Living outside the norm

Being left-handed, sometimes I feel that I think very different than right-handed people. I like to analyze things but also put a creative spin whenever I can. I’ve long learned to not care about what other people think about me – why waste my time & energy when I have better things to do, like enjoying life and building our dividend portfolio?

I’ve been following Jeremy and Winnie at Go Curry Cracker for a while and love the idea that they’re traveling around the world in their 30’s instead of working in a cubical. Mrs. T and I (and Baby T1.0) were fortunate to meet up with Team Go Curry Cracker (and GCC Jr.) for coffee when we were in Japan last year. We talked about being financially free, early retirement, and their travel plans. This meeting reinforced our dream of traveling around the world when we are financially free one day.

But what is our travel plans? Where do we plan to go? What’s our timeline? How would this work with 2 kids and their education? How can we possibly afford this kind of extravagant lifestyle?

With so many questions, I believe it’s time to write a post to discuss our travel plans. So I kidnapped the sarcastic Mr. 1500’s dinosaurs to force him let me write a guest post on his awesome blog*. Please head over to 1500 Days to check out my guest post on our incredible travel plans. 

*I’m kidding of course. 😀


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22 thoughts on “Living outside the norm”

  1. I like how you used the fact that you’re a lefty to confirm that you’re different from anybody else. Lol. I’m also a lefty. Apparently left-handed females are even more rare than left-handed males. I, too, analyze things quite a bit and felt for the most part I was different from everybody else. My career path and life thus far has been quite the winding road with a lot of ups and downs.

    Your travel plans sounds amazing. I think in the future, I would love to have a location-independent type job, aka digital nomad. It just sounds so liberating! 🙂

    • You should be proud that you’re different than everyone else. We all need to strive to be different. Digital nomad is something we’re striving for sure. Being location independent when it comes to work will open a lot of opportunities.

  2. I read your guest post and was fascinated that you were planning a similar post retirement lifestyle such as GCC. I often wonder how what other early FIers plan to do…especially those in high cost of living areas. I think if we decided to leave NYC…early FI would definitely be easier. Part of me finds the nomadic lifestyle exciting but I’m not sure I could do it. I probably prefer a home base. And leaving NYC for us is difficult as both my wife’s parents and mine live here. Just out of your parents/wife’s parents know about your future plans and what do they think of it?

    • Hi Andrew,

      I think if you leave NYC it’d definitely be easier and faster to achieve FI, but it’s tough when your families are from the same place. My parents know that we’re aiming for FIRE but don’t really know about our travel plans. My wife’s parents probably welcome us living closer to Denmark. 🙂

  3. That’s the right attitude Tawcan, not minding what others think of us. Let’s just focus on our own and make our life at its best. That plan of yours looks so good, by the way!

  4. Great pictures there Tawcan…you inspire us to make sure we take our kids on international trips and expose them to different cultures, foods, experiences, etc. Financially and logistically it is very challenging to travel with kids right now as both kids require a car seat but we do plan to venture out more and more as the kids grow older. For now, I vow to explore one new state per year until we are brave enough (and finances permit) to go on more extravagant trips.

    Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to here your travel plans. For now, we will just live vicariously through you. 🙂 AFFJ

    • We haven’t really decided, we may decide to permanently move one day. We like to keep our plans fluid so we can make changes.

      • Hey Tawcan,
        as people whom lived in multiple countries please consider the following: after about 3-4 years in a new spot it feels like “normal” again. This isn’t to say you cannot/should not move permanently, but it is something to consider (i.e. does the new place provide long term benefits over where you live now).
        We think you are smart by keeping plans fluid, as your state of mind and life situations change continuously, your plans should be able to accommodate change.
        Love the travel plans!!

        • Hi Team CF,

          Good point about on having a new spot feeling like “normal” again. That’s one reason we think having a permanent place is a good idea.

  5. Hi Tawcan, I really enjoyed your post on your travelling plans. There is definitely much more to life than just increasing the net worth.

    Once I reach financial freedom, travelling is definitely on my shortlist to do. I may even want to live abroad for a few years to get some life experience. 🙂

  6. Your plans sound fantastic! One education option you might consider for any periods when you’re staying put for a while — lots of countries have international schools. I’ve heard nothing but good things about those schools, and how much they help kids learn by having classmates from all around the world. They seem totally in line with your values and priorities, so are worth checking out!

  7. homeschooling is great. look at what MMM’s and his kid. It seems like he could transfer a lot more knowledge to the kids more efficiently than the standard public or private education. My best memories were spending time with my parents and learning things from them that school couldn’t offer.

    I wish you the best at achieving FI and traveling goals!

    • Hi Vivianne,

      Very true that if you do it right you can probably transfer a lot more knowledge to the kids more efficiently. You can tailor the teaching to suite kids’ needs too.

  8. I would have thought you were a lot more badass if you actually kidnapped them ;). Great post at 1500 days Tawcan!


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