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2 girls, post-FIRE, home-free,
slow traveling around the world.

About us

We are Ali and Alison Walker, and we used to call Seattle, Washington our home. We met in 2004, married in 2006, and retired in 2018. After reaching FIRE (Financial Independence / Retire Early) we wanted a complete and total change from our career-focused lives. We decided that meant leaving our Seattle life behind and making travel our new lifestyle. By November of 2018 we had sold our home and car, let go of 99% of our belongings, and left Seattle. READ MORE…

Our Blog

We have separated our blog posts into 3 different categories. Alison writes our Money Crush posts, and Ali writes our Travel Stories. And sometimes we post more personal stories as well, which we categorize as It’s just us. We hope one of our posts is useful for you. Please let us know what you think!

Recent Posts

Hanoi and Glorious Ha Long Bay

Right now when we can’t travel, we can remember how much fun it was to visit new places last year. We spent a week in Hanoi in April of 2019, plus a one night excursion out to Ha Long Bay. We enjoyed the city but what we remember most was the Ha Long Bay cruise. We had heard some amazing stories from others who visited Ha Long Bay, and to be honest we weren’t sure it would live up to the hype. But the experience was fabulous, worth every penny, and definitely makes our bucket list! READ MORE…

Our Trip Back to the US During COVID

We intentionally avoided returning to the US in March when things were chaotic. We wanted to wait until our originally planned travel date on May 3 in hopes of having a gentler time with reentry. That seems to have been the right decision since our return trip included zero chaos. READ MORE…

Don’t Let Market Downturns Take YOU Down

It’s human nature to want to do the things folks tell us aren’t good for us. It’s human nature to want to get out and run around and not just sit still for too long. But what do you do when there’s a worldwide pandemic that requires you to stay inside AND simultaneously the stock market experiences one of its most dramatic Black Swan events in history?  READ MORE…

Now What Are We Gonna Do?

We were looking forward to some annual life planning in May but it turns out we needed to spend time working on our plans a little earlier than expected because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like right now. Last time we had a major life changing planning summit was our Seabrook Summit which is basically when we decided to retire early. Instead of planning 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years out this time we are focused on 1 month, 3 months, and 7 months out so we have some idea of what the rest of 2020 will look like. We are practicing life planning in bizarre circumstances like so many other people these days. READ MORE…

We’re in this Together!

As we isolate ourselves from our family and friends as well as the people located around us, we are constantly thinking of our community. Our community is much bigger than our geographic neighborhood. We are staying in touch with our family and friends everyday, and listening to personal stories about how this difficult time is affecting people’s lives in unique ways. The common thread is that huge numbers of people in the US and all over the world are dealing with all sorts of medical, financial, and emotional issues right now. The issues with COVID-19 are serious and this virus needs to be taken seriously – we personally know people who have tested positive for COVID-19 back in the US. The financial issues are also real. People are worrying about losing their jobs and businesses, about losing their homes, and about how they’ll pay for food and basic necessities. We personally know people back in the US who have lost their jobs in the last couple weeks. READ MORE…

Ode to Packing (during a pandemic)

Dear Packing List – Thank you for helping us make every place we visit feel like home. And thank you for keeping us grounded, safe, and comfortable everywhere we travel to on this fabulous earth. Love, Ali

At this moment in time, travel is heavily restricted because it brings bigger groups of people into close proximity in a Petri dish environment. Being on a plane or a ship or a bus right now can be dangerous and increase person-to-person spread of COVID-19. Social distancing is important because it can slow down community transmission of this terrible virus. The experts agree and their message is very clear – if you do not have to travel you should not be traveling right now. So we are staying here in Mexico for the time being, where we have been since the start of 2020. READ MORE…

What’s Your Why for FI?

In the FIRE community one question that gets asked all the time is, what is your motivation to change your approach to life and money and stop following the pack? Shortly after Ali and I made that decision in June of 2017 I asked Ali this question, “Why do you want to stop working right now?” Her answer was amazing and very simple. “Because I want to spend more time with you.” Talk about a mic drop. That was it. That’s why we decided to stop working. To spend more time with each other, and more time traveling, reading, walking, cooking, going to the movies, and talking about silly things as well as important things. READ MORE…