Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays everyone! I wish you all a joyful and well deserved holiday season.

We had another adventurous year, circumnavigating the globe and visiting 15 countries. France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, United States (but less than 35 days), Japan, and Taiwan.

Our Instagram shares some great photos of each.

Jr now has 28 unique stamps in his 2 passports. I was surprised when I added it all up this morning.


Tax Reform and the Early Retiree


Many of we early retirees and aspiring early retirees are on the never ending quest to Never Pay Taxes Again.

With the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 about to be signed into law (aka the Largest Tax Cut in HistoryTM, perhaps a better name than The Mother of All Tax Cuts) it is worth assessing what impact this round of tax reform may have on the common tax minimization strategies.

Overall, I prefer a little more reform in my tax reform, but most individuals should see…


So You Want to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

(GCC: Ever since I read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, it has been a dream of mine to hike the Appalachian Trail. It’s also a popular idea for those early stages of Early Retirement, when the psychological transition from earning to spending is underway. Fresh air, physical exertion, and low prices are a great cure all. Plus an accomplishment as great as this one can bring a whole new perspective to life. Just ask Joe, today’s guest post author. )

Me (after returning from a three day hike in the Smokies): Hey, uhh…Katie?

Katie: Yes?

Me: I wanna hike the Appalachian Trail. Like the whole thing. All at once.

Katie: You do? When?

Me: This March (we were planning on getting married in March…)