Dare to find your own paradise!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – not Mark Twain
We want to fill our lives with adventures, not things. We want to have stories to tell, not stuff to show.
Hi, we are Chris and Ciska, it is our privilege to have you with us; this is our story of selling everything and setting off to find our own paradise.
The name? Yes we get that question a lot. And fortunately people love it! The name Travel Hippi is a fusion of our love for travel and our rebuff of the establishment. We simply decided to live our values and to act on our courage to find our paradise. So nothing sinister, just a cool name.
Originally from South Africa, we exchanged our anchored citizenship for a more mobile and minimalist life. We retired early and decided to move abroad, all the while searching for a place where we can establish a base and from where we can travel as and when it suits us. Right now that base is on the island of Colon, in the Bocas del Toro province of Panama.
Our tagline, Retire Early … Abroad, is the essence of our website. Our mission is to offer information about early retirement and suitable locations in a credible and professional manner. And not neglecting the personal touch, we will share our experience of going minimalist, living simply and being happy.
A quick word about what this site is not. It’s not about backpacking on a shoestring – we will leave that to the youngsters. Neither is it a resort/hotel review exercise – we will leave that for the elitists. And we are not selling property! It is about a couple in their midlife who made a significant change in lifestyle and who is crafting their own paradise.
You can read about the arising of Travel Hippi in the post The Story Behind The Story. We hope our story will be useful, interesting and inspiring.
In case you are wondering about us: Chris – “most of my working life revolved around SMEs. Owning and managing them, building or selling them, financing or mentoring them. Then came the opportunity to cash in and get off that spinning hamster wheel!”
Ciska – “my career mostly involved accounting systems, eventually leading to an independent consulting business. Enjoyable and profitable but demanding long hours including that inevitable, mind-numbing commuting to clients. When Chris’s opportunity came, I too got off that hamster wheel.”
We have always been travel junkies and are fortunate to have visited 43 countries on five continents. We can spend hours trying to agree on our favourite place. And when that discussion doesn’t produce a clear winner, we just change tack and start contemplating our bucket list.
And we hate food matching etiquette – we enjoy a cold beer with any dish…
Please be in touch, I look forward to your questions and comments.