My name is Dan and I am the founder of Vagabond Buddha.
I will show you how to retire in paradise for half of what you thought possible in a moment. But first, let me explain how I came to live internationally, over a decade ago.
This is the story of how tragedy helped me become an expert finding the best retire cheap in paradise locations around the world.
I have one idea in mind for you. I want you to start living your dreams a little sooner than you thought possible. If my personal misfortune can help you find your best retirement place in the world that fits within your particular retirement budget, then I will consider Vagabond Buddha a success.
My goal is to help you find your personal paradise and get you living there sooner than you thought possible.
I believe I am the person with the best chance to help you make your early retirement dreams come true.
My Goal! If I can make you believe that retiring internationally is the key to living an amazing retirement, for half as much money as you thought possible, and you realize that my methods provide the best freedom and flexibility for you to develop an international lifestyle on a known limited budget, then all of your other fears, concerns or objections about retiring internationally will fall away. That is when, you will take the action. On that day, I believe you will start planning and executing your dreams.
That day could be today.
But first, let me tell you how the tragedy of the 2008 worldwide market crash forced me into a corner that helped me figure out my own retirement.
I did most everything right. I went to school. I studied really hard. I got amazing grades. I took a good paying job. I married a beautiful woman. I bought a house and started saving for retirement.
I read all about investing for retirement. I dreamed of paying off my house and retiring some day. I dreamed of traveling the world. I dreamed of writing a book or two when I retired. I planned on relaxing and enjoying family.
I thought I might even have money to leave to my family when I died.
I saved a little of everything I made along the way. I paid myself first. Each time I had a little chunk, I invested it. I put it in my 401(k). I bought a house, but I kept saving. I even bought a few real estate investments along the way.
When I was 45 years old, I sat down and looked at where I was in my retirement planning.
I estimated about how much it would cost me to retire in the US. I estimated how much it would cost to travel the world a few months each year.
I then estimated the monthly cash flow my investments would provide for my retirement. With moderate normal growth in my investments, I would have enough for early retirement at age 55.
I made it. I was done. My planning was successful. I had made all the right moves. I had put the investments I needed in place.
My future was set.
You see, I asked myself the question, “What do I want to do for the next 10 years?”
At age 45, I didn’t want to wait another 10 years to start my travels. And why should I? My investments would grow over the next 10 years whether I was in the USA or anywhere else in the world.
All I needed was to support my daily expenses and not touch my retirement nest egg.
I started thinking ... I don’t want to do this job for another 10 or 15 years. I want to see the world now. I had become bored at work. I wasn’t even sure I could get myself to work another 10 or 15 years.
I felt like I had become lazy. There was very little risk ... no chance to lose or win big.
My life looked like success on the outside. That was not how I felt inside. I felt like I had played life safe. I felt like I had some potential left in me that needed to get out.
Ten more years of this? ... that felt like a slow walk to death.
But what could I do? I wanted some adventure. I needed more passion in my life. I wanted to feel proud of myself, again.
One day sitting at my desk the phone rang. The caller asked, “Would you consider moving to India for 2 years for a job?” With very little thought, I said "yes."
What could be more adventurous than India?
My new job in India included 2 months per year of paid holiday.
That meant I could take every seventh week off.
I would work 6 weeks and then head to the airport. I would fly somewhere and enjoy the world in the 7th week. I would fly back and be at my desk 10 days later. Then I would start counting the weeks again, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6!
It was a dream come true for me. I visited 22+ countries in 2 years.
My life was better than any dreams I had ever had.
But the dream ended in a nightmare.
The US economy collapsed in 2008, while I was living in India. I got the wind knocked out of me.
In less than 12 months, my networth dropped by 40%. My 401(k) and my real estate holdings collapsed.
Instead of moderate growth resulting in retirement in 10 years, my assets were almost wiped out by the 2008 worldwide market crash.
Luckily, I didn’t need to sell anything during the crash. I just held on to everything and prayed the market would recover.
I hoped that things would recover quickly but they didn’t. My 401(k) and my real estate wasn’t recovering quickly enough to meet my 10 year projections.
My plan was for things to grow steadily. Instead, they had dropped significantly.
It would be 8 years before my investments would get back to their pre-crash levels. My 10 year retirement plan was destroyed. My future was now in jeopardy.
It looked like I would have to work into my 70s. But I couldn’t even calculate a new retirement date because the market wasn't stable yet.
It remained low and unstable for 8 years. So I couldn’t really even make a new plan.
I just had to keep working and see what happened over time.
I waited as long as I could, but after 3 years, I wanted to leave India. I wanted try living in another country. I wanted to live in other parts of the world. I didn’t want to move back to the USA yet. I wasn't ready for normal.
I didn’t want to go back to another soul sucking normal job. By then, I had read the 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris.
I had tasted freedom and I loved the flavor. I wanted more of it, not less.
So I asked my boss if I could reduce my hours and pay and begin working remotely on my laptop, part time.
Luckily, he said yes.
For the next 9 years, I lived all over the world. Sometimes I would live in one place for a few weeks, sometimes for a few months.
Once I realized that I would not have enough money to retire at age 55, I started thinking about a back up plan.
I began to keep track of the cost of living in various parts of the world. I began to realize that there were many paradise locations around the world where I could live for half (or less) of what I would need in the USA.
When I visited family in the USA, I realized that I just wasn't that into the USA lifestyle anymore.
Most of the retirement affordable parts of the USA are not as charming. The USA is all about malls and automobiles. I had fallen in love with charming walkable neighborhoods around the world where you don't need a car at all.
That is when I had a new idea. Instead of retiring in the USA and traveling 3 months of the year, why not retire in a cheap paradise location? That would allow me to save money for 9 months and travel to expensive places like the USA, Japan, and Europe, the other 3 months of the year. I should retire internationally and travel from a foreign base!
I began to realize that I could live in much of the world for much less than it would cost to retire in the USA.
That is when I decided to begin researching and creating my new retirement plan.
While I worked remotely on my laptop, I would research and travel to the low cost of living countries with paradise environments.
Here was the plan. I would live in each place and estimate how much it would cost to live there. I would determine a sustainable retirement budget for each place.
As my retirement assets began to slowly rebound, I could see places around the world that I could retire on my slowly growing retirement assets. I wouldn't need to wait until my 70s. I was watching my early retirement come back to life.
My new goals was to find my favorite retirement place. I would live there 9 months of the year and travel the world the other 3 months of the year.
During the 9 months, I would stay under budget so I could save a little money each month. That would give me extra money to visit more expensive places when I traveled the other 3 months of the year.
That would allow me to visit the whole world even after I retired.
I learned that people are basically the same all over the world.
They may look a little different, eat different foods, believe in different gods, and create different art, literature and architecture, but when you scratch under the surface, we are all very similar.
They work hard and bring home their success and share it with family and friends. They take care of their neighbors and watch out for the young, the weak, and the old.
The overwhelming majority of people in every culture are about love, integrity, fairness, and family.
People that should know better often try to separate us by our differences. They may even try to convince you that where you live is safe but the rest of the world is weird or different. They may even try to tell you that the world is a dangerous place.
I have found not found that to be the case. The opposite has been true in my experience. Wouldn't I know?
When I started traveling, I assumed that the cheaper places to live meant there would be a reduction in the quality of life. I assumed that the quality of daily life would be better in more expensive places.
But what I have found is often just the opposite. Sure, I have visited cheap places where I would not want to live. But there are also cheap places that I absolutely love.
In general, the more expensive places to live seem to have traded quality of life for visual representations of wealth. This often seems to equate to less personal time. Less time to develop meaningful relationships or pursue what you love most with your free time.
In the expensive world, people are often too busy chasing dreams that require buckets of money. They keep chasing dreams until they run out of time. They don't enjoy life long the way. They are not smelling the flowers along the road as they walk through life.
You will learn that there are parts of the world where life is just simpler.
Things are not as rushed. People are not so consumer driven. There are places where people drink coffee from a ceramic cup. That is meant partly as a joke. But it turns out to be true. When you drop out of the rate race, you'll learn that life is more about the experience than rushing off to the next thing.
There are places where people just don’t need as much money. Life is just so much simpler and cheaper. There are places where life is rich and fulfilling on almost any budget.
There are places where more money could be a disadvantage. Places were spending more money separates you from a soul warming intimacy that would otherwise have been available to you, if you had lived simply with the locals.
There are doors that will open to you all over the world just because people are curious about strangers from foreign lands. People will often be interested in you just because you look different.
You will see how different cultures value time and life differently. You will learn how spending time doing whatever you love ... feels. Whether reading a good book, painting, learning about a new culture, enjoying the local art and music, taking long walks without a destination, learning to dance, playing cards, making local foods, making love, hiking, sleeping in, or whatever you love ... feels ... without watching the clock.
Life just feels different when you aren’t so worried about time or money.
Sometimes having more money actually separates you from others. There are connections you could have created if you had integrated with the locals and enjoyed the simple pleasures of a beautiful place.
Can I invite you into my world? Good. I have an idea about how we can help each other.
You might think something is wrong because my price is too low.
But I need your help. You see, I am just offering this to a limited number of you for a limited time, as a beta test promotion.
In return, I am asking you to be brutally honest and share any ideas you have with me, so that I can make final changes before going live.
In return, I will freeze you in at this crazy-low membership price for as long as you like.
Location Reports: First, I would like to offer you a membership in my retire cheap reports. Each report includes text and videos of me describing livability factors, cost of living, tours, things to do, restaurants, best areas to stay, transportation, plus travel tips and secrets. Today, there are already 35 reports of my favorite retire cheap in paradise locations in the world. If I charged $20.00 per report, this would be worth around $700.00. Since I add 3 to 4 reports per month, the value grows faster than you can consume the reports. But that is not all you will get.
Comparison Reports: This is what makes me different. Since I have spent considerable time in all of these places, I am able to discuss the pros and cons of each country. I am also able to discuss pros and cons of each location within each country. These are valuable because you learn what is different about each place when compared to the others. These reports help you reduce the number of places you need to visit before making a final decision. Retire Cheap Reports help you short list the locations with your desired amenities that fit within your budget. But once you have a shortlist, the comparison reports help you bubble the best ones to the top. At $25.00 per comparison report, at the rate going forward of about 4 per year, that adds another $100 per year to the membership value. But that is not that is not all you will get.
Retirement Action Planner: Second, your membership includes a copy of my retirement action planner. The planner describes how the world is changing and how you need to adjust to be ready for retirement. The planner includes how and when to save and invest for retirement, how to avoid dipping into your principal, how to pick a financial advisor, the best age to retire based upon your situation, a retirement calculator, how to budget before and during retirement, savings and investments, investment tips, how to pay off debt, various retirement vehicles, international tax havens, working in retirement, and more. This book would sell for about $29.00. But you will not pay that. It is just a bonus. Plus, that is not the only bonus.
Retire at Any Age with Almost No Money: This Ebook teaches how the world used to be and how things are different now. The world is changing. If you already have enough money for retirement, this book is not for you. The book includes describing how to get ready for retirement at any age, by working really hard for 3 to 5 years and building a cash flow. Then continue working at a slower pace as you slow down into a working retirement. This allows you to slow down but still keep earning money by leveraging time, money, and automation. By staying involved and learning, you will not only have extra money, but you will keep your mind fresh. This book is worth about $39. But you will not pay that. It is just a bonus. Plus, that is not the only bonus.
Maximize Social Security: I studied this topic and came up with 8 important tips for you. I even used one of the tips I learned to increase my mother’s existing social security check by over $1000 per month. Plus, the increase was retroactive, so she received a check for more than $12,000 in back payments. This report would sell for about $9.00. But you will not pay that. It is just a bonus if you act during this beta promotion ...
1. Retire Cheap Reports $700 (plus growing monthly)
2. Comparison Reports $100 per year
3. Retirement Action Planner $29.00
4. Retire at Any Age with Almost No Money $39.00
5. Maximize Social Security $9.00
Total Value Today $877.00 (But growing in value at over $200 per year)
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6. Your $9 Beta Promotion Rate is frozen for life at this rate, unless you cancel.
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P.S.: Please remember your promise to me. I am just offering you this crazy-low beta promotion, for a short time, to a very limited number of you. In return, I need your help. I am asking you to share your ideas, so that I can make final changes before going live. In return for your help, I will freeze you at this crazy-low beta promotion price for as long as you like. By helping me help you make your dreams come true, you will be helping me open the same door for others. I will be forever grateful to you. I promise to honor your help by listening and improving Vagabond Buddha, so the door opens more easily for everyone.
I look forward to meeting you in person, somewhere in the world, someday. :-)
Dan of Vagabond Buddha
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