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

Reflections on 2013 – The Keys to a Great Travel Year

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This is the time of year where bloggers across the internet are taking a crack at the softball of all blog posts – their reflections on the previous year. Although ubiquitous, I can see the value in a post like this. Sometimes we get so lost in the here-and-now we can forget where we’ve been. I’ll admit before I wrote this post I forgot about how much cool stuff I … 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

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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

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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

How to Travel with Less Stuff than Gandhi – The 2013 Life Reengineered Minimalist Packing Guide

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Happy day after Mother’s day! I hope you all had a chance to connect with your wonderful mothers in whatever way you could. As my mother would remind me, it’s not what’s in your bag that matters most, it’s what’s in your heart. Enjoy! I travel with a 19 liter bag, which is the size of a school kids book bag. I’ve been traveling for 6 months straight, living out … Continue reading

The Inside Scoop on How to Learn to Surf

Barreling Wave on Bluff Beach, Panama

“And then the lightning bolt struck me: surfing is more religious than religion” -Rob Gilley, excerpt from Surfermag article The Church of Yew For the last five weeks of my trip and since returning to the US I’ve been surfing almost daily. I’ve re-fallen in love with the sport after a 5 year hiatus during which time I surfed only a few times each year. Work, family, friends, interest in … Continue reading

Why I Travel and Why You Should Too

Brandon at the Beach, standing on a stack of square rocks, looking out over the sea, with a Brazilian flag draped over his shoulders.

“The important thing to remember, is that this simulation is a good one. It’s believable, it’s tactile. You can reach out, things are solid. You can move objects from one area to another. You can feel your body – you can say I’d like to go over to this location and you can move this mass of molecules, through the air, over to another location, at will. That’s something you … Continue reading

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

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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