Recently, I had that moment a lot of people probably do when they wonder what is next for their life.
I am early 50’s, no partner or kids (but a cat), have a decent job with a fair salary and have a sizeable mortgage.
I guess I am reasonably content but not particularly enthused. Other than owning part of a house, I can’t say I have achieved a whole lot in terms of career or tangible assets. I started to review my life and experiences & it became clear that one of the few times I was really happy and at peace was during my several visits to Thailand. I found the people, culture, food and climate really worked for me and it is where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.
The problem is, I don’t have the money to retire there anytime soon. My savings and superannuation is on the low side. I have a reasonable amount if equity accrued in my house but not near enough to let me retire unless I want to be homeless after a few years.
I estimated I need approximately $500K to let me live fairly comfortably in Thailand without having to check my account balance every week. The other part of the equation is I want to retire there in 5 years. The numbers definitely don’t add up!
My blog will be partly about my journey to my goal of early retirement to Thailand, changes to my financial habits and other things I do to save and earn money.
Over time, I hope I find a few people to follow the process and keep me accountable, so I don’t lose focus when I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and it gets too hard.
It all starts today!