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The very real ways that getting older has changed how I define the perfect retirement, plus pictures of that new “dream.”
The neat thing about being retired is that you get to do what you want, whenever you want. One thing I hadn’t fully absorbed when I set off on my FIRE journey, though, was how my age would change the way I defined “the perfect retirement”.
I’ve been thinking about early retirement since I was 12. Back then, the things that appealed to me were things like travelling the world, living in a different country every three months and eating all the local foods and meeting all the local people. Rad.
While travel still appeals to me, it does so in a much more scaled back fashion. We recently planned our baby moon. It was our last chance to travel together before a major change in our lives. We had the time, the resources, the world was our oyster. What exotic locale did we pick?
We picked the Hudson Valley, a one to two hour drive from NYC. While I loved the idea of touring the UK, the thought of getting on a flight was off-putting. Packing up all my stuff for an international trip, going to the airport several hours early, sitting in that tiny seat… plus having to research so many things to make the most of the trip. Ugh.
Also, given the travel time required we would want to stay for a week. The complicating factor is I’ve discovered I begin to miss my own