We are a family of five on the path to financial independence. We are planning on traveling with our kids 3-6 months a year, worldschooling and seeing the world with them. We have been given the amazing privilege of growing up and living in a developed country and I (Mr. Nomad) have been blessed with a fantastic job that has made it possible to achieve our dreams so quickly (though discipline is definitely a big part of it). We are growing more excited as we see our financial milestones continuing to be met and our time to break out of the Matrix growing closer. It certainly hasn’t been an easy journey so far, but it sure has been rewarding. I know that our family bonds will continue to grow stronger and our satisfaction will continue to increase as we get closer to our goals.
It all started almost 20 years ago when I met Miss Nomad. We both had a love for traveling and a thirst to see the world as well as a heart for people in the developing world and a desire to serve as missionaries internationally. We had both grown up living a relatively itinerant childhood and feel that much of our character was formed by coming into contact with people from all walks of life.
After a whirlwind romance, we met and married within a year, we……stayed in our home country for the next 20 years. We sure tried to get out and see the world, exploring paths like the Peace Corp, an overseas dissertation for a Ph.D., and an international residency, but nothing panned out…
We did continue to move around nearly constantly, as jobs and school would allow, moving almost yearly until the kids began to come. Since then, we’ve toned it down to one move every 4-5 years. We’ve seen much of our home country, and quite a bit of the surrounding countries, and we have been to around 15 countries on 4 continents. But our dream to raise our kids in another culture has yet to be realized.
Hence the financial independence: not being tied to a job unless we choose to be tied. We have been very careful financially to save up for our retirement, our kids college, for emergencies and rainy days, living way below our means so that we could achieve freedom. For us, this means not having to save anymore with each paycheck – giving ourselves the ability to earn just enough for our daily needs. If then we move to a cheaper place (geographic arbitrage), this money goes much farther. My current plans are to start working half time in the near future. More on that development in future posts.
Well, that’ll do for a “hello world”. I’ll plan on updating as I can, but it may be a while before I can work up to regular scheduled updates. Cheers!