Last Updated on November 19, 2022 by Ellen
Hello! We are Ellen and Theo (Ellie & Tedly) – and we are experts at budget slow travel in retirement. We are “Earth Vagabonds.”
Vagabond: (n) A person who wanders from place to place without a home or job. (adj) Having no settled home.
Instead of retiring and relocating to one specific place, as many retirees do, we wander. Full-time. We’ve done this since 2015!
Actually, we retired early to travel the world while we still were young enough — and healthy enough — to easily do it.
But everything – every single thing – on this site can apply to people of traditional retirement age. After all – we all have a budget to stick to!
More about Earth Vagabonds
Ellen quit her career at 43 years old. Theo retired at 52.
Early retirement was an intentional decision. It took years of planning, saving and investing, and wise spending. It also took a shove from the universe.
As we got closer to the time for a decision about early retirement, Ellen’s company laid her off. So, after some months of debate, we looked at that life-changing event as a shove from the Universe to live our dream of slow travel in retirement.
Life is Now is our motto.
We have a good pep talk for anyone debating a budget slow travel lifestyle through FIRE (financial independence retire early).
Our early retirement dream
We always loved international travel. While working, we looked forward to global wandering.
This dream motivated us to set goals and make lifestyle decisions that allowed for more savings. Frugal choices led to financial freedom before traditional retirement age.
We lived below our means, put money into retirement accounts, made other investments, didn’t have children, and we didn’t buy junk we didn’t need.
Is this long-term slow travel in retirement for you? Maybe you could test it out, like we did when we were still working. We took vacations and ‘lived like locals’ instead of wasting thousands of dollars in all-inclusive resorts.
If you are looking for more specific information on how to retire early and travel the world, we have another page you should visit.
We usually stay in one place for a month (or two or three) at a time.
But in the first two COVID years, we were in a rural area of the Philippines a short ferry ride away from the famous Boracay Island – the crown jewel of that country’s beach tourism.
We used our unspent travel budget to help local Filipinos survive without tourism.
We also helped the indigenous Ati tribe with sustainable community projects in partnership with kind overseas donors.
This self-appointed volunteer experience changed our perspective on the world – and on travel.
Then, in 2022, it was time for us to move on. The Earth Vagabond ethos.
We’ve covered a lot ground since 2015.
- 4 continents
- 21 countries
- 100+ cities and villages
- More than 100 apartment rentals & hotel rooms
- Countless beautiful friends
- Endless unbelievable experiences
Medical challenges during slow travel in retirement
This site also shares personal experiences with medical challenges during our travels. Chikungunya (a mosquito virus), broken bones, and breast cancer — to name a few.
Yep. In our third year of budget slow travel in early retirement, Ellen was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer following a routine mammogram in Croatia.
She had a double mastectomy in Zagreb — without reconstruction — in 2018.
Ellen now travels the world as a fabulous “flattie” – with no evidence of disease since the surgery.
We kept traveling after her surgery abroad because travel makes us happy, and this is the lifestyle we always wanted.
To anyone on the fence about traveling the world now or later, we say do it now.
Health care is one of the reasons people delay slow travel in retirement, and we totally understand that.
However, we also have much experience with mundane health issues, like eyeglasses and dental visits and preventative care in several countries around the world. Most of our medical care experiences have been excellent – and affordable.
Budget slow travel in retirement is affordable
We enjoy showing people that nonstop travel can be a real possibility. And, it can be ‘endless, if you spend less’.
We share our monthly and yearly budget breakdowns from our slow travel in early retirement. Budgets are relative, but ours is $2,000 a month (outside Europe).
We also share money-saving techniques in places all over the globe – whether you are retired, or early retired.
We invite you to look around, and explore the site.
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Maybe one day we will see you out here somewhere on this fantastic planet Earth.
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