We like to remind ourselves of this historic day a few years ago. Now it’s been four years since our first published blog, April Fools’ Day 2013. Fools? Haven’t decided. . . yet. We’re on the five year plan. A plan we renew every five years. It’s the “goal setting” plan for
fools “free spirits”.
This was my first published blog post from four years ago, April 2013. . .
Retire overseas for $700 a month?
Hali brought home this clipping and right off the bat I thought, No way!! That’s $23 and some change per day. So it got me thinking. That $700 refers to monthly expenses for one person. If I double it, could two live on $1400 a month? Yes, probably.
I took out a notebook and jotted down our monthly “disposable” expenses: newspaper, utilities, gym, cable, insurance, etc, etc. I had a full page of our expenses NOT including taxes or mortgage. Imagine what the total was? Somewhere between $1200-$1500. Without these expenses, we’d have $50 a day in our pockets.
On our first trip to Europe in 1985, I brought two guidebooks. Travel guru Rick Steves’ Europe Through The Back Door and Europe on $5 a Day. At that time, Rick Steves’ was a little-known travel writer from Seattle with just Back Door, dare I say, under his (money) belt. But I was fascinated by his travel savvy. Now he has his entire Europe guidebook empire which I refer to for European insights but I’m pretty sure he’s no longer staying in hostels.
That’s why Europe on $5 a Day came in handy. It was written by broke college students willing to take a room in a convent, boat, or funky abode. Our budget allowed for something in between both travel philosophies. That year we did three months in Europe for about $50 a day including rail passes. If we did it then, we certainly could do it today.
From the time I saw that clipping until today, our strategy for the end game was inspired.
With the loss of Carlos, our doors are wide open. And the sky’s the limit. That’s right, as promised, our fall “pillar” plans are now set in stone. A one-way ticket to Spain where we’ll spend a couple weeks hiking the Camino de Santiago, explore the rest of Spain and Portugal, and adventure across to Morocco. No plan for a return ticket.
WHY?. . .
It’s been a BIG adventure since publishing our first blog post in 2013. We’ve answered the questions HOW and WHY. Now, currently in Florida, we’ve answered the question WHERE. WHEN? We’ll be on the road again in about two weeks. From here, all roads lead west.
Until next Fools’ Day, stay tuned.