We Retired Early And Moved Into A Trailer — What We Learned After Our First Year

Because I am retired, I rarely know the date. Hell, even getting the day of the week right is often a challenge for me.

So, when my wife asked if I knew what day it was one morning, my mind began to race.

I sorted through my mental Rolodex of important dates. Our wedding anniversary? No. The anniversary of our first kiss? No. Someone’s birthday? No. And then I realized it as she said the date out loud, it was the first anniversary of our retirement! I can’t believe it’s been a year.

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We retired on Friday, June 4th, 2021, and left the following Monday for a weeklong camping trip on the Oregon coast in our new teardrop trailer.

Leaving on a Monday was intentional and added a tangible exclamation point to the fact that we didn’t have to get up and go to work.

It was weird to be untethered from work, but we both enjoyed it. Once we returned from our trip the summer became a flurry of activity as we prepared our home to go on the market and began selling most of our possessions.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Retiring early meant getting creative with our expenses. After countless meetings with our financial planner, we created a plan and started putting pieces into place. Our strategy called for us to essentially liquidate our current life and move into our 21-foot teardrop trailer for two to five years.


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