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What 8 people wish they'd known before retiring in their 20s and 30s

Business Insider Logo By Hillary Hoffower of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 9: Early retirement may sound like a dream life, but there's more to it than meets the eye.Real people who retired early shared with Business Insider the things they wish they knew before retiring in their 20s or 30s.Some wished they retired even earlier and others hoped they were more prepared to face criticism from friends, family, and people online.Early retirement sounds like a dream. Not waiting until your sixties to escape the daily grind? Traveling the world with no end in sight? Sign us up. But clocking out for good comes with some challenges beyond simply saving enough money to get there - like that people may criticize you for taking an early retirement or that it might take a while to relax after retiring early. There's also a mindset shift you may need to make when you're no longer working toward a huge financial goal. Some of these realizations don't hit until you're well into the early retirement game, spending your days leisurely, traveling throughout Europe for months on end, or blogging about your new lifestyle with a mountain view before you. From the good to the bad, real people who managed to retire early share what they wish they knew before embarking on early retirement.

  • Early retirement may sound like a dream life, but there's more to it than meets the eye.
  • Real people who retired early shared with Business Insider the things they wish they would have known before retiring in their 20s or 30s.
  • Some wished they had retired even earlier, while others wished they would have been more prepared to face criticism from friends, family, and people online.
  • Early retirement sounds like a dream. Not waiting until your 60s to escape the daily grind? Traveling the world with no end in sight? Sign us up.

    But clocking out for good comes with some challenges beyond simply saving enough money to get there - for example, people may criticize you for retiring early, or it might take a while to relax afterward. There's also a mindset shift you may need to make when you're no longer working toward a huge financial goal.

    Some of these realizations don't hit until you're well into the early-retirement game, spending your days leisurely, traveling throughout Europe for months on end, or blogging about your new lifestyle with a mountain view before you.

    From the good to the bad, real people who managed to retire early shared with Business Insider what they wish they would have known before embarking on early retirement.

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