Meet Michael & Yvonne the “Happy Vagabonds” behind Your Escape Blueprint.
At the ages of 44 and 53 we realized that our dreams of travel and adventure were being stifled. Our lives were routine, busy and we were “playing small”.
It was only when we lost a friend to ALS that we took a huge leap of faith and jumped off the proverbial cliff.
We broke out of the daily grind, escaped the rat race, retired early, and have been travelling full time since April 2012. We have lived in countries all over South and Central America, Europe and the Caribbean for months at a time.
We cut our living expenses in half while travelling the world. Running a household in Vancouver with two cars, along with electricity, gas, phone, cell phone, internet, food, and eating out used to cost us over $4,000 a month. Our average expenditure is now about $2,500, and we live and play very well on that budget.
House -sitting is the key to our lifestyle. Over the last five years we have house-sat in a 15th-century home in London during the 2012 Olympics, a Tuscan farmhouse, a French vineyard, a Spanish casita, a luxury villa in Costa Rica, deep in the Belize jungle, and half a dozen ocean-view villas in the Caribbean.
Early retirement and a life of travel is possible.
If you have the nerve to take the leap you can live better for less – with no fixed address.
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Who are Michael & Yvonne?
Apparently born under a wandering star, Michael spent hours as a kid poring over maps, atlases and plotting where he wanted to travel when he grew up. Sadly Engineering school got in the way….. “it takes 5 years to complete and a lot longer to get over”. He still considers himself a “recovering” Professional Engineer.
He escaped the rat race at 44 and now pursues his passions for travel, photography, Tai chi, scuba diving, cooking and sampling the world’s wines. Michael is also… fiercely independent, a bit of a rebel, is on a self-imposed media diet and married to an incredible lady.
Born in the UK, with what must be more than a dash of Romany blood in her veins, Yvonne loved to travel even before she met Michael.
Yvonne has a varied career history, which includes several laborious years as a laboratory manager, followed by a fun few years as a scuba instructor and crew in the British Virgin Islands, and then many boring years in financial services. Her discontent along with the passing of a dear friend was the prod that led to the realization that there was a lot more do in life.
It has taken almost 40 years to come full circle and realize what Yvonne’s English teacher saw all those years ago……… Yvonne’s true passion (apart from travel) is writing and she now finds herself fortunate to have the time to follow her bliss and combine the two as a blogger, travel writer and author.
Yvonne loves to tell stories and talk to lots of strangers (the best way to get the real scoop on the place). Yvonne is a “rainmaker” and makes things happen!