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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Long weekend in Lisbon and Sintra

Long weekend in Lisbon and Sintra

Let’s get those bags packed and head out once again to see the world! 

I’m so excited, I hope you are too. Maybe you’ve been looking at your wishlist and not knowing where to head first. Maybe the excitement of the travel bans lifting got you all worked up and you can’t pick a spot. 

Don’t worry I’ve got you covered. 

Lisbon and Sintra are two beautiful spots that you can visit over a long weekend. 

Check out here where to go, what to do, and some cool places to eat at as well.

1- The vintage tram 28 (Martim Moniz to Campo de Ourique)

You must have seen pictures of the tram carts dotted around social media and the internet. A quaint yellow tram that screeches and rattles through the narrow streets of the city. It passes through the popular tourist districts of Graca, Alfama, Baixa, and Estrela.

Many consider it a highlight of visiting Lisbon.

It’s worth exploring for a few stops, the whole length of the ride is very long especially if you take it back towards your starting point (which is likely to be the city center).

We took this on the evening of our arrival day for the whole round trip. It’s used as a mode of public transport as well as being a tourist attraction so expect it to be crammed at peak times.

2- Belem Tower: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Erected on the northern bank of the Tagus river to protect the city. It’s very close to the Jerónimos Monastery. You can climb all the way to the top and have lovely views of the river and the surrounding city. Photos in the tower or of the tower are really good for those Instamoments if that’s what floats your boat, I do recommend taking the time to visit it in spite of that.

3- Monument to the Discoveries

a 52-meter tall monument built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator, who discovered the Azores, Madeira, and Cape Verde.

You can go up to the observation deck and have a panoramic view of the surroundings and a view over the Belem tower.

4- Jerónimos Monastery

A beautiful ornate monastery, built in the 1500s as a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth, named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It does look stunning from the outside, although on the itinerary we didn’t manage to go in. It’s on my list for the next time I go to Lisbon.

The monastery is the birthplace of Pastel de Natas, with the monks and nuns using too many egg whites to starch their clothes the leftover egg yolks led to the birth of this delicious pastry. The recipe dates to over 100 years ago.

5- Praça do Comércio

I went in the evening with my friend Nazmaknows, I think it’s much more beautiful at night with all the lights around it. We wandered from there to Santa Justa lift, the alleyways, shops, and squares nearby in the Alfama district.

6- Santa Justa Lift and Miradoura de Santa Luzia viewpoint

We missed the sunset but still, the view from the top was well worth taking the time to witness.

aim to head there at sunset, I am told the view doesn’t disappoint 😉

7- The Fantastic World of Portuguese Sardines

Would you like to have a can of sardines with your birth date on it?

If yes, then this is the place for you. You feel like you walked into a circus with music and carousels. The displays are very colorful and it makes a great idea for a unique souvenir. They also have sardine cans marked with dates of historic events.

If you pass by it you should stop and have a bit of a nosey.

8- Monserrate Palace

On our second day, we set off to Sintra.

A charming resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains near Lisbon. The forested town used to be a Royal sanctuary.

 

We first headed to Monserrate Palace, an Arab-influenced Moorish Palace. I found it absolutely stunning, a blend of Arab architecture and history weaved with Gothic and Indian styles surrounded by beautiful thick lush green English gardens.

9- Queluz National Palace

A beautiful and elegant Baroque palace partway between Lisbon and Sintra. The palace once served as an official Royal residence.

You can walk around the very impressive throne room where the Royals would have sat to receive their guests and then wander around their private apartments.

It’s not difficult to get lost in the beautifully landscaped surrounding gardens either.

10- Amoreiras Shopping Center

After getting back to Lisbon and getting some kip we headed out to have a wander around the shops and to find something to eat.

It was cold and raining so we decided to go to the mall!

Great shopping spot, with a nice collection of restaurants as well.
It is also home to Lisbon’s best 360 degrees viewpoint!
 

Other things to do in an evening in Lisbon would be to:

– Catch a Fado show, that’s the traditional, emotional, mournful, Portuguese music.

– People watching on the Rossio square. Yes, it’s a thing.

– Explore the nightlife in Barrio Alto.

Food for the soul in Lisbon

Dessert (always comes first)

You can’t go to Portugal and not have Pastel de Natas, now can you?

Manteigaria

Nothing beats the authentic taste that you get at this place. Such flaky crispy and light pastry, full with smooth creamy delightful custard, dressed with sprinkles of icing sugar and cinnamon powder.

I could eat them all day every day!

Pastéis de Belém is another place to try the national pastries. It’s close to the monastery and famed to be using the original recipe. The queue stretches a few meters outside and the service can be very slow.

Meals

Casa de Alentejo

A historic restaurant built as a meeting place for people from Portugal’s historical province Alentejo to meet and cultivate culture.

When you walk in you feel you’ve stepped into a Moorish palace with an impressive courtyard. It’s known for its elegant ballroom which serves as a massive dining room, meeting place, and a stage for many activities. Book ahead of time if you want to dine in the ballroom.

We had dinner there on our first night in the city and the girls gave me a surprise birthday cake! Yes, that was my birthday trip 🙂

I can recommend the fried dogfish and prawn curry!

Copenhagen coffee lab

A charming little cafe tucked away in a side street offering amazing cooked and cold breakfast options, sweet and savory bakes, and top-notch coffees. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in Lisbon.

I do recommend their dirty Chai latte 😉

Ena Pai!

A quiet and pretty hotel restaurant with great food and excellent service. I enjoyed the meal so much that I forgot to take a picture, here’s me just wanting to get on with my dessert!

You can check out the restaurant here and the adjacent hotel Dabaixa here.

Nazma was patient enough to take a photo of her veggie platter.

Noori at Amoreiras Shopping Center

This place was quite a treat, serving different sushi combos. Strawberry and cream cheese, apple and prawn, and delicious poke bowls. It was super fresh and super delicious.

Long weekend in Lisbon and Sintra

Snacks

Traditional Codfish cake bar

A very stylish shop in the Alfama district sells traditionally made codfish cakes. You can see them being made while browsing in the shop.

We took the one with the cheese inside. I liked the fishcake but wasn’t too sure about the cheese and fish combo.

Long weekend in Lisbon and Sintra
Long weekend in Lisbon and Sintra

It was one of the very charming city breaks that I have had, being my birthday weekend and with my friend, Nazma definitely made it special.

I would want to visit again, enjoy the city and more of the Pastel de Natas!

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How to see more of the world?

how to see more of the world

I always wanted to see more of the world.

Curiosity, a passion for exploring new things, and simply getting very bored very quickly of the same place were mainly my reasons to travel more. 

Life had it that until 2019 I didn’t really see much of the world. 

Some logistics like getting visas arranged were a big reason in holding me back.

Feeling I needed someone with me not because I couldn’t manage on my own but to feel that I’m within the confines of the social norm, to dodge the ever nonhelpful question of “how come you’re traveling on your own”, to prevent being seen as an easy target were all probably contributing factors.

Also, the deeply ingrained cultural dos and don’ts – even though I don’t agree with nor oblige to them – might have played a part in it.

It’s one of those multifactorial things that start and snowball and then you get to a point where you reflect back and go hmm wonder why I have been doing it for so long.

I suspect some of you solo females out there can identify with this, whether you are single or not. it’s always a bit harder to venture out as a woman and see more of the world on your own. 
Yet, I do urge you to find a way to break through those societal norms that are not so normal and find a way through those logistics because the experience of traveling and seeing the world is so bloody worth it. 
how to see more of the world

I reached a point in my life, where burnout from my job, a toxic relationship got me finally seeing that life is too short and I need to get on with what I always have wanted to do. Travel more and see the world!

I rose above my excuses, spread my wings, and flew away.

I came to a point where I faced the cold hard truth that no one was for granted, nothing was for granted, I take care of myself, my happiness is the most important thing and most importantly I need to live my best life now. Not in five years, not when I get round to doing it, not when and if and but and maybe, not anything else other than looking after my soul and doing it well in the present moment.

 

I rode on the wave of self-love, women empowerment, and solo travel and got myself out there.

As daunting as it can be, I can tell you with utmost certainty it is ever so rewarding. Traveling is truly good for the soul. Even though now I have the best travel buddy I could imagine having, I would still go and explore places solo.

how to see more of the world

My solo travel destinations in 2019:

  • Camino De Santiago, mostly solo hiking
  • Berlin
  • Vienna
  • Salzburg
  • Hong Kong
  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Nara
  • Osaka
  • Hiroshima
  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Shanghai
  • Bangkok
  • Chaing Mai
  • Phuket
  • Kuala Lumper
  • Taman Negara
  • Cameron Highlands
  • Singapore
  • Bali, Ubud and Manggis
 

Non-Solo travel destinations in no particular order:

  • Iceland
  • UAE, multiple Emirates
  • Croatia, Split, and the Islands
  • Barcelona
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • San Fransisco
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Lisbon
  • Prague
  • Budapest
  • Netherlands
how to see more of the world

I am yet to beat that personal record of 18 countries, 36 cities in one year.

I did somewhat dive into the solo female traveler adventure without much research, I took it one day at a time and learned on the go.

Here’s some of what I learned from traveling to see more of the world

– I wandered around mostly on my own but when I could I took day trips which were a great way to meet locals and also other solo travelers. 

– I rarely took taxis, unless I have booked through a trusted provider. I walked a lot and used the metro and buses.

– I went on the hop-on-hop-off bus if I was too tired to walk or had too little time in the city just to see as much as I could. If you buy the ticket from the bus stand, always negotiate the price.

– I took cooking classes when I was traveling which is a great way to experience the native food and the culture.

– Facebook groups are a good resource to research destinations, to find travel mates, or simply find someone to have dinner with then go separate ways (or not).

– I read a lot of books to keep me occupied. I love reading and it was a great opportunity to catch up on some of my wishlist items. May I suggest ‘The Unexpected Joy of Being Single’ as cheesy as it sounds it was a good read and challenges you to think about societal norms in a different way, ‘ Eat, Pray, Love’ the book not the movie and ‘The Garden of Evening Mists’.

– You need to have your wits and common sense switched on when you travel solo, some countries are safer than others but general rules of don’t walk in a dark alley, don’t hand your personal details to anyone who asks, don’t carry too much cash, etc. apply.

What I would do differently next time:

– Take my books on the Kindle/tablet rather than paperback copies

– Use a fitness app/video series or even a meditation app while on the go to help put more structure to my days. They were very busy days during some of the trips but there are always 30 minutes somewhere that you can spare to focus on your wellbeing and create a morning routine. 

– Take fewer clothes. Over the year I definitely refined my packing technique and have matured massively in this area. 

Check out the free packing guide I created, guaranteed to take out the overwhelm when you pack and stop you overpacking. 

– Take more steps to be a sustainable tourist. I did my best but there’s always more that we can do for the environment.

– Travel more! 

Seeing more of the world, especially solo is about resetting my body and mind.

I have become more open to new ideas, I have taken on more challenges, willing to take more risks, try new things, speak my mind, know what I want, have a different perspective, and getting better at letting go of old ways, old things, toxic environments, and people.

Solo traveling has been a journey for me in itself, a very enjoyable, well worth taking one. If you have ever thought about it and doubted that you could do it, I urge you to take the plunge and go for it, long or short it doesn’t matter, it will be rewarding.

 

Nowadays we have more time on our hands and what a better way to spend some of it other than setting out your travel wishlist or you planning your bucket list lifetime trip to give you something to look forward to.

 

I’m working on my own travel wishlist at the moment so I have a bank of travel ideas ready to go post-pandemic.

 

Life is too short to be lived in one place … Let’s go!

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