Panama Vacation – Part 1 – Nueva Gorgona and Anton Valley

Panama Vacation – Part 1 – Nueva Gorgona and Anton Valley

We finally made the trip I’ve been waiting for… our Panama vacation!  And guess what – it was awesome! Because there’s a lot to cover, I thought I’d break this up into a couple posts.  This first post will cover the first half of our trip and the second post will cover the second half – easy enough, right?  🙂 If you’ve been following my adventures, you know that I’ve been doing a lot of digging to determine if Panama is the perfect place for us to retire.  You might also know that I’ve become a lot more serious about the idea over the past year. Well, reading’s not enough, so taking the trip was the best way to determine

Financial Regrets That Slowed My Path to FIRE

Financial Regrets That Slowed My Path to FIRE

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links and we may receive a referral fee (at no extra cost to you) if you sign up or purchase products or services mentioned.Financial regrets, I’ve had a few… As I guy in my early forties, I sometimes take a moment here and there to reflect on how my path in life has gone.  I don’t dwell – I just try to look back at my mistakes and learn from them to make for a better future. And maybe the “regrets” part of “financial regrets” is a little excessive.  If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you know that we’ve recently surpassed the million-dollar net worth mark. We’re in good financial shape right now and now we’re just continuing down

My Fantasy Week When I’m Financially Free

My Fantasy Week When I’m Financially Free

Most of us who are working to become financially free, spend a lot of our days daydreaming what it would actually be like to be financially free. I think the initial dream for a lot of us is to just sit on the beach all day sipping piña coladas – mmm, that does sound good! But, once the dream starts to become more real, it’s pretty likely that the piña coladas are only going to be a small part of the plan. In all actuality, what we think will be a regular week in the life of financial independence, will likely be quite different.  For instance, a lot of bloggers talk about how they anticipated slowing down and relaxing once they quit their jobs, but it just

What I’ve Learned About Blogging Over the Last Two Years

What I’ve Learned About Blogging Over the Last Two Years

I started the Route to Retire site in May of 2015 and quickly learned that blogging is an interesting endeavor.  Like most new bloggers, for the first few months, I would just write and publish and wonder “is anyone even out there?” The analytics showed a nibble here and there, but really… nothing. It took a number of months, but eventually, the traffic started to grow.  The comments on my posts began to slowly trickle in – and that was the most exciting part. Now, a couple years into it, I have a good number of visitors coming to my site every day and I’m enjoying the discussions that I get to have with my readers (that’s you!). All in all, it’s been a great ride so far,

Cutting Expenses is Great, But Here’s the Problem…

Cutting Expenses is Great, But Here’s the Problem…

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links and we may receive a referral fee (at no extra cost to you) if you sign up or purchase products or services mentioned.In an effort to help in cutting expenses, I just changed our cell phone provider.  Here in the part of Ohio where I live, Verizon is the logical choice for a phone provider as they are the most prominent and basically lack any dead spots. I’ve been with them since the beginning – from GTE Wireless, to the transition to Alltel, to the transition to Verizon.  It just made sense.  However, although the pricing is Ok, it’s not great. Last week, I just moved us to Total Wireless.  We’re still using the Verizon backbone and their Bring

Will You Be Part of the 1% to Be Financially Independent by 50?

Will You Be Part of the 1% to Be Financially Independent by 50?

If you’re not familiar with Paula Pant from Afford Anything, you should take the time to check out her site… especially her podcasts, which are fantastic. I’m usually a little behind on my podcast rotation, but I just listened to another good one recently that fascinated me.  Clark Howard was her guest in #47: How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy. I’ve always enjoyed Clark Howard – I’m not sure if it’s how down-to-earth he is for a guy who reached financial independence at 31 or just how happy the guy always seems to be. Either way, my wife and I used to really enjoy watching his show that was on HLN a number of years ago. What really stood out to me