2020 was our 8th full year of “retirement.” While much of the world seemed a bit more chaotic than usual, we were fortunate to be largely sheltered from any abnormality.
We had a pretty good year – we started with a big ski trip to Japan (Jr’s 1st), traveled a bunch locally, had a baby, and joined a country club. We also upscaled our housing, our taxes, and our domestic staff.
These things were not inexpensive, but even so our spending was no higher than our most profligate travel years (just 3x our 1st year.)
2020 was our 8th full year of life beyond work. After all this time I still feel it is pretty nice.
This year was a bit more disorganized than most, simply because the year was more chaotic – a global pandemic and the birth of our 2nd child may have been contributing factors. As such, 2020 content was more wide than deep. Topics covered include:
Each year we’ve also shared detailed income and blog traffic data – I always suspected that during a big recession readership and income on a blog such as this would plummet. If there are no capital gains, there isn’t much interest in tax optimization. If you can’t or won’t travel, travel hacking isn’t the most exciting topic.
Let’s just say that I was pleasantly surprised on both counts.