About us

We are Ali and Alison Walker, and we used to call Seattle, Washington our home. We met in 2004, married in 2006, reached financial independence in 2017, and retired in 2018. Ali retired from her career in marketing and business development for firms that specialized in architecture, engineering, and environmental science at the age of 44. Alison worked as a Photoshop expert managing image retouching of high-end catalogs until her retirement at age 54. 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 and most of our belongings behind, switching our focus away from owning things to having experiences, and making travel our new lifestyle. We also decided to spend most of our time outside of the USA getting to know people in other countries and learning about other cultures. By November of 2018 we had sold our home and car, let go of 99% of our belongings, and left Seattle.

Now we are nomads and our home is wherever we happen to be at the moment. Our projects include travel planning, financial planning, and talking to people about personal finance, and finding ways to be good global citizens. We wake up everyday feeling excited that we have the freedom to follow our dreams, with “All Options Considered!”

More about us

Sometimes people have trouble telling us apart because our names are similar, but it’s not hard to tell the difference if you have met us!

That’s us!

This is Ali, which is short for Alexandria…

Ali’s first name is actually Alexandria, but she has been called Ali since the day she was born. She was born in Livermore, California. She is 5’2” and spent her career in marketing and business development for Engineering and Environmental Science firms. Ali retired in 2018 at the age of 44. Ali’s main projects are travel planning and building our website and social media. Ali’s hobbies include reading, writing, research, genealogy, drawing, travel planning, taking photos, hiking, cooking fun dinners, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.

This is Alison, who also goes by Ali…

Alison was born in Glendale, California. She is 6’2” and a natural swimmer like everyone in her family. Alison is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and spent her career in the print industry managing image retouching of high-end catalogs for numerous well-known companies. Alison retired in 2018 at the age of 54. Alison’s main projects are financial planning and investing. Alison’s hobbies include reading, writing, teaching, photography, hiking, cooking fabulous breakfasts, watching movies, and visiting with family and friends.