The longest journey starts with a single step…

Hello, greetings and konnichiwa! Call me Ishmael ….err Nomad.

Restarting a project that was kicked off in 2017…. And then went stale… The intent then was that with any luck it would be many things, but this was then and is still a looking forward exercise. Looking forward how? The Nomads are not yet fully retired and not as Nomadic as they would like yet but definitely moving in that direction. We want to engage in our passions of travel, languages and other cultures in the not too distant future. Anyway, we won’t be of the “retired by 30” gang but we won’t be eligible for social security either. We have been building our plan for a number of years and now we are ensuring our teenage kids are on their way to being able to survive on their own while we go….elsewhere. This site will be a cornucopia of various subjects, as interesting things are found they will be added.  

Nomad has been in tech/business now for 20+ years so will be writing on travel, tech, and personal finance among other things. How to connect, using what, how to stay safe, how to escape the rat race, etc. But also in past, he was in the hospitality business, his family owned restaurants, he worked as a Maitre’d on a cruise ship for 4 years so food comes into the picture too.  He speaks a couple of languages with varying degrees of fluency, English, Dutch, Spanish, German, French and a smattering of a few more. He picked up an MBA in International Business and a Masters of Science in Information Technology along the way.  Left his day job as Director of IT for a huge well-known company in California then after a few months of doing things to help the wife with her Real Estate brokerage got bored. Retirement from one type of work had trans-morphed into another but still not enough to do so when his former boss at Oracle offered him a spot he signed up for another stint. Had 15+ years there and considered it “home” so he went back for another lap. But every chance we get we are off on another adventure!

We have a lot of opinions about the FIRE movement, think its a cool concept but that one has to also factor in reality, so will spend some time on the topic. Love the FI part of it but the RE retire early usually means changing from one type of income to another, this is great when you are young but for the most part, means limiting other parts of life such as marriage and kids and future financial independence. If that works for you go forth, but hope to delve into how you can have it all.

One of our favorite things to do for entertainment and education is listening to audiobooks and podcasts. These allow one to do a number of different things while continuing to learn. Walking, hiking, doing chores, sitting on a bus/boat/plane and not have to carry around a book or a number of books. Weight while traveling is crucial and having digital resources reduces weight. Our audiobook page of the latest titles consumed is here -> Audiobooks

Things have changed of late and new interests have had us focus on other locations. Panama (the country, the one with the canal) has entered into the picture. You can get an idea of what this means at

 Naos Harbour Island view from above

thank you!

the Nomads


Twitter: @RetiredNomads


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