My journey of becoming financial independence by 35 years old
Ack! Recently, the stocks market has been up. The FED is expected to raise rate, and some sectors are entering the bear. I’m waiting for the bear, for that I’m building my cash position. I’ve been working on a few articles, I’ve been trying to link them to make them flow more fluidly.
Okay, back to Retirement Destination for Cheap. Recently, I was reading an article on GoCurryCracker, they advertised the Changmai apartment for $375, and $1 for pad thai, etc. It sounds very affordable.
Why you shouldn’t do it?
Why you should do it?
So I did my searches. Here are what I found:
Room and Board: Campsite. Temperature can go down to the O degree Celcius, so 6 months of summer, maybe? You can eat for free at local social service, or cook your own at camp.
Bathroom: Shower on the Beach
Excursions: Beach, walking, hiking, boating
Making Money: Hustle to work on a Yatch and boat, odd jobs.
Experience life in France and immerse yourself deep into the French culture. Live with a host family and tutor them in conversational English up to 15 hours a week in exchange for free room and board, making this one of the best volunteer abroad opportunities possible. Spend your free time experiencing the culture by traveling and exploring the area. This program has a focus on cultural exchange and host families are not only excited to learn English but also love to share the characteristics of their country, culture and cuisine.
**Some of these places, you’re required to do some work in exchange for room and board. You can learn more from here
You can feel down, and the world might look like it is collapsing, but there are always choices and things you can do for relatively with little or no money spent. Any of these options sound like an epic adventure to me. :P.
The million dollars question is “Would I do it now?” I probably can. But I won’t for now. Two big reasons:
Both Mr. and I have elderly parents. Mr. WRI’s Mom health condition isn’t very good. It is our responsibility to take care of our parents. Short trips are okay for now, but we can’t take months on out.
When we went to Puerto Rico, we saw some beach bums, that are either too poor or have no money to go back to their country. I don’t want to be in that position. I know I have the money to retire, but I’m someone who is more comfortable if I have a clear plan.
Update on Rental:
2. One of the unit, one tenant is graduating, so she wants to sublet her room. One thing having a property with good fengshui is people advance faster. When they do, they want to move on. 😛 The dilemma is the roommates want another student to move in, and they want to choose their own roommate. But they haven’t gotten any luck, and they were concern that the girl is listing an ads on Craigslist. I haven’t heard back, as it is still a month away from her moving out. The roommates want the girl to honor the whole lease, as it is to their incentive having less people in the apartment.
Update on Vacations: We will take three vacations for this winter-spring.
One of the thing on my bucket list is to learn to ski. For the first time in my life, I would like to embracing the winter to its fullest – the snow, the cold, and the sports of the winter. Yes, I’m tired of scraping off snow off my car, or having making snow each time I breathe out. I take it if I embracing it, maybe the winter would go away faster? Maybe? 😛
So for this, we will take two long weekend trips. I’d like to buy the season pass, and spend the long weekends until we “master” skiing. (*I use master loosely, as for us, our goal is probably not to fall down, and ski in straight lines, have some control when we make turn. That’s it!!)
One trip to Caribbean Islands – I don’t know which island yet. My wishlist includes Grand Cayman, Belize, Dominican Republic, Sint Maarten (if I make it here, I’ll take day trip to see surrounding islands) as I can’t shop for airline ticket ahead of time as the tickets are still in the $600 minimum, last year we scored the Puerto Rico ticket for below $300. I’d like the same equal deal, perhaps?! Crossing my fingers. I’m learning French, according to duolingo.com, I’m progressing at 44% fluency. (I’m still not comfortable yet, still struggling with the French “R”. I’ve been watching French movies, tv show, listening to song, read children stories, subscribe to Francophone bloggers. The next step is to go to French speaking country such as Sint Maarten to practice.
Would you try any of these option? Have you back pack to Europe or to South America, Asia or Africa before?