We retired early and moved into a trailer – something we learned after our first year

Being retired, I rarely know the date. Heck, even finding the right day of the week is often a challenge for me.

When my wife asked me one morning if I knew what day it was, my mind began to race.

I sorted my mental Rolodex for important dates. Our wedding day? no The anniversary of our first kiss? no is it someone’s birthday no And then I realized as she said the date out loud, it was the first anniversary of our retirement! I can’t believe it’s been a year already.

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We retired on Friday, June 4th, 2021 and left the following Monday for a week long camping trip on the Oregon Coast in our new Teardrop trailer.

Departing on a Monday was intentional and added a tangible exclamation mark to the fact that we didn’t have to get up and go to work.

It was weird being detached from work but we both enjoyed it. When we returned from our trip, the summer turned into a hectic activity as we prepared our home for sale and began selling most of our possessions.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Retiring early meant being creative with our expenses. After countless meetings with our financial planner, we drew up a plan and started to implement it. Our strategy was to essentially liquidate our current life and move into our 21-foot teardrop trailer for two to five years.

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