When I started my blog, it was simply intended as a way for friends and family to follow our travels. It was only years later that I realized a blog can be so much more than just a journaling site. It could be a way to enhance and support our life of freedom by allowing us to share our adventures with the world, make new friends, and crucially, generate income.
When I first started my travel blog, I had no idea that travel writers often receive free trips. But in just the second year of my blog I was invited on 15, and I only had to pay for transportation to the destinations. All of these comped stays were within the region where I live, but most were in cities I had never visited before...
In this city, I have found freelance writing to be my career and through my writing and research behind my stories, I uncover a new side of Florence, and of Tuscany, almost every week. The emotions behind life here—the true realness of how life can be lived here—the focus is on family, on food, on taking time to enjoy everything. Here, all are human first, and that is where life differs from the States.
At age 54, Vickie's plan wasn't just to retire early, it was to retire somewhere her checkbook would have more clout. So, along with her partner, Claudio, she packed up her American life and in 2018 moved to rural Chile.
Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration announced that retirees collecting Social Security checks will see a 1.6% cost of living adjustment going into 2020. You can do way better. Here's the deal (and you probably already know this): Every year you hold off on claiming Social Security, you get a guaranteed 8% increase in the payment you ultimately receive.
Since my wife, Shonna, and I moved to Rieti, Italy, two years ago, the single biggest change has been in the slower pace of our lives. A slow pace of life is at the heart of Italian culture, as spotlighted by the closing of shops for pranzo (lunch), and people’s commitment to putting family first. Read more...: Slow-Paced Italy Is the Perfect Place to Turn Your Passion Into a Money Spinner
A window display in a coin shop I passed recently grabbed my attention…a lovely, 1911 U.S. $5 Indian Head gold piece calling out to me from a small velvet tray. It was in excellent condition. Lustrous; the details of its design well defined. So, I popped in on a whim and brought it home.
Many digital nomads find that Lisbon and Porto offer the best of both worlds: all the attractions, activities, and nightlife you expect from major urban centers, combined with a chilled pace that puts you in relaxation mode from day one.
Expats Karen and Sam had a clear vision of where they wanted to be—a coastal destination in Vietnam—and the determination to make it happen.
Baby boomers, in particular, are discovering that through freelancing, they can retire early, supplement their pensions and Social Security, and fund go-anywhere lifestyles. Patty lists four reasons why freelancing holds the key to a freer, richer, more rewarding life.