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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 2 different categories. Alison writes our Money Crush posts, and Ali writes our Travel Stories. We hope one of our posts is useful for you. Please let us know what you think!

Recent Posts

Pools of Possibilities

I was on FaceTime the other day with a dear friend of mine and we were talking about emergency funds. This friend has a fund set aside that represents almost one year of their expenses. I think that’s quite impressive foresight to set this kind of money aside for their rainy day.Having that kind of money just “sitting” in the bank is hard for a lot of people. We have been told repeatedly we have to get our money to “work” for us. It has to earn interest, pay dividends, appreciate, and be invested right? READ MORE…

City Report – Singapore

Since this was our first destination on a 4 month trip through Southeast Asia it was hard to decide how long we should stay. A few people told us we would probably be ready to leave after 3 or 4 days since it’s very hot, it’s very expensive to stay there, and it’s more of a hub than a destination (for some people). We had agreed early in our planning process to avoid staying anywhere for only 3 or 4 days unless there’s a really good reason to move again that quickly. We like to put at least a week between travel days and want to slow travel as much as possible. After weighing our options we decided to stay in Singapore for 8 nights. READ MORE…

Our Use of the United Airlines Excursionist Perk

I‘ve been a voracious reader of online content relating to the FIRE movement for the last few years. My original goal was to read everything I could about saving and investing money so we could leave our jobs as soon as our investments were generating enough passive income to cover our yearly expenses. But there’s a second topic popular among FIRE bloggers that also appeals to me – travel hacking. Now that we are full-time travelers I’m always searching for ways to maximize our money for life on the road. READ MORE…

Visualizing Your Money

When considering this whole FIRE journey thing, it’s hard to figure out where to focus. Are we still paying off debt? Are we trying to buy a house? Have we been able to max out our 401k accounts? How much do we want to spend on travel? In our case, once we figured out our objectives, paying off mortgages and saving for travel, then we could really map out how to get there. READ MORE…

Finding Our Homes on the Road as TrustedHousesitters

Our life as full-time travelers started when we left our condo on October 25, 2018. We were officially home-free at that point, but not yet ready to leave Seattle. We had scheduled some follow-up medical appointments with our local doctors and the last one wasn’t until December 4, 2018. So we had to figure out how to stay another 41 nights in the Seattle area. READ MORE…

2018 Year End AOC Portfolio Report

One of my most important jobs in early retirement is closely tracking the performance of our portfolio. Why? We want to make sure we are invested in portions of the stock market that support our original investment thesis and goals of generating enough passive income to never have to work for someone else again. READ MORE…