Readers of this site will probably be familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and will therefore have a head-start understanding the philosophy of The Escape Artist. Maslow’s hierarchy is often portrayed as a pyramid with the most urgent fundamental needs at the bottom and higher aspirations such as self-actualization at the top. The most fundamental and […]

It’s a universal law in business and in life generally that what gets measured, gets managed. People who are broke probably didn’t get that way by tracking every pound that they wasted…nope, they usually have no idea where it all went. We usually get more of the things that we pay attention to.  If you […]

Behold the good ship Saint Nicolas, floating gin palace and testament to mankind’s engineering capability. I recently saw this boat up close, moored in the marina near where we were staying on holiday in Sardinia. I’m not sure whether my amateur photography skills adequately convey the sheer scale of the boat. But take it from […]

Apologies in advance if today’s post contains a large element of stating the obvious. But I’ve come to realise that the bleedin’ obvious needs to be spelt out. Repeatedly. Part of the problem is that almost everyone thinks they’re normal and sensible when it comes to money. I wouldn’t be surprised if Boris Becker thinks […]

What if there were a secret community of people roaming the world on gap years…or even on perpetual holiday? Last year I got an intriguing email from Jason, a reader who explained how what had started as a gap year for grown ups turned into something more.  When I was in the Prison Camp, I had no […]

Regular readers will know that The Escape Artist grew up in a tiny village in the back end of nowhere in rural Cambridgeshire. Eventually my parents decided that our mortgage was not big enough so, when I was 10 years old, we moved from the back end of nowhere to the middle of nowhere. We […]

Is it easy to save money or is it hard? Well, that partly depends on your income.  Its easy to save more if you have a higher income (I know, genius!). But it also depends on your perspective. If you live a modern Western sedentary lifestyle, its messing with your body and your mind. And […]

Reader’s voice: What’s that sound I hear? Is someone scraping the bottom of a barrel again?  No…its Now That’s What I call Financial Independence! 8 The Escape Artist is back once again in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed with earnest prose, tortuous metaphors and psycho-babble to review more classic songs about financial independence. I’m On A […]

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