Review of Zoetry Villa Rolandi
Have you subscribed to receive notifications of new posts? We updated the subscription page to make it easier to access on mobile. Click the menu to access it. Or you can just click here! The third and final resort we visited in Mexico was Zoetry Villa Rolandi on Isla Mujeres. If you’ve read the other... Read More
You have to earn it
Have you subscribed to receive notifications of new posts? We updated the subscription page to make it easier to access on mobile. Click the menu to access it. Or you can just click here! I’ve mentioned that June was a tough month for us. June was difficult because we had to face the music from... Read More
Review of Dreams Sands Cancun
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June 2018 Progress Update
Have you subscribed to receive notifications of new posts? We updated the subscription menu to make it easier to access on mobile. Or you can just click here! In June 2018, our nest egg finished at 34.3% of goal. Our goal is a conservative 33x our current expenses, less a 0% interest car loan that... Read More
Review of Intercontinental Presidente Cancun
The first hotel we stayed at in Mexico was the Intercontinental Presidente. Staying at an a la carte hotel vs. an all-inclusive provided a nice basis for comparison. The Hotel Zone in Cancun is vibrant and full of great restaurants. There are many all inclusive resorts, but it is one place where you certainly have... Read More
The Vines visit Mexico: Yucatan Peninsula vacation overview
As I’ve mentioned previously, Mr. Vine and I like to travel over our wedding anniversary. Usually we prefer to travel to a new-to-us destination. Depending on how we define “new”, this trip qualified. We visited three different resorts on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. We’ve never been to the Hotel Zone in Cancun before, nor... Read More
May 2018 Progress Update
In May 2018, our nest egg finished at 35% of goal. Our goal is a conservative 33x our current expenses, less a 0% interest car loan that will be paid off in January 2019. This goal anticipates a 3% withdrawal rate, as opposed the 4% rate cited in the Trinity Study. Our mortgage is currently... Read More
Is a timeshare or vacation club right for you?
We’re back home after a lovely, relaxing vacation to Cancun and Isla Mujeres, Mexico! I had good intentions to schedule posts ahead, but packing and preparation took too much time. Then I had good intentions to write while we were on vacation, but I had some regular day job deadlines to meet. So we took... Read More
Free Money: Redefining “maxing out” and debunking retirement savings myths
First, to clear up a common misconception. “Maxing out” does not mean contributing enough to get the maximum company match. That’s a good start. But maxing out means contributing the maximum amount the IRS will allow for certain tax-advantaged retirement accounts. This article will focus on three types of accounts: 401k, Roth IRA, and Health... Read More
Avoid Baggage Fees: 6 rules for packing light
We have a vacation coming up and I can’t wait! We enjoy the anticipation of a trip, which is one of the reasons we book travel far in advance. Other reasons for our advance planning include ease of budgeting vacation time and travel expenses annually. I enjoy researching restaurants and things to do, as well... Read More