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How this man went from unemployment to early retirement in the Caribbean

·4 min read
How this man went from unemployment to early retirement in the Caribbean

“I’m having the time of my life,” Mike Whalen beams, when I meet him at his restaurant in Ambergris Caye, Belize. In July 2020, at the age of 51, Mike had reached a dire crossroads. Divorced just three years earlier, stressed to the hilt, and taking a regimen of blood pressure meds, Mike decided to take control and chase down happiness, rather than planning for it to happen “one day” down the road.