Comments on: Leaving it all behind: Cruising into our Vacation One couple's story of escaping 9 to 5 until 65 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:22:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: Bryan Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:01:58 +0000 Thanks ARB. Yeah, well I actually hit debt freedom at 54 years and 11 months or 648 months old! (at what point do people stop referring to their babies ages in months?) 🙂

Your right about not automatically associating milestones with age. Getting our driver’s license, buying our first car, graduating high school and college, buying a home, getting married, having kids, building some net worth, becoming FI, and ultimately retiring can all come at different times for everyone. Most of the people in our FIRE crowd will probably accomplish this faster than me. You are a prime example.

The cruise was great and I plan on writing a post about the experience. I hope you got the annuity sale!

By: Bryan Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:54:55 +0000 I used to leverage every free birthday offer I could. Denny’s comes to mind as a restaurant I would make sure I ate at on my birthday for free each year. We don’t have any in Sedona.

This year due to being on the cruise, my free Starbucks drink offer expired. That said, the cruise was definitly worth losing out on a free latte! 🙂

By: ARB Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:03:37 +0000 Happy Birthday, Bryan!!!! 55 is the year that you celebrate debt freedom! Quite the milestone!

I think the idea of milestones is pretty arbitrary and artificial once you pass 21. Rather than new freedoms that come automatically with an associated age, the milestones are that which you create. My 30th birthday brought nothing, but my 31st or 32nd might be milestones as me and my friends are planning to buy property, making me a property owner.

Enjoy your cruise. I’m envious of you right now. I’m on my lunch break at work, praying that I can get an annuity sale before the weekend.

ARB–Angry Retail Banker

By: Abigail @ipickuppennies Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:56:58 +0000 I like to do something juvenile on my birthday. I think it’s good for the soul. But a cruise sounds pretty good too. You could just focus overly on desserts and call that being juvenile. Or smart.

I don’t remember a lot of my milestones. At age 30, I had only been married for a little over 4 months, and we were trying to pay off student/medical debt on disability and unemployment. But I think we used free movie passes, had a happy hour discounted set of appetizers before the movie, and then got my free birthday cone at ColdStone. I know, I know, I’m a party animal.