080 | FI is an Amazing Race | AlabaMalaysia | Reverse GeoArbitrage

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080 _ FI is an Amazing Race _ Khai (1)

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Khai Shing, a former contestant on The Amazing Race, and blogger at ALABA+MA+LAYSIA, talks about balancing her pursuit of FI while finding ways to travel, worldwide, at discount prices.

  • Did Khai start with global travel, or with The Amazing Race?
  • Took about 3 months from applying to The Amazing Race with her twin brother, to being selected for the show – traveling all over China.
  • Khai grew up in Malaysia, and plans to return there for retirement, once she achieves FI.
  • How did Khai and her brother set themselves up to be selected from their video application?
  • What was the highlight of The Amazing Race for Khai?
  • Is it easier to achieve FI living in Malaysia versus living in the US?
  • When Khai calculates her FI number, does she base her living expenses off US expenses, or the expected cost of living in Malaysia?
  • Why does Khai use 35x as her multiplier for calculating a FI number?
  • How long is Khai’s FI path?
  • How does world travel fit into Khai’s lifestyle and financial plan during the next 8 years of her path?
  • How and when did Khai and her husband embrace the FI mentality?
  • How does budgeting and saving work for Khai’s family?
  • How do Khai and her husband manage travel with family and work?
  • How does Khai travel the world for $1,600?
  • A layover is less than 24 hours, but a stop over a has much more relaxed time frame.
  • United Airlines had an “excursionist” perk – a free stopover in a city within the same region: Excursionist Perks.
  • Where will Khai go next?
  • What perks still exist with Alaska Air?
  • What does Khai like to see and do when she travels to a new country?
  • Why does Khai like to document her trips on her blog?
  • What are Khai’s favorite experiences from her travels?
  • Khai met her husband during an exchange program to the US.
  • What advice does Khai have with regard to keeping life balanced?
  • Gratitude: “when we focus on appreciating and being content with what we have in life, it helps us to focus on what's truly important.”
  • “The fact that we can even dream about FI, and a good chance to make it a reality is a great privilege that we should be thankful for.”

 

Links mentioned in the show:

MadFIentist

The Lifetime Table

Khai's favorite T-Shirt

Cost of Living Comparison Calculator

 

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