I happy to announce that this is the first post of a blogger interview series. I visit so many sites on a daily basis, that I feel like I already know many of you. But, I really only know your investment strategies, stock portfolios, and monthly dividend income totals. In this blogger interview series I asked 20 questions, most of them are more personal. I really want to know more about these people who I interact with through blog comments. The first blogger interviewed is Sabeel from Roadmap 2 Retire. I’m a huge fan of his blog. R2R is a consistent blogger, regularly writing new posts every few days.
20 Questions with Roadmap 2 Retire
Where do you live?
What are your hobbies?
Jiu Jitsu (although I am now on a sabbatical for the past six months due to injuries and busier family life), soccer, blogging/writing.
Which countries or major cities have you lived in or traveled to?
Lived in India and Canada. Traveled to US, UK, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, UAE, Turkey, Mexico.
Which sports or teams are your favorites?
I follow Formula 1 on a regular basis. Fav teams are Ferrari and Red Bull. Kimi Raikkonen FTW! 🙂
Also follow soccer, but on and off. More closely when there are big tournaments such as World Cup or Euro or Champions League. Fav team: FC Barcelona.
What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Iceland road trip. A buddy and I decided to take advantage of the financial crash in 2008/2009 and the collapsed Icelandic Krona to travel there. We ended up staying in Reykjavik for a couple of days and then drove across the country – stopping at every little town, camping, hiking, using the hot springs/lagoons. Hands down the best traveling experience in a truly spectacular region of the world — which at times seemed like we were on a different planet.
When you were a child, what profession did you want to be?
Travel writer. I’ve always been obsessed with languages, cultures and geographies and wanted to explore the world and learn about it. When I first learned that there are people who do it for a living, it seemed like a dream job to me.
What is your career today?
What is your primary motivation to reach financial independence and
Family. Although our focus has not been to take the route to penny pinch in order to retire early (we intend to enjoy each stage of our lives and live comfortably), once retired my wife and I intend to spend time enjoying each others company and focus on our kids.
At what age are you planning on retiring?
Don’t have a specific date. I have a few short and medium term goals, but don’t have a target date for FI yet.
What’s the first thing you’ll do when you retire?
Kick back, relax and have a drink 🙂
If money were no object, but you had to have a job what would you do
for a living?
Travel writer (discussed above)
If you could go back in time, what investment advice would you give
to your past self?
Pay attention to the fees. I invested using mutual funds and exorbitant fees for a few years when I first started. Luckily, I learned that the 3-4% MER fees were too expensive and there were new products beginning to gain some media attention called ETFs — which achieve the same without the high fees.
If you could only use one metric to evaluate a stock, which one would
I don’t think there is one metric that can be used to evaluate stock. If everything could be boiled down to one single number, investing would be easy. The reality is that investing in a company is a multifaceted aspect and there a hundreds of things to consider – both from a qualitative and quantitative standpoint.
How do you stay the course when markets are down?
I do not focus on my day-to-day, month-to-month, or quarter-to-quarter portfolio size. The unrealized gains mean exactly that — its ‘unrealized’. My focus is that my income (dividend and other passive sources) grows on a regular basis.
What’s your favorite aspect of blogging?
Lots of things. The main attraction for me is that I just enjoy it — it’s a hobby for me and I get to improve my writing skills. In addition, I get to share my experiences so that others can learn and avoid the mistakes I made. I also love the fact that I have the independence to blog when and where I want to — the flexibility of time and location is huge and its no wonder that many part-time bloggers have turned into professional-bloggers. It’s a fantastic low-risk business endeavor for anyone.
Why should people read your blog?
With my blog, I share my take on the investing world — which I hope is unique in some sense, as everyone has a different vantage point. I share my own personal journey towards retirement — building my passive income one dollar at a time. As with anyone, I make mistakes and I’m hoping that sharing my journey can be a learning experience for others.
What’s your best source of traffic to your blog?
Why do you blog?
Already shared it above 🙂
Sabeel is very active on social media. If you don’t follow Sabeel, I suggest doing so. Here are links to Sabeel’s social pages:
I hope you enjoyed getting to know more about Roadmap 2 Retire. I learned that Sabeel and I are both fans of F1 Racing and we both like the same two teams. Be on the lookout for my next blogger interview with Amber Tree Leaves.