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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Crack the Code to Affordable Adventure:

Living on $40,000 Around the World

with Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

They say it's impossible, but Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are living proof – a life of travel, and adventure doesn't have to break the bank. Intrigued by their globetrotting lifestyle on just $40,000 a year? The secret lies not in deprivation, but in a smart approach to living.

Luxury for Less: Redefining Priorities

Forget sacrificing comfort. Billy and Akaisha demonstrate that you can experience the world without the hefty price tag. Their secret? Ditching the unnecessary clutter. They've chosen not to be weighed down by a complicated lifestyle with expensive possessions and a large living space.

Freedom over Stuff: A Life Rich in Experiences

For over 33 years, their journey has spanned continents, from Thailand and Vietnam to Mexico and Central America, to Europe and the Caribbean. They've invested in experiences, not things. New gadgets, clothes, even medical care – they've managed it all on their budget. They've explored on bikes, hiked breathtaking trails, scuba dived vibrant coral reefs, and traversed countless miles by taxi, bus, and plane.

So, what can you learn from Billy and Akaisha?

Challenge pre-conceptions: Affordable travel is achievable, even with a seemingly small budget. Prioritize experiences: Invest in memories, not just material possessions. Embrace a minimalist lifestyle: Shedding unnecessary expenses frees up resources for adventure.

Older couple in front of a fountain in Italy

Billy and Akaisha in Italy

You ask: How is this possible?

Downsize the house, car, and Uncle Sam

Our housing expenses include our annual fees, maintenance, repairs, and utilities for our home in the States, as well as hotel rooms or apartments we may rent while on the road. It also includes the expenses for our apartment in our adopted town of Chapala, Mexico. To ameliorate these costs, sometimes we house sit. We have been car free for years now, but our transportation costs include airline tickets, visas, passport renewals, taxis, boats, trains, and tuk-tuks.

If you look at your own expenses, you will see that housing and transportation take a good chunk of your income. Becoming mindful of what goes in to support these two areas of your life will be eye-opening. Take a close and honest evaluation of this state of affairs for yourself. Understand precisely where your money goes and why.

Another area that takes fiscal attention is taxes. Income taxes are something you can control by restructuring your portfolio. Interest from corporate bonds and short-term capital gains are taxed at income rates that are higher than qualified dividends and long-term capital gains. This restructuring is something to think about and can save you a significant amount of money yearly.

In most cases, housing, transportation, taxes and food/entertainment are the top areas of cash outlay in a person's economic life. Modifying any or all of them -- which is exactly what we did -- will have a significant impact on your annual expenses.

 

 

 

 

High living, low costs

All that being said, we have a great deal of fun living on $40,000 per year. Spending wisely, we get the most bang for our buck. For instance, living in a resort location in the States, we have access to a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a workout room without having to lay out cash for their maintenance. We eat high-quality meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables because we shop at farmer's markets and watch for the rotating grocery sales to purchase when prices are attractive.

When we visit foreign countries, we live like the locals, eating fresh foods from the open markets, and we rent apartments, house sit or rent hotel rooms by the month. In this way we have maid service, gardeners, Wifi, and no utility expenses. Our stay in Chapala, Mexico has proven to be economically beneficial in all areas from food, dining, transportation, to receiving medical care, and in-country travel.

Walking instead of driving whenever possible, we also choose low-cost entertainment options such as tennis, hiking, biking, swimming, going to museums and art shows, and enjoying
local festivals and celebrations. Volunteering for projects wherever we live, this provides us with new learning experiences and a sense of fulfillment. We share time with friends either cooking for them ourselves or going out to lunch instead of opting for higher-priced dinners. And when it's time to hit the road, we take full advantage of current airline deals and travel packages. Currently, living just 30 minutes from Guadalajara international airport makes things very easy.

Reaping the benefits of simplicity, we place more emphasis on creating a life of meaning rather than a life of "'stuff."

What about you?

So you think you can't make it on $40,000 yearly? How about $50,000 or more? All this means is that your net worth will need to be high enough to maintain these levels of spending.

No matter where you are in this continuum, you can profit from doing any of the following:

Simplify your personal infrastructure. Know where your money is going, and decide whether it's worth it to you. Do you want to keep up the pace of your current spending? Make your funding priorities reflect your values.

Plan your retirement tax strategy now.

Know there is a balance in the exchange of time and money. Do you want more money, or do you want more time? Your choice here will affect your future. Be clear about what you want.

Remember, the best things in life are free. Friendships and connection to society are based more on your attention and time, rather than on your money. Watching the sun set with a loved one -- sharing life experiences together -- creates memories that will far outlast anything you can purchase.

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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 RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, 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 Amazon.com.

 

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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