Travel Hippi: The Story Behind The Story

Travel Hippi, travel, retire early, retire abroadInitially, people would ask “why” and we would offer a long, reasoned explanation. But as the idea of living abroad became clear in our minds, our answer was reduced to “why not?”

Our story is about moving abroad in search of our own paradise. We will share our experience and trust the information will be useful, interesting and inspiring.

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.

Travel Hippi is designed as a combination resource and travel blog, with an emphasis on the resource side of things. As keen travellers and expats ourselves, we understand the importance of relevant and accurate information, and this website will give you exactly that.

Unbiased information

When searching for information, the worst experience is to realise that the author has a hidden agenda which only becomes clear much deeper into his website or blog. An example is where an author would unduly play up the features and benefits of a location, only to find out that he has a vested interest in real estate in the area.

We understand that biased information will destroy credibility. Therefore, Travel Hippi’s resource section will offer unbiased information based on facts and figures available at the time of publication. We also have a system in place that triggers regular updates.

Bias versus Opinion

Bias should not be confused with opinion. In the blogging world, bias is unfair prejudice. And opinion is a judgement call based on an experience.

As much as the resource section will be unbiased, the travel blog will likely be opinionated. In my mind, that is a good thing, because a travel blog should have more than regurgitated facts. It should also contain the author’s opinion – positive or negative.

But enough about the content. Let’s briefly tell you how it came about.

The decision to pack it all up

At some stage, we were so committed to various causes that travelling was impossible. Caring for an elderly parent and getting the last sprout through school were priorities. Then there was the business we ran from home and there was the home itself.

My dad was 88 when he passed away and although his body was becoming frail, he was otherwise healthy. Absolutely nothing can prepare one for the sudden death of a loved one, and Gramp’s passing was no exception. It reminded us how fragile and precious life is. We were jolted into the realisation that we were keeping ourselves very busy, but that we were not really pursuing our dreams. And that realisation led to the decision to sell it all and find our own paradise.

Over a period of 20 months, the universe conspired in the most beautiful way and enabled us to sell everything, make the basic arrangements and set sail.

Travel Hippi – the go-to resource for retiring abroad

We have established our base in Panama and once we have properly explored the country, we will start travelling to the 30 countries that are within a three and a half hour flight from us.

Travel Hippi’s mission is to inspire others to retire early, and to find their own paradise.

The website is a constant work-in-progress, that will include the following:

Retire Early: this section contains information about retiring early, including minimalism as a lifestyle and tips on prudent personal financial management and building wealth.

Retire in Spanish America: here you will find a broad range of information to assist with that very personal decision of becoming an expat.

Relocation Guides: this is where you can learn about specific requirements for visas, residency and citizenship. Safety, healthcare, ownership and cost of living are also covered.

Resources: a handy guide to tried and tested travel and relocation resources.

And if you cannot find the information you are looking for, just send us an email. We will try our level best to assist.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary” – Steve Jobs

I would love to have your thoughts. Comments and suggestions are most welcome.


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  1. My partner and I did the very same thing recently … sold up and bought a boat. Best thing we ever did.
    Safe sailing, Chris (and your partner naturally).

    • Thank you Wendy & Partner,
      We are anchored at “home”, Bocas del Toro for the time being. I hope your life aboard brings happiness in abundance!

  2. Hi Chris,

    Simply loved your blog on the story behind the story! Keep travelling and keep sharing the stories, I draw inspiration from every one of them.



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