2017 was our 5th full year of early retirement, world travel, and blogging. Most of the content I’ve written comes from trying to figure things out for myself and our family, and then sharing the outcome. It’s helped create an exciting community of early retirees, tax geeks, expats, world travelers, nomadic families, and adventurers.
Although the blog became a profitable side business back in 2014, any financial benefit was mostly accidental. I typed some words, talked to some reporters, added some links, and (occasionally) cashed some checks.
In 2017 I thought, “Hmm, maybe I should actually try to do some businessy stuff with this thing.”
I think the results were positive.
“Daddy, Daddy, look….. TOYS!!!!!”
Elation. Ecstasy. Euphoria. Never has a 2 year old been as excited walking into a cousin’s toy room.
Which is perfectly understandable. I mean, just look at these photos of us playing with all of those toys.
After another circumnavigation of this wonderful world we find ourselves back in Taipei, Taiwan. This time we even signed a lease.
The neighborhood is great. There is a small park next door, and we are within a 10 minute bike ride of the 2 biggest parks in the city. We are a 5 minute walk to the subway station, and 2 of the big transport corridors for bus / taxi / Uber transit are close by. A weekly public market and a grocery store are just next door, and 100s of restaurants are within 10 minutes by foot. Despite the proximity to everything, it is calm and quiet and our street is lightly trafficked.
What we really liked though was the interior.
An International Family – 4 Generations
I’m from a good sized family, the oldest of 4 children. I have 9 nieces and nephews. Both parents have 5+ siblings. My Grandmother has 16 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren, of which I am her favorite. (Obvi)
You can’t pick your family, but I’m fortunate to have been dealt a winning hand. Family is important, and mine is kind and supportive; they’ve been there when times were tough and encouraged me to chase my dreams.
I’ve also done well with my Internet family, the nice people online who look out for my best interests. Some of them are concerned that a nomadic family might not get enough love, as you can see:
“I love my family, I would never abandon them like you did!”
“My siblings and parents visit often, I couldn’t disappear for months at a time just to travel.”
“It is terrible that your child will never have strong relationships with his cousins and grandparents!”
Thanks everyone, you’re the best!
But there is no need to be concerned. Not only is our nomadic family full of happiness and love, we are thriving. Here is why:
New Construction (Not our house, photo credit)
Greetings friends, I have big news! We’ve purchased a home! A real stick-built house with walls and everything!
I haven’t been this giddy since I was a school boy, so let me tell you all about it.
Saving a high percentage of income as a path to financial independence has received a lot of recent attention in the press. I love that this crazy idea has almost become a movement, changing lives for the better.
Due to the publicity I’ve had the good fortune to meet several strangers who have become friends, thanks to the common bonds of world travel and financial wizardry.
However, I have a confession to make: I have more in common with the detractors. I actually really suck at being frugal.