October was an exciting month. We finished up our cross country roadtrip, settled back in at home in Virginia, started temporary PRN physical therapy jobs, and celebrated my birthday! The roadtrip was awesome, and I already can't wait to get back on the road to visit some more national parks. Although it was an amazing … Continue reading Financial Independence Update- October 2020
Back on the Road! Covid really threw a wrench in everyone's plans and aspirations for 2020. Although we were very fortunate compared to many people around the country and the world, we were impacted as well. We were disappointed that our 5 month trip to Latin America was cancelled this year in March after months … Continue reading 2020 Cross Country Road Trip Summary and Expenses (~$37/day!)
A little late getting this update posted! Better late than never :D! We were in the process of finishing up our 8-week cross country road trip in September. It was an awesome trip, but we were excited about getting back home by the end. All the driving (12,800 miles) and hiking (310 miles) really started to … Continue reading Financial Independence Update- September 2020
When I first discovered the concept of financial independence while in my last year of grad school, I knew it was a milestone I wanted to achieve as quickly as possible. At times this led to an almost unhealthy obsession with maximizing income, minimizing expenses, and managing my investment accounts. This dedication to my finances … Continue reading Saving 100% of Work Income: Living on Side Hustles!
We started our 8-week cross country road trip in August and did a ton of driving across the US, in addition to a lot of hiking (about 150 miles in 3 weeks). We were nervous about how sleeping in the van would be on the road trip, but it has actually been really good most … Continue reading Financial Independence Update- August 2020
July was a relatively busy month for us with road trip planning, researching vans to buy for the trip, working on the websites, and spending a lot of time in the gym. We eventually found a van that worked for us after spending a lot of time looking. Although it was more costly than I … Continue reading Financial Independence Update- July 2020
*By Whitney* A month ago we wrote about our 2020 Cross-Country Road trip plans, which included approximately 26 states and 31 National Parks! We've since modified our route a little bit based on recommendations we received. We decided that we are going to completely cut out Florida and some of the southeast, because we can … Continue reading 2020 US Cross-Country Road Trip Outline (Updated)
In June, Whitney and I spent much of our time at home in Virginia working on our health and fitness. We did at least one long hike per week (we're fortunate to live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and have access to lots of great hikes right off the Appalachian Trail). We also signed … Continue reading Financial Independence Update- June 2020
Our 2020 Plans 2020, what a year (so far)! We had to cancel our 5-month Latin America trip, which led to an unexpected 5 months at home in Virginia, which has led to buying our first house, spending more time with family and friends, and shifting gears to working on lots of other projects! Since … Continue reading Planning Our 2020 US Road Trip: 26 States/31 National Parks!
Since reaching semi-retirement in 2018 and actual financial independence in 2019, life has been a whirlwind! In the past two years, Whitney and I have traveled to over 30 countries, spending about 9 of the last 24 months in total traveling internationally. We are actually supposed to be traveling through South and Central America for … Continue reading Challenges in a Post-FIRE Life