Hiking the Appalachian Trail
(GCC: Ever since I read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, it has been a dream of mine to hike the Appalachian Trail. It’s also a popular idea for those early stages of Early Retirement, when the psychological transition from earning to spending is underway. Fresh air, physical exertion, and low prices are a great cure all. Plus an accomplishment as great as this one can bring a whole new perspective to life. Just ask Joe, today’s guest post author. )
Me (after returning from a three day hike in the Smokies): Hey, uhh…Katie?
Me: I wanna hike the Appalachian Trail. Like the whole thing. All at once.
Katie: You do? When?
Me: This March (we were planning on getting married in March…)
After another circumnavigation of this wonderful world we find ourselves back in Taipei, Taiwan. This time we even signed a lease.
The neighborhood is great. There is a small park next door, and we are within a 10 minute bike ride of the 2 biggest parks in the city. We are a 5 minute walk to the subway station, and 2 of the big transport corridors for bus / taxi / Uber transit are close by. A weekly public market and a grocery store are just next door, and 100s of restaurants are within 10 minutes by foot. Despite the proximity to everything, it is calm and quiet and our street is lightly trafficked.
What we really liked though was the interior.
“Hey man, it is all well and good that you guys lived like paupers for a decade, but you have to admit… that was totally unsustainable!”
The popular corollary to this statement is, “I don’t want to live like I’m poor forever. I want to live a little.”
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard this line of reasoning, I could probably afford to retire, or something.
Or maybe the correct pronoun is they.
Rainbow of Credit (photo credit, badumtss)
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A little over a year ago, with much fanfare Chase launched a new travel oriented rewards credit card, the Sapphire Reserve.
Despite a seemingly steep annual fee ($450), we were eagerly among the early adoptees.
After a year of card use, did the benefits exceed the cost? Let’s check (hint: yes, they did indeed.)
FinCon or Bust
It’s that time of year again, when the world’s financial bloggers converge to communicate, collaborate, and carouse, aka FinCon.
We will miss out since we are back in Asia, but hundreds of others will be converging in Dallas this week. As with any gathering that involves travel, there will be airplane tickets and hotel rooms, a bit of dining, maybe a car rental or Uber, and perhaps even an alcohol related expense or two.
Sounds like a great opportunity to use credit card reward points to get some free travel, right?! Several people on Twitter were considering last minute trips and trying to decide, cash or points.
imho, cash. Every time. Twice on Sunday.