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What is Lifestyle Design?

In 2007, my husband and I were on a flight to Sydney, Australia and I had brought a book, “The Four Hour Work Week,” by Timothy Ferriss to read on the way. In that book, the author described a concept that rocked my world.

What does an beach-dwelling millionaire do that a cubicle-dweller doesn’t? Follow an uncommon set of rules.

How does a lifelong blue-chip employee escape to travel to world for a month without his boss even noticing? He uses technology.

Gold is getting old. The New Rich (NR) are those who abandon the deferred-life plan and create luxury lifestyles in the present using the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility. This is an art and a science we will refer to as Lifestyle Design.


He goes on to explain how most people simply accept the status quo and never even question if there could be an alternative to working hard your whole life to retire at age 60:


Life doesn’t have to be so damn hard. It really doesn’t. Most people, my past self included, have spent too much time convincing themselves that life has to be hard, a resignation to 9-to-5 drudgery in exchange for (sometimes) relaxing weekends and the occasional keep-it-short-or-get-fired vacation.

People don’t want to be millionaires — they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy. Ski chalets, butlers, and exotic travel often enter the picture. Perhaps rubbing cocoa butter on your belly in a hammock while you listen to waves rhythmically lapping against the deck of your thatched-roof bungalow? Sounds nice.

$1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows. The question is then, How can one achieve the millionaire lifestyle of complete freedom without first having $1,000,000?


The very IDEA that lifestyle design existed, that I could actually design my life changed the way I looked at my life and living my life forever.

As far as I know, we only have ONE life. Why wasn’t I living my best life… NOW?

I decided that what was important to Don and me was to determine what is most important to our lives and design a (sometimes unconventional) work life around those values rather than working 40+ hours for 40-50 years — waiting until retirement to finally begin persuing other passions and a better quality of living.


How Did We Pursue Lifestyle Design?

We were already working an internet based business, so why were we not looking closely at our lives and designing or actively doing the things we’ve always wanted to do…


A few months after reading that book, we got rid of all our stuff and decided to travel the world while working our business. The Luxury Vagabonds were born!

Over the past 5 years, we’ve lived in France, Hawaii (two times), Northern California, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Mexico.

(If you are interested in how we pay for everything, fill out the form on the upper right hand corner of this page.)


Is LifeStyle Design for You?

The answer to this question is a resounding YES. Lifestyle Design is for anyone that is serious about moving forward in their lives and wants to live their best life. Not “someday,” or “when I’m retired,” but RIGHT NOW.

Why not live the life you want to, right now? Can it be done? Can you live the good life now without being independently wealthy or retired?

You bet.

It might take some innovative strategies, or maybe some different thinking, but anyone that is serious about doing something that maybe not everyone else is doing should…

…design your own life.