Noodles & Fish

Noodles & Fish

Goofing off since 2015

How to Retire Even Earlier by Traveling the World

Note: you should probably read the last post before this one – it will make more sense. One possibility of what an early retirement could look like is what I am doing right now: traveling the world. Since “traveling the world” is an activity often cited by many as something they would really like to do, it seems like a nice example. How much did I need to save up to support this life of traveling? The expenses I use actual numbers from my trip to New Zealand for this example. New Zealand is a pretty expensive place, there are plenty of much cheaper places to …

How to Retire Early on a Low Income

It is easy to retire early if you happen to make a high salary. But how do you do it if you don’t earn a lot? Let’s look at how to retire early on a low income. I’m assuming you already understand the mechanics of how passive income works. You need to set up something that pays you an income. You could buy property and live off of the rent. You could buy stocks. You could lend money and live off the interest. You could even theoretically own a business or a website, although those probably are not very passive. Any way (or …

Cost Per Day in Singapore

Here is a breakdown of the costs in Singapore for five nights. We were mostly there for the food, which shows in our expenses. As usual, all numbers are in US dollars. Food and beverage Food is sometimes very cheap in Singapore. They have many hawker centers, which are collections of different food stalls all under one roof. A good bowl of noodles is as little as $3, a simple but delicious rice meal starts at $5. Other times food is deliciously expensive, for a nice lunch or dinner the sky’s the limit. Well, skyscrapers are the limit. The fancy restaurants tend to be in …

Early Retirement is a Bad Idea

It’s about time that I start talking about early retirement here. Now that I’ve been at it for a while I’ve noticed a few things. There is a lot of information on the web about the mechanics of retiring early – how to save, how to lower your spending, how to invest. But there is not much about what life is actually like once you stop working. Screwing around the world is great fun, and I’m lucky to have the opportunity to do it. But all too often people only tell one side of the story. I strive for honesty here, it’s not worth …

Long Layover in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore?

When I was looking at flights from Christchurch to Kathmandu I noticed that all the flights have connections in either Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. Instead of flying all the way, we could get off the plane halfway and stay for a few nights. That sounds like a pretty good excuse to eat some noodles. We’ve been to both of these cities before, so we have a pretty good idea of what they have to offer. So which city did we choose to visit for a few days? Long layover in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore? We decided to stay for five nights, which would give us enough …

The Cost to Travel in New Zealand

How Much Does It Cost? If you are considering coming to New Zealand you are probably wondering how much a trip here will cost. Now that we are about to leave we have an answer to that question. The following is the cost for two people for a nine month trip. Oh, and since this is the internet and everyone is impatient, I’ll tell you now that the answer is 42, just like in The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. I’ve broken down our costs into four sections: Transportation – any cost involved in getting from one place to another. Sleeping – laying down is expensive. …

Lambs

We’ve completed a four-month circumnavigation of the South Island and are now back at Rick and Sue’s. This is our home away from home – we’ve somehow spent a third of our time in New Zealand on this farm. We can never seem to stay away for very long. It’s the type of place where we plan to show up for a week and without noticing it a month has passed. Time always seems to get away from us here. It’s a small farm by New Zealand standards, about 25 acres. Here this is called a lifestyle block – a …

Glacial Travel

I just bought tickets to our next destination, and although our departure is still five weeks away, the prospect of leaving so soon is stressing me out. I suddenly feel like I have to rush around to see and do everything we haven’t done yet. This must be what its like to have a normal vacation. We feel like we need to cram in a lot of places in our remaining time. I’m a big fan of going slow, having no agenda, having no plan. I don’t want to be herded with the other animals. If it is in the guide book, …

Central Otago

We’re still bumming around the mountains and loving every minute of it. For the last week or so its been a lot of time around Wanaka and Queenstown, NZ’s premier ski towns. They are both basically exactly the same as every upscale ski town back in Colorado. Queenstown is even bigger and perhaps more annoying than anything we have back home. They have all the same overpriced shops for the rich tourists, lots of good restaurants, and a shortage of affordable housing for the locals. Fucking ski towns, love em and hate em. Since we already are well versed in ski town life, we’ve …

Tramping on the West Coast

Three weeks ago we finally dragged ourselves away from the Nelson region, and have been glacially moving down the west coast. This side of the island is famous for having millions of sand flies, which are slightly less annoying than mosquitoes, yet more annoying than the related but less common vampire. Bug repellent, garlic, crosses, long pants and silver bullets are a necessity, although nothing seems to actually stop the little bastards from eating us. They find tourists especially tasty. The west coast is usually rainy, which is a bit of a shock to the system after four wonderful sunny …

Three Months

A few days ago we received an email from our friend Caitlin from Telluride. “Hey guys! I miss you so much. I know I say that every time so I hope it doesn’t cheapen the sentiment, but it’s true! We are doing a trekking trip on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. We think it’ll take roughly three weeks and we’ll fly there within a week after the ski area closes. We’re looking for a third or fourth to join us & I already know you’re ideal travel companions. Is this something you’d be interested in? It’s super cheap once you get there. Say yes. …

The Cabin, The Condo, Thoreau

I remember visiting Walden Pond as a young kid and seeing the cabin Thoreau built and lived in for two years as he searched for something out there in himself. It is a small, rough thing on the lake not very far from the edge of town. Coming from Colorado, this looked to me more like a groomed park than a native forest. If he was searching for solitude and he wanted to live in the wild he certainly wasn’t going to accomplish that in this place.  Missing the point of this expedition, I mostly remember thinking it looked like a …