Billy and Akaisha,
Just wanted to drop you a line and share how much I enjoy reading Retire Early Lifestyle articles. I cannot recall precisely how or when I first found your page, but I know it was somewhere around 2008, so I’ve been following your adventures for about 6-7 years.
I always find your observations about the world to be very detailed, to-the-point, and also warm and caring. Your site offers a depth of understanding to the world that I don’t have the luxury to enjoy…yet. But I’m on the path, and it’s enjoyable to see someone who is already there and encouraging others.
I just turned 39-years-old this past year, and after realizing that you two retired a year younger than that has pushed me to focus more intently on my goals so that my family can enjoy more of my time once I’m past the point of needing the 9-5 (or in my case 7-4). I have three kids, one of which is age 4 presently, so I probably won’t be traveling the world full time just yet. But my wife and I have plans to exit the “daily grind” within the decade. I have you to thank for the motivation to pursue this audacious–and very exciting–goal.
Thanks again for all you do!
Wow… thank you for such a heartwarming and detailed email letting us know how you enjoy our website and articles. This is fabulous!
What is even better is that you are at such a young age to have full awareness of how important it is to save for the lifestyle of your choosing. If you keep focused and keep your dreams alive, you will surely accomplish this goal. We are happy that you and your wife are on the same page. Some couples are not and it makes it harder to move forward into this lifestyle of financial freedom. So we would like to congratulate you both on that achievement!
Just in case you might be interested, we know of several families who travel with their children — one family has 5 children and she just gave birth to her sixth child while traveling on the road, and another has a child of about 3. So if that is a lifestyle you might choose, realize that others are doing it successfully and joyfully.
Please feel free to write any time.
Wishing you all the best on your road to financial freedom, and thanks again for taking the time to write.