Our motivation to leave the rat race

For several years now, I have wanted to leave the rat race. I have recognised that the traditional life path is not the best recipe for mental wellbeing and contentment. I work in academia. It involves continual targets, mountains of work, and cut-throat competition. Furthermore, temporary contracts are common increasing feelings of insecurity and stress. Nevertheless, it has taken two pivotal events to encourage me to finally take the first steps towards leaving the rat race. Enough is enough About three years ago, I had an especially excruciating interview for a lecturing job. After that, I vowed that I would

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Our strategy for leaving the Rat Race

There are many resources on the internet relating to leaving the rat race. “FIRE” (Financial Independence, Retire Early) is one such radical and fast track approach. The FIRE philosophy is based on saving and investing a large proportion of your salary (50-70%). This will enable you to accrue sufficient funds or assets to generate enough income to live off. Therefore, you need to acclimatise to living frugally so that your investments will be sufficient to sustain your living expenses. A key part of this approach is to develop good spending habits early on rather than have to reduce outgoings later.

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Potential issues when buying a rural property

It may seem a strange to discuss potential issues of buying a rural property on a site where we are extolling the virtues of moving to a greener, calmer space. However, it is easy to assume that buying a rural property is as simple as buying one in a built-up location and this isn’t always the case. Many of the aspects of purchasing a house in the country are, of course, similar but there are also some potential pitfalls that should be considered. We have come across a number of unusual (to city folk!) features and circumstances during our journey

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Due diligence when buying a rural property

Rural property issues

If you read our first post you will have seen there are a potential number of additional pitfalls to look out for when considering buying a home in a rural location. All of the issues listed in the first post (and probably several more)  require careful due diligence to avoid. The internet is a massive source of information and can help eliminate some risks but if in doubt it is always best to consult your solicitor. Research helps with an area you are unfamiliar with and can save wasting time travelling miles to view properties that may be eliminated as

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