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Guest post : Our gap year for grown ups

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 […]

Green grass, envy and Henley Royal Regatta

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 […]

What is a house?…and can it make you rich?

Much of this financial independence thing is about rethinking things from first principles. When you do this, you realise that a lot of conventional wisdom isn’t very wise. Often you must unlearn what you have learned. Home ownership has come to be seen as A Good Thing.  Mostly this assumption is implicit and unquestioned.  Its easy […]

The British Class System : My Part in its Downfall

The Escape Artist grew up in rural England (East Anglia) in the 1970s in a village where the British class system was alive and well. The social structure of the village hadn’t really changed since The Domesday book of 1086. At the top of the village hierarchy, there was the landowning family who lived in their country […]

The inestimable advantages of hardening the fuck up

Why is most traditional financial advice so useless? Well firstly, % fees enable financial advisers to screw the customers. And secondly, all that stuff about with-profits funds, life assurance, endowments, annuities and risk tolerance questionnaires blah blah blah is mostly a distraction from what really matters: earning more, spending less and investing effectively. The problem […]

The Correct Way to Start A Business

As your freedom fund grows, it’s great to consider what you might do after you get to financial independence. One fun way to spend your time is to start a side-hustle or small business. This may or may not make you a lot of money…you won’t know until you try. But, having worked hard to get […]

Get Rich…Watching Films! (Part III)

As we saw in Get Rich…Watching Films Part I and Part II, The Path to financial independence need not always entail hard work, self-denial and recycled hessian under-garments. Its possible to start re-programming your brain and turning yourself into a financial ninja…all whilst watching a film at home in pyjamas with a nice cup of tea. 😉 Some Hollywood films […]

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