Advice to My 23 Year Old Friends: The Young Professional’s Strategy for Early Retirement with Mucho Travel

Brandon laying across some chairs in an airport in London, about to go to sleep.

I think a lot of young people come out of college, get a job, and float aimlessly through their 20s, haunted by restlessness and feelings of “what am I doing with my life?” The job is fun and interesting at first, and there are plenty of distracting work parties and weekend getaways with friends. At 23 you’re brimming with energy, but you’re stuck behind a desk for at least 8 … Continue reading

How I Quit My Job to Travel the World, Again

Bye bye Portland. I'm on the road again, and it's party time.

I’ve done it before, and I’m doing it again. I just quit my job to travel the world. And it feels really good. Like school just let out for summer good. Like catching a sweet nugget of a wave good. Like high fiving your best friend good. It makes all the hard work over the last year and a half – the long hours at work, the injury rehab, the … Continue reading

Failure in January: My Month Spending Less than $100 on Food

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Total spent on food for the month of January: $106. Failure. Glorious failure. I started the month (and the New Year) strong. At home with my Mom I was treated to my first free meal of the month – breakfast before my flight home to Portland. I stacked up on some nuts and fruit for the plane in order to avoid buying the airport food, and headed out. For simplicity’s … Continue reading

My Year Without – January: Spending Less than $100 on Food

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I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. I think if change is necessary and if you desire it enough than there is no point in waiting for some arbitrary date, like January 1st, to implement a change. You might as well start now in this moment and make small incremental progress towards the goal. However, I can see the power in preemptively framing a year in a way that … Continue reading

How to Fly For Free, Anywhere, Anytime – The LR Guide to Frequent Flyer Miles

A smiling child, sitting on a banana leaf, with his mother laughing in the background.

Last year about this time I had just quit my job, sold almost all of my things, packed my 19 liter bag and left the country to travel around South America for six months with a loose agenda which included things to do like “learn to scuba dive”, “sail through the San Blas Islands”, “go to Carnival” and “see Machu Picchu”. When I tell people about my trip the most … Continue reading

How to Retire in Five Years: Mr. Money Mustache’s Lessons in Frugality

Calm day on the Indian ocean with beautiful cloud reflection in the glassy water.

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m a budget traveler and I plan on being one for life. I like to travel alone or in a small group, I take buses instead of flying, I stay in hostel dorm rooms, I use frequent flyer miles when I need to fly and I travel light. I’m always thinking that every dollar saved can be used towards future travel or other fun stuff, … Continue reading

Interview With Hermes Project Founder Morris Jarvis – On Productivity and Overcoming Doubts

Morris with the Hermes Spacecraft

From June 2011 to August 2012 I had the unique opportunity to work with a very interesting individual in the construction industry – Morris Jarvis. Morris is an Intel employee responsible for development of the Building Information Modeling program (BIM program) at Intel in Arizona and the founder of the Hermes Project, which is a space tourism project meant to compete with the likes of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and … Continue reading

Making the Decision to Travel to South America

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  “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for tavel’s sake. the great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.” – Robert Louis Stevenson As some of you know, I am taking some time off work … Continue reading

Why I May Never Own a Home

A warped house built in 1497 in Germany

  Life is more enjoyable when you set clear, quantifiable goals for yourself. When you have quantifiable goals there is a sense of purpose and reason infused into daily choices that serves to simplify your life. No longer are you saving $200 per month for the sake of saving, you are saving $200 dollars per month so that you can buy that blinged out diamond studdded ipod case that you’ve … Continue reading