How to retire early and travel the world? 4 Beginner-Proof Steps

how to retire early and travel the world

Maybe like me, you thought your 9-5 is going to be it. Going to be the thing that will take your life to the next level, to achieve your dreams and desires, retire early and finally live life.

It turned out to be something that just pays for the bills.

Now you are sat wondering if there is more to life than being stuck in the rat race for the next 30-40 years.

When will you get to live your life, when will you get to travel the world?

I am with you.

I felt the same. The job is great, but I needed more. You can read more about my story here.

Hence started thinking, searching and finally found a way to create that financial independence.

Yes, I am still in employment but that is only a testament to how sound this method is, good money doesn’t get made overnight.

The steps that I will walk you through are not a get-rich-quick scheme, they are not come and be the next overnight success.

That stuff does not happen.

It’s 4 steps for you to build your solid financial independence to be able to retire early and travel the world.

Investing a good year or two of your time in building a solid foundation, allow it to blossom over that short period of time while you take it with you on your travels and it will always outdo working for 35 years, don’t you think?

how to retire early and travel the world

Okay now, let us get into it the 4 steps on how to retire early and travel the world…

You probably would have noticed I talked about making money from a business and making that money work for you because you are not going to be able to retire early solely working a job.

Jobs are designed to make you survive paycheque to paycheque (if that) instead of thriving and living your best life.

See how you can generate multiple streams of income regardless of your background and experience.

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2 days in Hong Kong as a solo female traveller

2 days in hong Kong as a solo female traveller

Talk about throwing yourself in the deep end!

I did it, I went on my first solo trip to the very far east, to Hong Kong. I figured if I was going to learn how to do this solo traveling thing, I might as well get on and do it. 

I was on my way to Japan and thought two day stop to Hong Kong would be a good way to kick start this. 

More on Japan trip coming soon. 

I always say, when it comes to solo travel – you are stronger than you think and it is easier than you imagine it to be. 

Just enjoy the ride…. Here is how my ride went 🙂 

I arrived 8ish in the morning in Hong Kong time, haven took a day flight from home, so really according to my internal clock, it was midnight. 

Weary eyes and tired shoulders I made my way to the Grand Kowloon Harbour hotel.

The transfer journey from the airport was straightforward, the driver kindly helped me with my bags. I walked up to the reception desk (9ish am) crossing my fingers and toes they’ll have my room ready.

Airport Transfer

Vigor Airport Shuttle is a good option for a solo traveler that wants a no-stop transfer to the hotel, very reasonably priced. Do check if your hotel offers a free shuttle service.

Currency

Hong Kong dollar. You can check exchange rates here.

Connectivity

Most places you'll visit will have free Wi-Fi, you can download an offline Google Maps which will be enough to help you navigate attractions and public transport.

The receptionist regretted to inform me that the room wasn’t ready and that now
I had about 6 hours to kill till its check-in time.

I decided to make the best out of the time, even when I haven’t slept, I was determined to make the best out of it. 

After a quick refresh at the hotel fitness center, I set off walking along the harbor to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and then to the Avenue of Stars for a selfie with the Bruce Lee statue and all the way down to the Clock Tower for a bit of a sit down before I walked back to the hotel.

I elected not to ride in any vehicles despite the hotel being very well connected (a few steps away from Whampoa metro station, bus stops, and of course taxis) because I didn’t want to risk falling asleep and getting lost on day one of my trip – that wouldn’t be cool.

1ish in the afternoon, I’m back at the hotel.

Receptionist: No Ma’am your room is still not ready.

By that point, I was nodding off while standing so I went up to the hotel fitness center and laid down in the Jacuzzi enjoying a lovely view of the bay in front of me. I also snuck in a little nap on the sun beds by the pool.

2 days in hong Kong as a solo female traveller

Quick refresh once my room was ready and I was out to explore the city again, this time more awake!

No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without seeing the iconic HSBC building, temple street night market, and the peak tram. You can get the most spectacular views of the city at the peak, really worth waiting in the queue to take the tram up there. Go early or book online, it’s a quick ride up, you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants and you can go out to the terrace and take all the selfies your heart desires.

Within the shops and restaurant collection, you can find an awesome cheese toasties place which definitely hit the right spot for me after such a long day @kalatoast.

P.s. If you don’t intend to do shopping or you simply don’t have time I would say skip the temple street night market. There are plenty of stalls selling all sorts of home and exported goods. The food around that area is okay but I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit it if you don’t have much time or not looking to do some serious shopping (just being completely honest here). 

Tian Tan Buddha and the wisdom path occupied most of my second day in Hong Kong. The Ngong Ping 360 Cable car was closed for maintenance when I was visiting, which made my trip to the Big Buddha all the more complicated.

I made it up there via tram and then bus (the buses only accepted cash and never give you change back! Do account for that).

The Buddha, the village nearby, and the wisdom path are all definitely worth going to. You can see amazing panoramic views from the top, ones that no camera lens can capture.

The rest of Lantau island is also worth exploring if you have time, plenty of hiking trails, and beaches to relax upon.

The trip down was significantly more interesting than the way up or what I saw up there. I spent my cash on some street food kind of lunch, thinking I’ll definitely find an ATM in the village nearby. I wandered around the trendy shops in the village looking for one and couldn’t see any. I stopped at the customer help desk and they looked at me baffled: no there are no ATMs here.

My heart sank at that moment because no cash means no bus/taxi down which means walking roughly three hours down the mountain. I wasn’t exactly fancying a hike at that time.

The customer service guy pointed me to the Ngong Ping 360 customer service in the hope that they can help me.

I went up to them and explained my predicament, the guy there was equally worried about how I’ll get down back to the city. He kept scratching his head and then he eventually went into the office and came back with a 20HKD back (enough for the bus ticket).

He insisted I take it and refused me to pay him back by bank transfer or even buy him lunch on my card. He was ‘paying it forward’ for someone who met him with kindness when he was traveling.

It was a heart-warming gesture that got me back to the city in a reasonable time with feet blister-free!

Its always good to arrive at your destination during the day light hours, even if it means you’ll be tired. Get to your accomodation, settle in and then you can explore the attrcations. It’s safer that way. 

You have to be mentally prepared to the fact that things are not always going to go toplan. So have a plan B up your sleeve.

Have your wits about at all times, it doesnt mean you cant let your hair down and have a good time. It just means observe your surroundings and if something doenst feel right, chances are they aren’t right.

Don’t carry too much money but at the same time carry enough for that day! I think my bus story gave you a good example!

If you havent already , check out the 5 essential steps you need to know to travel solo safely and leave the anxiety bnehind. 

The guide is just below this.

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How to pack like a pro? The Ultimate packing tips, tricks and lists

There is just no point in paying extra fees for excess luggage, nor breaking your back carrying items you wouldn’t really need on your trip, wouldn’t you agree?

I spent a long time traveling, and thus trailing and testing the packing steps, tips, and tricks that I’m about to share with you below.

We have an awesome downloadable ‘The Packing Guide for Busy Professionals’ freebie as well for you – saving you time researching checklists and pro tips. 

You can have this at your fingertips whenever you need to jet off again.

Does this look familiar?

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That used to be me, what’s worse though is that I’d get to my destination and regret bringing about half of the items!

Practice makes perfect though, the more I rolled and folded my way through the world the more I knew what works and what doesn’t.

This was a two-week combo city break and hiking trip I took in 2019.

I visited Huston Texas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park.

I need glam outfits as well as casual hiking gear. It all fitted in that luggage there.

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Also, let’s face it. You’d want to have some wiggle room in your luggage for souvenirs, for that outfit that you couldn’t resist buying, gifts, and chocolates you want to bring back home, don’t you?

Here are the ultimate packing tips you need to know when you start packing for your next trip:

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Luggage
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Weather
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Trip Activities & Trip Length
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Outfits
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Travel Mode
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Toiletries and Accessories
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Miscellaneous items
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Packing Lists

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