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Mini-Retirement Trips on The Rise

by Allie Moore

Jan 15, 2019

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During the age of F.I.R.E. (financial independence, retire early) goal-setters, young professionals put off travel and other luxuries in an attempt tt build up their savings and save travel for the latter part of their life. However, another trend can help combine the best of both worlds: mini-retirement trips.


For those for whom early retirement isn’t a likely option due to student loans or other expenses coupled with a lower income, mini-retirement trips can provide similar benefits for those who fully retire. Having a multi-month or year-long vacation to look forward to can provide enough incentive to work hard, save money and live frugally to prepare for the ultimate reward: a short-term relocation to another place in the world, offering a taste of life outside of the norm.


Benefits of partaking in a mini-retirement include the ability to take part in certain adventures that may be too strenuous as a person ages. During such trips, travelers can continue to work in increments or build upon an existing hobby as a side hustle, such as crafting or writing.


Taking this time off from work also allows employees to return to the workforce with a new outlook on life, a refreshed spirit and the motivation to continue to work and save up for their next mini-retirement.





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