53-year-old early retiree moved his family from the U.S. to Portugal—here's why they're happier than ever

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Trias, who retired in 2011 from his corporate tax lawyer career, lived in Washington, D.C., with his family, where Noki worked as a nurse, and their daughter attended school. Trias, who retired from his corporate tax attorney career in 2011, has been working for himself since retiring. He does real estate and stock investments. Trias says, “I realized that there was only a limited time I could keep up with my 90-hour workweeks.” He continued to save for many years. Alex Tiras

Two days after their Portugal vacation the family began planning to move to Lisbon. Trias decided to stay behind for a few weeks after the family returned home. They had toured several apartments during the trip. It smells like palm trees, mahogany and the ocean when you walk through it. It’s the exact same in Lisbon. I knew that living in such a beautiful place would be amazing. A June report by Moving to Spain named Portugal as the best European country for retirement. The low cost of life makes it one of the most affordable European nations. U.S. citizens who want to retire in Portugal must first apply for a residency visa. The Trias family moved to Portugal with only six checked bags in June 2015. They bought their apartment in Portugal for $533.554. (Not including brokerage commissions and taxes). “

Alex has a habit of writing down in his journal what he plans to do for the day for enjoyment.

“The fact that I can get in the car and 20 minutes later be looking out over the ocean and the mountains is just priceless. “I think that my happiness is a result of my decision to complete unpleasant tasks at the beach,” says he.

“I feel excited to start the day and it reminds me every now and then to remember we live in Portugal.” Noki, who is a freelance writer and investor, has enough time to focus on her health and join a tennis group. Alex, however, keeps himself busy working with investments. The couple goes on dates, and explores new things together like different activities and places around Europe and Portugal.

And now that Evie is in her last year of high school and looking at colleges outside of Portugal, the family is in a transitional period.

“There’s still time to do something else. Trias says that if we wanted to go to Thailand to volunteer at an animal rescue center, it is still possible. I like to believe we have some more chapters in us. Don’t miss: Want to become more successful in your work, money and life?

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