I put in my two weeks notice at 29 and retired on my 30th birthday.
I've never used a retirement calculator without getting some sort of coding error. Retirement blogs set 65 as the target age, or a goal of >$1 million usd net worth. Retirement is not some sort of elusive dream or complicated math formula. It only requires that you prioritize retirement over material goods/services. I'll detail my finances below, but it's much like weight loss advice, if you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight.
save 1/2 of salary for 10 years.
have 5 salaries saved. (~6 counting interest)
buy an apartment worth ~5 salaries.
rent it out for .35 salary per year. (.25 salary after taxes/HOAs)
so now you just have to live under 1/2 salary while working, and under 1/4 salary in retirement.
while working (big expenses):
housing (live with family or rent a garage)
food (don't eat out, eat less meat)
transportation (scooter, bicycle, or bus)
entertainment (drink before the bar, no smart phone)
clothes (goodwill, target)
go to a country where 1/4 usd salary = the average salary.
from usa? go to brazil, costa rica.
from greece? go to el salvador or jordan.
from peru? go to nicarauga or cambodia.
from india? the philippines? go to nepal.
left: two garages i lived in
left: bike everywhere, shop at goodwill
***warning the following is political***
and once we're all living in nepal or somalia, global disparities will be understood.
if you fight for a place in influential society, you only make it more influential.
explore the world, live where it feels best, and fight for a place that you connect with.
by saving money you are using less resources and shrinking the human impact on the world,
and at the same time buying yourself more freedom in the future.
El Zonte... (right point break, dec '12, chest to head, fast breaking, minimal wind, empty til 9am, 8 people after)
~$8usd/night bunk room, no wifi, Esencia Nativa
El Tunco (Sunzal)... (right point break dec '12, head high, slow breaking, minimal wind, empty til 6am, 30 people after)
ok bar scene fri/sat
~$7usd/night dorm room, wifi, Casa Makoi
Puraran... (right reef break, oct '13, head high, fast breaking, 5-15 people)
~$8usd/night private room, no wifi, Puraran Surf
Calicoan... (reef break, oct'13, double overhead, fast breaking, windy, miles of empty)
Talk to Calicoan Surfers, no wifi
La Union (San Juan)... (beach break, sept '13, <waist high, closed out, slow breaking, empty til 7am, 20 people after)
fri/sat karaoke on the beach & disco 15 mins away by trike
~$13usd/night private room, no wifi, Hacienda Peter's
Sairgao... (reef break, oct'13, overhead, fast breaking, windy, 'crowd nine')
bars every night, two discos fri/sat
~$15usd, wifi, A/C private room, Michael
Travel souvenirs are for sale in most popular tourist destinations, and sometimes it's nice to have a memento to remember your trip that can be easily carried. The most visible of these is the flag patch you see sewn on the outside of a backpackers pack, but as you can see above you can very quickly begin to look like a Nascar driver. I've seen friends collect magnets, pins, mini-statues, or a different type of souvenir from each destination. The coolest collection I've seen was in the movie 'Saving Private Ryan,' a soldier kept the dirt of each location he took in battle. Personally I started collecting shot glasses and now I'm locked into to carrying these fragile things all over, still possibly better than sewing 48 patches on my pack, do you collect anything physical on your journeys or just friendships/memories/skills/photos?