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Turquoise, blue and emerald

Fish beneath our Feet: A week in Bora Bora

After 10 years of tirelessly toiling everyday, we sold our business. As a celebratory vacation, we decompressed in Bora Bora for a week. It was like no other vacation we’d taken before.

Bora Bora

Bora Bora

After our jet sat down, we immediately boarded a boat that reminded me of something George Clooney would be cruising along in while visiting Venice.

Retro Boat

Retro Boat

In short order, we arrived at the Four Seasons hotel. It was no ordinary hotel. In fact, our home for the next week was a self-contained bungalow with sections of glass floor where fish swam beneath your feet.

Over water Bungalows

Over water Bungalows

We spent our days on the water. Mastering a Yolo board, sailing, swimming with sharks, or jet skiing.

Yolo

Yolo

Cameron mastering a watercraft

Cameron mastering a watercraft

Each morning we would wake up and take a dive into the ocean from the balcony of our over-the-water bungalow.

Our morning diving platform

Our morning diving platform

Mid week, we boarded a helicopter for an aerial view of the island where you can experience the expansive turquoise, blue and green.

Turquoise, blue and emerald

Turquoise, blue and green

The grounds of the Four Seasons were immaculate as if specifically designed for postcards.

Incredible flora

Incredible flora

Perfectly groomed beaches

Perfectly groomed beaches

Manicured grounds

Manicured grounds

A week came too soon. As we watched the sunset of our final night in paradise, I began to reminisce of how it all started 10 years earlier — with a dream of retiring early and enjoying lifestyle freedom while we were young and energetic enough to enjoy it.

Sunset in Bora Bora

Sunset in Bora Bora

I can’t believe we pulled it off.

About Us

Steve and Lynn Miller reached financial independence in 2012 at age 50 and now enjoy traveling, fitness, cycling, photography and lots of other hobbies.

In his spare time, Steve develops mobile apps. His latest project is an app that allows you to countdown the days to retirement or financial independence: http://www.CountUsDown.com/Retirement.

If you like this blog, you might also like Steve’s We Retired Early blog where he blogs about lifestyle freedom, financial independence, and cool mobile apps.

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How to Retire Early

I don’t normally promote other people’s books or wares but I have a friend (Bob and Robin Charlton) that just published a book entitled “How to Retire Early: Your Guide to Getting Rich Slowly and Retiring on Less“.  This book is sensational.

Sensational Book

I’ve known Bob and Robin for several years now and they are a great couple.  They retired the old-fashioned way at only 43 years old – they saved almost a million dollars in just over 12 years. And they did not have huge salaries — many of you will make more than they did during their working years.   I am not nearly as frugal as they are, but it is amazing what can be done to retire early if you really put your mind to it.

Enough said.  If you want to be inspired by a couple that bares all with a financial transparency that you have never seen before, you have to read this book.  They are fully open about what they had, how they made their money, and how you can do the same to retire early.

It is on sale at Amazon, here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/How-To-Retire-Early-Retiring/dp/1482653729/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365809963&sr=8-1&keywords=retire+early.

Enjoy!