How an unhappy lawyer retired at 33 to travel the world…and why she’s no longer doing it, with Anita Dhake
#40: Early retirement may seem glamorous when you’re dreaming about it….
Sleeping in every day. Going jogging mid-day. Picnicking on a random Tuesday. Flying off to vacation on a moment’s notice. Wandering abroad for months at a time.
But once early retirement is actually your life, it’ll feel different. You have to be intentional about it to make sure it lives up to your expectations.
This week, I invited Anita Dhake – a lawyer turned early retiree who’s retirement plan has shifted over time – to share her story about retiring from the law at 33 to travel the world, what she’s learned along the way, and why she no longer travels full-time.
- Why she walked away from a high-powered law firm career after graduating from an elite law school
- What motivated her to retire early, and how she came up with her FIRE number
- How she tackled student debt at the same time
- How much she had in the bank on the day she FIRE’d…and how much she has now
- How retiring early actually made health insurance easier
- How many countries she’s traveled to since retiring, and why long-term travel is so difficult compared to vacation travel
- Why she ultimately stopped long-term traveling and what she’s doing now instead
Did anything in Anita’s story surprise you? Do you agree with her view on long-term travel? Would you do anything differently? Let me know by leaving a comment when you’re done.
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