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 was that with any luck it would be many things, but this was then and is still a looking forward exercise. Looking forward how? Mrs. Nomad and I are not yet fully retired but definitely moving in that direction and 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.

Nomad has been in tech now for 20+ years so will be writing on travel and tech among other things. How to connect, using what, how to stay safe, etc. But also in past was in the hospitality business, family owned restaurants, I worked as a Maitre’d on a cruise ship for 4 years so food comes into the picture I think too.  Speak a couple of languages with varying degrees of fluency, Dutch, Spanish, German, French and a smattering of a few more. Picked up an MBA in International Business and a Masters in Information Technology along the way.  Left my day job (Director of IT for 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 trans morphed into another but still not enough to do so when my former boss at Oracle offered me a spot doing a lot less, but paying a bit more than before I signed up for another stint. Had 15+ years there and considered it “home” so went back for another lap. Will update and post as I can and as requested so if you have questions please reach out.

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. Will be my opinion, and opinions they say are like a$$holes, “everyone has one and they all stink”.

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 at

thank you!

the Nomads


Twitter: @RetiredNomads


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