Category Archives: Mini Retirement series

Our plan: The 21 day California to Michigan road trip

In case you didn’t know this SoCal family is relocating to Michigan. To kick off our mini retirement The Roamers are heading off on a 21 day cross country road trip.

The count down says I only have 9 days and 11 hrs until this adventure starts.

I get asked why move to  Michigan?

Michigan. Family? Check! Snowy Fun? Check! Happiness? Check!

In Short: Family and property.

Mr. Roamer & Jr’s dad are  both from Michigan and most of their families are there too.

Moving to Michigan means we can re-plug ourselves into the family.

As for property, California is a very prohibitive market. While we could take on a massive loan to buy a home here. We are choosing not to. In Michigan we will be able to afford property and not put ourselves in negative net-worth territory.

While we aren’t the first people to move cross country. I’d like to think what we are choosing to do in the middle is a bit more unique. Instead of just jumping in to normal life all over again we decided to squeeze in a mini retirement. A 21 day road trip followed by a month in El Salvador and a month in Ecuador.

The first leg of our mini-retirement will be our 3 week cross country road trip. While we could do the trip in 5 days. We are extending the trip to include some fun stops. Continue reading Our plan: The 21 day California to Michigan road trip

Mini Retirement Update: July countdown

Hey there, if you’re new I am going to be publishing a monthly series where I document our journey to this years One Goal.  The goal: to take a Mini Retirement. Take 4 months off of work to travel internationally to Ecuador and El Salvador and permanently move to a new state, MichiganThe launch date of this adventure is October 1, 2017. This is our first time going through the process of planning a mini retirement. By the end of this series I hope to have a tried and true checklist to go by for all our future mini retirements. Wish  us luck and follow along on the journey.

As of today the count down clock say 6 weeks and 1 days. Holy shiiza! We are in single digits on the weeks. Oh man! I think I am going to transition it to days. Let the final count down begin.

So I figured something out lately. It makes perfect sense. Well, at least I think so.

When people find out about my trip they tend to ask me about my plans for Ecuador or El Salvador. Then when they see me again they ask me how the planning is going. I usually tell them Continue reading Mini Retirement Update: July countdown

Mini Retirement Update: June and growing worries.

Hey there, if you’re new I am going to be publishing a monthly series where I document our journey to this years One Goal.  The goal: to take a Mini Retirement. Take 4 months off of work to travel internationally to Ecuador and El Salvador and permanently move to a new state, MichiganThe launch date of this adventure is October 1, 2017. This is our first time going through the process of planning a mini retirement. By the end of this series I hope to have a tried and true checklist to go by for all our future mini retirements. Wish  us luck and follow along on the journey.

As of today the count down clock say 11 weeks and 3 days. Only 3 months left!!!

June to do list:

Rolled over tasks.

  • Research and apply  TSA precheck  Global Entry (not complete)

I’m going to be honest I think the cost on this is making us procrastinate. Have not made any headway. Also I have never experienced U.S. re-entry, I think this is a nice to have but I don’t have a negative previous experience motivating me. This is not a must, to having our trip. But I think we will be happier if we get it. Continue reading Mini Retirement Update: June and growing worries.

Mini retirement update: Slowly moving forward

Hey there, if you’re new I am going to be publishing a monthly series where I document our journey to this years One Goal.  The goal: to take a Mini Retirement. Take 4 months off of work to travel internationally to Ecuador and El Salvador and permanently move to a new state, MichiganThe launch date of this adventure is October 1, 2017. This is our first time going through the process of planning a mini retirement. By the end of this series I hope to have a tried and true checklist to go by for all our future mini retirements. Wish  us luck and follow along on the journey.

As of today the count down clock say 14 weeks and 4 days.

May to do list:

There are some rolled over tasks and items I need to keep an eye on to wrap them up.

  • Book airline tickets with points ( Complete)

I cut it close. Tickets are booked. The process was a hot mess but it’s done. (Post up coming for the wonders of travel hacking) Continue reading Mini retirement update: Slowly moving forward

Mini Retirement Monthly Update: Too much in my house

Hey there, if you’re new I am going to be publishing a monthly series where I document our journey to this years One Goal.  The goal: to take a Mini Retirement. Take 4 months off of work to travel internationally to Ecuador and El Salvador and permanently move to a new state, MichiganThe launch date of this adventure is October 1, 2017. This is our first time going through the process of planning a mini retirement. By the end of this series I hope to have a tried and true checklist to go by for all our future mini retirements. Wish  us luck and follow along on the journey.

As of today the count down clock say 19 weeks and 5 days.

Can you feel the pressure?

April to do list:

Rolled over tasks

  • Get life insurance for Mr. Roamer and I (Complete)

Continue reading Mini Retirement Monthly Update: Too much in my house

Mini Retirement Monthly Update: Passports? Yes, please!

Hey there, if you’re new I am going to be publishing a monthly series where I document our journey to this years One Goal.  The goal: to take a Mini Retirement where we take 4 months off of work to travel internationally and permanently move to a new stateThe launch date of this adventure is October 1, 2017. This is our first time going through the process of planning a mini retirement. By the end of this series I hope to have a tried and true checklist to go by for all our future mini retirements. Wish  us luck and follow along on the journey.

This year all I really need to focus on is getting from here to that mini retirement. A major component of the mini retirement is going to be travel. I want to take an international trip for 2 months. Visiting Ecuador and El Salvador. Before that we are going to take a 3 week road trip across the U.S starting in California. At the end, we are planning to take a month to settle in to our new home state of Michigan. All in all, I need to prepare our family for 4 months of unusual living.

Of course to get this one goal accomplished there are a lot of other tasks I need to tick off. But, that is my focus. The question this year is: Is this helping me plan my trip? (Is this getting us ready for our Mini retirement?)

Time is ticking fast and some of you may have noticed the count down clock I added.

As of today it says 24 weeks and 4 days.  That is just 6 months out! and I am starting to feel the pressure. The point of this series is to help me manage my tasks so that I don’t get to September with 100 things to get done. Continue reading Mini Retirement Monthly Update: Passports? Yes, please!

My one goal this year

Yearly goals are a thing for me. They have been since I got pregnant with my son in college. I really do attribute my success in finishing school, after having a kid, to the focus that goal setting gives me.

Back then I used to do it every semester, but now I set yearly goals. I have a tendency to over do it, but this year I am not. This year I have ONE goal.

Usually I separate goals into categories: family, money, work, travel. Then I choose 3 or 4 or more for each category. ( If you don’t believe me, check out my goals for 2015) This year just ONE.

The goal: Continue reading My one goal this year