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your bucket list for life after FIRE?
« on: December 05, 2015, 07:35:14 AM »
I plan on retiring in a few years.  I currently have a good stache going but, we need to train ourselves to reduce our living expenses before I retire.
A few years will give us time to do that plus, stash away a few more coins.
My retirement thoughts/plans:

    * get a part-time, modest income, low-pressure job ... keep some $$ trickling in and I like to be busy
    * travel ... Ireland, Iceland, the USA
    * part of the travel  is to get an RV trailer and tour the US.  My wife is all on-board with that.
    * take some college courses  ... study different religions of the world
    * study a musical instrument  ...  either brush up on my piano or learn a new instrument from scratch
    * finish hiking all the 4000-ft peaks in NH  (halfway there right now)
    * finish building my 10" telescope
    * finish building my cedar strip kayak
    * build a wood strip canoe
    * do more sea-kayaking, learn and perfect my eskimo roll
    * learn a new skill .... welding?
    * pester the children and spoil the grand-children
    * take up metal-detecting .... consequently discover pirates gold, become famous and rich!
    * capture my first leprechaun
    * read the Bible, cover-to-cover



How about you???
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Re: your bucket list for life after FIRE?
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2015, 12:45:56 PM »
I am going to travel to every (possible) countries in the world. I think I already have a low stress, part-time, moderate income job and consider myself semi-retired.

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2015, 04:05:03 PM »
We are  semi-retired due to choice & travel our top priority which we are really enjoying. Also we are going out more & having more experiences.

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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2015, 05:06:58 PM »
Travel is not on my list. I have been to every one of the lower 48 on business and many times to Europe accompanying DH on business trips. There are amazing places in the world, but right here is beautiful, too. What is primarily on my bucket list is spending more time with friends and family, getting in shape, and reading more books.


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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2015, 05:19:31 PM »
Here's my list so far. It's always growing, between work and weight lifting now my time is so limited. I'm only 27 but I've been working 50-70 hrs a week for years, maybe 1-2 weeks off a year. I also travel for work and often love areas my hobbies aren't feasible.

Travel all over
Restore early 60's Chevy II (nova)
Lifting weights (already do 3-4x a week)
Read more books
Snowboarding/ski/snowmobiling (do rarely now but used to a lot, don't live near slopes now)
Mountain biking (do some when I can, not nearly as much as I'd like)
Road biking
Fishing
Hunting
Camping
Hiking
Guitar (used to play a ton, sold equipment, limited time for hobbies now. Played the entire stairway to heaven guitar part for a talent show one year)
Pottery (took 5 semesters in school and a college course, pretty experienced)
Welding (went to welding tech school, did it as a career for several years, very skilled. Hope to also use it as part time work to fund other hobbies)
Learn to kiteboard (I can wake board, want to learn to kiteboard)
Scuba diving/Snorkeling
Motorcycle tour around country
Yoga 

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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2015, 05:26:27 AM »

Guitar (used to play a ton, sold equipment, limited time for hobbies now. Played the entire stairway to heaven guitar part for a talent show one year)

One year is a really long talent show, but probably needed for you to fit in that whole song.   ;)
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2015, 06:51:00 AM »

Guitar (used to play a ton, sold equipment, limited time for hobbies now. Played the entire stairway to heaven guitar part for a talent show one year)

One year is a really long talent show, but probably needed for you to fit in that whole song.   ;)

Lol! I get nervous in front of crowds of people I don't know, so it probably felt like a year.

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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2015, 03:19:32 PM »
I'll probably sleep a lot at first, since that's one thing I don't do much of now.  :-)

After that, more volunteer stuff.  There's a lot of groups that I've done volunteer work for and really enjoyed it, but I have no time to do it now.

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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2015, 08:47:06 PM »
Thru hike the PCT again
Kayak the Inside Passage
Hike the Camino as part of a slow tour of Europe.
3-6 months in Aus and NZ hiking and biking.
A lot more volunteer work - this year was only 300 or so hours.  I would like to double that, at least.

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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2015, 01:09:25 AM »
My FIRE bucket list is more of a travel bucket list... I want to slow travel the world and spend time places I've been (mostly Europe) along with paves I haven't (South and Central America, Australia, and Asia). At the top of that list right now are Vietnam, Uruguay, and Chile.

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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2015, 08:34:31 AM »
I keep a list on my phone, and pop it up whenever my enthusiasm for my current routine is flagging:

1 - Design/grow a small kitchen garden right outside my back door
2 - Train/run another marathon; join a running club to do so
3 - Take community college classes in subjects I enjoy:  culinary arts, gardening, history... (with little emphasis on grades and tests)
4 - Volunteer, probably at a community garden, public library, or both
5 - Slow/frugal travel -- throughout the US, train trip across the Canadian Rockies, Iceland, Europe... Don't know how many places we'll get but I'll enjoy travel hacking and off-season travel
6 - Do even more of my own DIY cooking/homestuff -- I've made strides but would like to grow and preserve more of my own food
7 - Read more books
8 - Work on my family genealogy
9 - Volunteer at a theatre/civic center (Free tickets!)
10 - Become more involved in my church/faith community -- particularly in social justice issues.

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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2015, 09:12:02 AM »
FIRE Phase 1:
Spend more time with family
Spend more time with and training dog
Spend more time with partners
Spend more time with friends
Slow travel North America via camper trailer (or van)
Continue learning and practicing Spanish until fluent
Build a simple slow focused lifestyle
Get housesitting experience and references
Become far more involved with my disaster response volunteer organization

FIRE Phase 2, 3, and beyond:
Drive panamerican, Alaska to Argentina
Slow travel Latin America
Slow travel Africa
Slow travel Asia
Circumnavigate Australia (by land, not sea)
Become competent sailing crew in exchange for transportation and accommodation via sea
Volunteer, teach English, disaster response

FIRE Phase ??:
Find/build/develop a small home with a large garden, yard, and shop in a quiet, friendly area yet to be determined.
Foster dogs again
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2015, 09:40:58 AM »
Not really a long list . . .

- I'd like to buy a plot of land and build myself a very modest house.  Something snuggled into the side of a hill, possibly made of shipping containers, and environmentally friendly.
- I've got about an album's worth of guitar ideas and songs half recorded and written down.  I'd like to record them properly and finish writing bass/drum/harmonica/mandolin/keyboard parts for them.
- I'd like to do a few bike tours through the US and Canada with my wife.  If that works out, it would be cool to do something similar in Europe, South America, and Asia.

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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2015, 10:32:16 AM »
Thru hike the PCT again
Kayak the Inside Passage
Hike the Camino as part of a slow tour of Europe.
3-6 months in Aus and NZ hiking and biking.
A lot more volunteer work - this year was only 300 or so hours.  I would like to double that, at least.

Sounds a lot like mine, but I just want to hike and bike in NZ and I haven't done the PCT yet.  :)

Also want to hike the Wonderland trail and a bunch of other bucket list hikes.
See Nepal, Everest base camp.

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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2015, 04:02:16 PM »
Not really a long list . . .

- I'd like to buy a plot of land and build myself a very modest house.  Something snuggled into the side of a hill, possibly made of shipping containers, and environmentally friendly.
- I've got about an album's worth of guitar ideas and songs half recorded and written down.  I'd like to record them properly and finish writing bass/drum/harmonica/mandolin/keyboard parts for them.
- I'd like to do a few bike tours through the US and Canada with my wife.  If that works out, it would be cool to do something similar in Europe, South America, and Asia.

Until I read this, I was pretty sure you and I were different people.

Except I'll probably avoid the mandolin parts, and the bike touring with your wife.


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« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2015, 04:45:07 PM »
Most things on my bucket list are pretty similar to a lot of people:

* May 2016: quit my job. I have been rehearsing my famous last words ("Fuck you fuckers") but I might decide to leave bridges intact just in case consulting opportunities arise.
* Summer 2016: Move to our acreage in BC, start building our little 400-500 square-foot cabin, and a tiny house for friends/family (or maybe house them in the RV if I am too lazy to do anything). Cabin plans to come soon.
* Fall 2016-Spring 2017: Road trip starting in BC, then south through the USA, Mexico, Central America and back north to the Maritimes, then cross-Canada to BC. On the program, wwoofing, house-sitting, camping, staying with friends and family.
* Spring 2017-Fall 2017: we're staying put on our acreage. On the program, gardening (learning), sailing, kayaking, hiking, biking. Maybe some part-time work (or consulting if I didn't burn any bridge)
* Fall 2017-Spring 2018: slow frugal travel to SE Asia for 3 months, and teach ESL in Taiwan for 3 months. Or teach SCUBA in Thailand. Or do nothing.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat. You get the idea. Six months at home, six months abroad. Countries on our lists are Japan (mainly Okinawa, where my wife is from), Thailand, Taiwan, China. Everywhere in Europe. As long as our health and our finances allow it.

There are a few other things on my bucket list but unlike the above, they don't involve my DH, so they have not been cleared yet, plus there are only a limited number of years left to do everything, and spending as much time as possible with my wife is my number one priority so I might never have the chance to do these:
* A one-year solo trip through the US and Canada without money.
* A trans-Pacific sailing with my daughter.
* The Trans-Siberian from Vladivostok to Moscow with my childhood friend.
* And, finally, several months alone exploring the country where I was born. I left when I was a child at the end of a long and bloody civil war, so I need to do this one alone to close the loop.

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« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2015, 05:14:33 PM »
Not really a long list . . .

- I'd like to buy a plot of land and build myself a very modest house.  Something snuggled into the side of a hill, possibly made of shipping containers, and environmentally friendly.
- I've got about an album's worth of guitar ideas and songs half recorded and written down.  I'd like to record them properly and finish writing bass/drum/harmonica/mandolin/keyboard parts for them.
- I'd like to do a few bike tours through the US and Canada with my wife.  If that works out, it would be cool to do something similar in Europe, South America, and Asia.

Until I read this, I was pretty sure you and I were different people.

Except I'll probably avoid the mandolin parts, and the bike touring with your wife.

Don't rule anything out.  My wife is pretty awesome, and cycling is fun . . .

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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2015, 06:52:08 AM »
My entire FIRE bucket list is a travel list - be it through slow-travel or volunteering (hopefully a bit of both). Traveling includes visiting those I love, most of whom live in random places.

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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2015, 06:57:39 AM »
*Slow travel to various places
*Bike across the US or East Coast (rinse, wash, repeat in Europe)
*Plan and plant a permaculture food forest
*Foster animals without adopting them
*Historical re-enactment, complete with a historical costume I made from scratch
*Community college courses - sewing, gardening, history, urban planning, etc. etc. etc. I love school
*Develop a yoga/workout routine and make it a morning habit
*Reoccuring volunteer opportunities: I've got a list of five local places that really need people on the weekday AM shifts, hence post-FIRE

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« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2015, 06:02:31 AM »
Don't rule anything out.  My wife is pretty awesome, and cycling is fun . . .

I don't doubt it. I just didn't want to seem presumptuous.

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« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2015, 08:44:59 AM »
Slow travel the U.S...not sure how yet. Hit up a lot of national parks.
Wouldn't mind going to Europe and S.E. Asia, but I don't have a burning desire for heavy international travel for some reason
Spend more time woodworking
Spend more time gardening
Spend more time hiking/camping
Maybe do extended hikes on the PCT and/or Appalachian Trail

Eventually, I'd LOVEEEEE to buy 5+ acres near a forest or lake (preferably in the middle of freaking nowhere), build a 500-900sq ft house and a garage twice that size, and just take it easy. Spend my days in my garage, reading, outdoors, visiting friends and family, and maybe some volunteering.

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« Reply #21 on: December 10, 2015, 09:07:48 AM »
Our children will be in elementary school when we plan to retire so the first phase of them being in school will look like this:

Travel the US during summer vacations and school in a converted sprinter van with tents for extra sleeping room. 
While kids are in school, DH and I will be very involved in the kids' schooling but will have lots of time for biking, hiking and such in the warmer months and season pass skiing and snow shoeing during the winter on school days. 

Once the kids graduate:
Have a property management company take over management of our primary residence and two rental properties and travel full time in the sprinter van for 1-2 years, maybe more, whatever we feel like.
Once we feel like we've exhausted the Western Hemisphere, look into traveling in Europe/Asia/Australia.  Hopefully by then, compounding will have worked well in our favor.

This will all depend on the health of our parents of course.  We could very well have to put off some of it to be able to take care of one or more parents.  His mother is 80.



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« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2015, 09:07:23 PM »
I think it might be fun to train for a new-to-me sport. Perhaps the luge!?  It looks so fun on TV. I'm not sure the feasibility of starting that later in life though.


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« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2015, 06:46:34 AM »
I think it might be fun to train for a new-to-me sport. Perhaps the luge!?  It looks so fun on TV. I'm not sure the feasibility of starting that later in life though.

Luge dovetails nicely into early retirement.  Often land is quite cheap in the deep north, and once you're up there all that you need is some spandex, a garden hose, and some woodworking ability to build ramps.

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« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2015, 08:52:43 AM »
I don't have a list of things that I'm going to do later......I'm doing all that I want to now.

I have a great job that allows me to get in early and leave early.

I take part in all of the things that I want to ....now, not later.

Our kids are out of the house and on their own and have been.    That opened up a lot more time for us to ratchet up the things we were already doing.
DH and I always had our own interest and adventures even while we were raising two kids.
We just made them apart of it all.
We chose to live in a very rural spot that allows us the life we wanted from the time we were young.

Bucket list.....no, not so much for us.   
Just business as usual.
We have never put off doing things for later.....whether it was doing a trip,  volunteering(which was great to do with the kids, now the volunteering has changed),  pursuing different sports and activities.....whatever.     Neither one of us would ever have considered delaying life.   
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« Reply #25 on: December 11, 2015, 09:04:19 AM »
I don't have a list of things that I'm going to do later......I'm doing all that I want to now.

I have a great job that allows me to get in early and leave early.

I take part in all of the things that I want to ....now, not later.

Our kids are out of the house and on their own and have been.    That opened up a lot more time for us to ratchet up the things we were already doing.
DH and I always had our own interest and adventures even while we were raising two kids.
We just made them apart of it all.

Bucket list.....no, not so much for us.   
Just business as usual.
We have never put off doing things for later.....whether it was doing a trip,  volunteering(which was great to do with the kids, now the volunteering has changed),  pursuing different sports and activities.....whatever.     Neither one of us would ever have considered delaying life.   

I agree completely. The things I CAN do now I AM doing now (Learning Spanish, scent tracking training with my dog, decluttering, building relationships, disaster response, fostering dogs, traveling (even though I can't do it as slowly as I'd like to truly experience a place), etc).

But the thing I want to do most at the moment (spend quality time with my family an 8 hour drive away, for multiple months instead of just one or two weeks a year) I can't do while I'm stuck at my job M-F. If I could work remotely, or find a reliable job in my home town that paid even 60-70% of what I make now, I'd be there in a heartbeat. I keep brainstorming ideas to be able to do it before FIRE, but I keep coming up short.

PS. I don't add the second paragraph in protest of how 'But, but, but it's not easy for meeeee'. It's more of a genuine request for new ideas for how I may be able to solve this riddle. Should I sell my houses in a bad market, quit my job, and go live in my mom's basement while I make $15/hr at a crap job so I can be near my family, even if it delays FIRE by a few years? Or stick it out where I am for 86 more weeks and be able to live there without the need for a job? There's got to be a happy third option between the two extremes.
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