Retire Early for Adventure: Travel and Volunteer

Want to ditch the office and explore the world? Retire early for adventure by volunteering abroad.

Elephant kisses a man who is feeding him at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.
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Editor’s note: "How to Retire Early for Adventure" is part four of an ongoing series throughout this year focused on how to retire early and the FIRE movement. The introduction to the series is How to Retire Early in Six Steps. The second article is How to Retire Early by 40; the third is How to Retire Early by 50.

Don't feel bad if you spend many of your work hours daydreaming about quitting and going on an adventure. Blame your ancestors.

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Jacob Schroeder

Jacob Schroeder is a financial writer covering topics related to personal finance and retirement. Over the course of a decade in the financial services industry, he has written materials to educate people on saving, investing and life in retirement. With the love of telling a good story, his work has appeared in publications including Yahoo Finance, Wealth Management magazine, The Detroit News and, as a short-story writer, various literary journals. He is also the creator of the finance newsletter The Root of All (, exploring how money shapes the world around us. Drawing from research and personal experiences, he relates lessons that readers can apply to make more informed financial decisions and live happier lives.