’t sell or rent out my house. I can’t pull my kids out of school. I can’t get out of debt. I can’t save enough money. I can’t travel the world. I can’t live a mobile lifestyle. Does this sound familiar? Well, I have news for you…all of the above, you can. There is no one stopping you from doing all of these things, except yourself. And, with the right planning and resources, you can do all of the above without as much difficulty as you may think. I recommend voraciously reading Tim Ferriss’s blog for a plethora of lifestyle how to’s and advice.
Many people accept failure even before they actually try. “That is too difficult” or “I could never do that,” many say. But, don’t lie to yourself! If you are willing to put in the work, most things are possible, the biggest deterrents though are either fear or laziness, not your inability to do something. With enough perseverance, hard work and education, most everything is possible–especially, lifestyle change. Don’t ask, if you can do something….just do it. You can. No permission needed.
50 Reasons to Take a Mini-Retirement Now: Number 43 March 22, 2010
In 100 years it won’t matter.
That’s one of the phrase’s my dad use to tell me when I was growing up as a child. He use to tell me that line when I was upset over not getting an A+ on a test, losing a basketball game or lamenting over some other trivial matter. “In 100 years it won’t matter,” that little phrase would instantly bring me back to reality and the obvious truth that we all have about a 100 years to live and then life on earth is over. Done end of story, that’s all we get so why waste time complaining when we can be living!
What you do or don’t do, in the end, doesn’t matter. Now, you can take those words in a negative or positive spin; meaning that, “who cares what I do now, I’ll just be lazy because nothing matter anyways” and you spend your days letting life pass you by; or, you can take a positive approach to the phrase and say that, “I’m going to make these 100 years one hell of a ride” doing everything you’ve dreamed of, defying your fears, pushing away your doubts and living your life to the fullest because you realize that in the end…big pause here…in 100 years it won’t matter. When you realize this, there is no reason not to always aim higher than you can reach and always strive for what seems impossible.
50 Reasons to Take a Mini-Retirement Now #44 March 6, 2010
Anyone can make a lifestyle change.
And, sometimes, all it takes is a little inspiration:
50 Reasons to Take a Mini-Retirement Now #44 March 5, 2010
Technology masks tradition.
When I was traveling throughout Southeast Asia, some of my favorite photos I took were of men and women working in rice paddy fields. I walked past many rice farmers dressed in pointy straw hats, their ankles deep in mud, as they threw stalks of rice into the ground of a steep mountain slope. It was nothing I had ever seen before. It was serene, it was beautiful.
Now flash forward to the future and imagine a rice planting machine. It is not as serene, nor so beautiful. On one hand, I am a proponent of technology because the work, for rice farmers in Southeast Asia today and other parts of underdeveloped nations who are using traditional methods, is extremely laborious and tedious taking away time spent with family and friends. However, with that being said, witnessing first hand these traditional methods while they still exist is indescribable, and is something I am extremely grateful and fortunate to have seen in my lifetime, because, like everything in this world, change is inevitable.
50 Reasons to Take a Mini-Retirement Now: #47 February 24, 2010
Save money by taking a mini-retirement.
If you choose your destination wisely, you can live in luxury while saving money in the process. Traveling in Southeast Asia, for example, one can enjoy a beautiful lifestyle for less than $1000 a month. imagine $6 a night bungalows a few hundred feet away from a white sandy beach or a $13 hotel room equipped with air conditioning and a pool. And, although I didn’t do it, I did hear of people renting nice apartments for around $500 a month if you prefer to base yourself in one location.
What can $1000 a month get you in Seattle where I was living before I left on my world tour? Of course it depends on what kind of housing you live in, but on average $1000 would probably cover rent for one person, utilities and a night or two out on the town. However, it probably wouldn’t be enough to cover cell phone bills, groceries, car payment, gas etc.
There is often times a misconception that one needs to be rich in order to travel, but trust me you don’t! If you have the opportunity of going to a low-cost country you can actually save money as the cost of living is probably higher in your place of origin. Think of that…you should go live a abroad in order to SAVE money! See the world, experience culture and save money for retirement, by taking a mini-retirement now.