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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

One Meal a Day

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

Traveling can be stressful enough with going from town to town, staying in strange hotel rooms, navigating the city's unfamiliar streets and dealing with the unknown location of restaurants.

In Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, even Asia, Australia, Bali and New Zealand, it is not unusual to cook a meal in one's hotel room. Years ago we decided that if we could eat just one meal a day in our room, we could save a small fortune.

Think about it. Breakfast costs for two with tax, tip and coffee could easily be $10 a person and that would calculate out to $600 a month.


Bag of freshly ground coffee, ceramic pot, heater coil, French press coffee pot, lightweight unbreakable coffee cups

I know, eating a meal in one's hotel room and saving money might not sound sexy. But for us, getting up slowly and easily in the morning, making coffee in our room, relaxing while we are reading the news and checking the financial markets is a good thing.

Sweet. Comfortable. Homey.

 We take our time to shower and prepare for the day with no rush or starving stomachs pushing us out of the room.

Fresh sweet pear, salami, slice of carrot, yesterday's garlic bread, brie cheese and raisins, yesterday's quesadilla - a typical breakfast in our hotel room

Sometimes we will use leftovers from yesterday’s huge meals such as steak, a quesadilla, or pork chop. Then we'll place cheese, nuts, or fruit and if we find a great bakery we'll add a croissant or pastry. This makes for an enjoyable non-rushed morning before heading out for our day’s adventurers.


On occasion, and certainly depending on the weather if it is raining, we'll make some dry packaged soup for dinner. Add an avocado and some cheese or whip an egg in the hot broth and we have a delicious meal. Or maybe a can of black beans, some sausage and onion with cheese on top and we are good to go!

How much could you save on your travels if you chose to eat one meal a day in your hotel room?

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About the Authors

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

Retire Early Lifestyle appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, values their time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow the crowd.

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