Financial Independence Update- October 2020

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

Financial Independence Update- September 2020

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 tripĀ 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

Financial Independence Update- August 2020

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

Financial Independence Update- July 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

Financial Independence Update- June 2020

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

Challenges in a Post-FIRE Life

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

Financial Independence Update- May 2020

May was not nearly as busy as April for Whitney and I. We mostly spent the month getting things unpacked and set up in the new house. This ended up being a little more expensive than I anticipated, but not too bad overall. Luckily we already had some of the furniture, had some given to … Continue reading Financial Independence Update- May 2020

Cashing Out Instead of Keeping Points for Credit Card Rewards during COVID-19

Covid-19 is continuing to take a massive toll on countries all over the world. In the US, lockdowns and restrictions are beginning to lift, but cases and fatalities are still increasing in much of the world, especially in the southern hemisphere. With things so uncertain right now, it's hard to predict when international travel will … Continue reading Cashing Out Instead of Keeping Points for Credit Card Rewards during COVID-19

Paying Cash for a House Instead of Paying Off Student Loans

Buying a Home with Cash As I mentioned in last month's financial independence update, about a month ago I bought my first house and decided to pay cash for it! This was after about 5 years of saving and investing since graduating physical therapy school in 2015. It has been a wild ride since graduation, … Continue reading Paying Cash for a House Instead of Paying Off Student Loans