Recapping Our First Week in England

England Houses 2

We’ve made it through our first week in England… and what a week it’s been!  Between traveling, finding a place to live, and figuring out how to get around mixed in with a few work responsibilities, we’ve been nonstop.

It took about 20 hours from the time we left the house in San Antonio until we arrived at temporary lodging on our new base.  The bulk of this time was a nine hour flight from Dallas to London.  The in-flight entertainment options were lacking, so thank goodness for the free drinks.  A couple glasses of wine and Mrs. DTG was out!

At the end of the day, we were all completely exhausted.  Fortunately, the kids did awesome which made our lives a lot easier and less stressful.

Every day we’re getting more and more comfortable Continue reading

The Intersection of Wealth and Health

Intersection of London and Paris

By the time you’re reading this, we should have already arrived in London.  When we first found out we’d be moving, there was one person who could not contain their excitement.  Based on her reactions here and here, I think she may have even been more excited than we were!  It’s only fitting then that on the day we arrive in the UK, she’d be the first personal finance blogger to make a guest appearance on this blog.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, today’s post is brought to you by Maggie Banks at Northern Expenditure.  We’re so glad Maggie was gracious enough to write a post for us and we hope you enjoy! 

Mr. and Mrs. DTG are great about focusing on healthy living as part of their overall financial journey. This message on their amazing blog has always resonated with me (I’m an early fan). Health is important. Continue reading

I’m Done Working, Now What

Chile Countryside

I usually don’t make it a habit to post on Friday evening, but I had some free time (which has been rare lately) and wanted to give you all a quick update.

My last day at work came and went last Friday without much fanfare or celebration.  After saying my goodbyes, I had to wait a couple hours for my manager, who was tied up in meetings, to take my badge and escort me to the front door.  This gave me time to hit up the gym one last time so I didn’t mind.

I enjoyed a nice happy hour with a small group of coworkers the evening prior.  According to Mrs. DTG, I may have enjoyed it a little too much Continue reading

Guest Post: My Brother’s Journey to Financial Independence

Boston Skyline 1

We’ve been in Chile for about a week now and it has exceeded all of my expectations!  I can’t even describe the welcome and hospitality shown by Mrs. DTG’s family.  We’ll share plenty of pictures and stories in the weeks to come. 

As promised, here is the first-ever guest post on this blog courtesy of my younger brother who has made amazing strides financially over the last year or so.  Interestingly, this is not his first appearance on the blog.  He’s the guy sitting on my shoulders trying to reach a coconut during our visit to Florida last December. 

We live in Boston, and I mean downtown Boston like I walk a couple blocks to get to Boston Common.  Our apartment complex is an obnoxious high rise complete with modern art throughout, thumping techno music in the lobby, and even a 24hr concierge.  Plus, downtown living comes complete with groceries ordered online/delivered, endless choices of restaurants, and always something to do or a show to go see.

This is where/how we’ve decided to live while pursuing FIRE.  And we’re doing it on two salaries that are below average for the city.  WHAT!?!?!  Continue reading

So Long, Household Goods… See You Across the Pond

Moving Truck

As of last Friday night at 9:30 pm, our house has been empty.  Well, almost empty.  We still have some clothes to wear in the meantime and a few pieces of furniture and other random items we need to sell.

It’s kind of strange walking throughout the house and seeing bare walls and clear floors.  Our kids have spent the last 10 days with their grandparents so it has been eerily quiet, too.  This is the longest we’ve been apart and we can’t wait to see them on Thursday.

We saved an air mattress and have been camping out Continue reading