Early retirement dream

Look at it this way, anyone that tries early retirement will find one of three scenarios:

  • You will enjoy yourself and live happily ever after
  • You will not enjoy retirement and return to work
  • You will run out of money and return to work

That does not seem like much of a downside to me, the worst that can happen is you have to return to earning a living... and nothing can take away the experiences that you enjoyed while you were retired.

try early retirement

Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem In Memoriam:27, 1850: states in part "'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.

That is exactly how you should look at trying to retire early...we have been blessed and have been retired since 1994... you cannot put a price tag on the wonderful experiences we have had together.

Some lifestyle suggestions, for your early retirement dream

We have had experience in the following lifestyles that all have one thing in common... they are inexpensive... maybe they will get you to thinking about early retirement as well. 

  • Living aboard a sailboat
  • Living in an RV
  • Living overseas
  • Living in small spaces
  • Relocating

We realize that living aboard a sailboat is not for everyone.

5 years before we retired to boat life , neither one of us had ever been on a sailboat, we just knew we wanted to do it.

We are not trying to sell you on anything, we are asking you to just stop and think of different ways to achieve your dream of retiring early.

It does require some planning and here's how to proceed in determining if the early retirement is something you want to do.

First you dream then you plan

early retirement dream

This is where our retirement dream of living on a sailboat began, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas United States Virgin Islands.

Up until that day neither my wife or I had ever been on sailboat... that's how quickly a retirement inspiration can hit you. 

If you have not gone there yet and looked at our lists of things we never want to do again and things we want to do, please take the time to see how we started.

After identifying what you want to do, you simply have to convince yourself that it is worthy for you to do so.

Never ask anyone else "When can I retire?"

That is a decision best left up to yourself. 

There is one final checklist you should write out.

Thanks for reading about our early retirement dream...what's your dream?