What is a Vagabondian?

I think that is a fair question. To be honest, just saying it out loud — “What is a Vagabondian?” makes me laugh. It is a silly word, is it not? But do we even know what a Vagabond is? To some it is a poor tramp, a hobo. To others it is someone who wanders and travels. And to be honest, I had something closer to this last meaning in mind when I coined the word.

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The Journey of a Thousand Li Commenced With a Single Step

[The title of this post is the correct quote from Lao-Tse’s “Tao te Ching” – and in case you are wondering, a ‘li’ is a unit of Chinese measurement that is roughly equivalent to 1⁄3 of a mile.] This site is still ‘under wraps’ – look for content to begin appearing on a regular basis during the summer of 2010. This site will be following Glenn and Dixie as they begin their journey toward the goal of early retirement and travel.

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Stuff

When Dixie and I got married (almost 20 years ago!) we lived where almost all newlyweds live – an apartment! It was a really nice area near the D/FW airport. Lots of trees, a park, a swimming pool. We walked and rode our bikes a lot. We shared the facilities with a lot of stewardesses too. And even through we were on the third floor, we truly enjoyed the location. We had one bedroom and one living area, and it was just about right.

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Dreaming of Belize

Many moons ago (in the late 90’s) I was a regular participant on the message boards for Motley Fool. A few regulars there spoke of overseas retirements in either Costa Rica or Belize. I found this intriguing and began researching the possibilities. At one point we were actually researching real estate and job opportunities in this central American country. We found a bed and breakfast/bar which was for sale for around $150,000.

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Notes From the Fringe

Conversations with others remind us just how far out ideas of financial independence can seem to many. Most are content with the typical structure, where the ability to pay for food and shelter is closely tied to the most recent paycheck. Conversations like this happen frequently with many people, and I come away from them feeling like I’m on a different planet. My ideas seem to have pushed me to the very fringe of society.

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