I’m so glad you came. I’m Emma (the one on the right, graciously holding my $100 wedding dress so I don’t flash the wedding photographer).
I paid off a chunk of debt, downsized my house and am aggressively planning for a future of jumping joyously on beaches around the world. I’d love to help you do the same.
I’ve been dreaming of financial freedom since I purchased my first investment property at the age of 24. I then turned my attention to clearing my consumer debt and managed to eliminate over $30,000 of debt.
Now 32, a mother and wife, I’m finally getting serious about my financial future – specifically building income streams that can sustain a travelling lifestyle. It might sound like an entitled, middle-class dream but the reality is I have no choice in the matter. You see I married an Irishman and Ireland is a long way from New Zealand. The longest way, in fact. Go any further and you are on your way back. With aging parents on opposite sides of the globe and an adventure-hungry toddler to satisfy, we simply have to travel.
There’s just one problem
We’re not wealthy. Not even close. We own a few rental properties and have less than 20k in savings. To sustain our travel addiction to this point has meant a constant cycle of save up money – quit work – travel – repeat. It’s exhausting, career-damaging (I now have seven bouts of long-term travel to account for in job interviews) and unsustainable.
The big lofty goal
To chase the summer around the world. Spending the best months of the year with our families in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere and filling the rest of the time with travel to all the places in between. To do this we need to create an income of $42,000 per year that doesn’t rely on us being in one place.
Extreme frugality, some bloody hard work and a little magic. I’ll be blogging about it all. I’d love for you to join me.
Want to know more?
I travelled from New Zealand to the US, Mexico and then to Europe for 15 months with my husband and son – it completely changed my attitude to life.
Plus a more practical breakdown of how much it cost for my family to live in Spain.
Other popular posts
The many mistakes I’ve made in real estate investment (I’ve bought 7 properties over the past 9 years so I’ve learnt some stuff).
How I plan to semi-retire – a decision I made after deciding that the road to early retirement was slightly too restrictive for me.
You can email me on moneycanbuymehappiness at gmail dot com.
Thanks for reading.