The Stuff Roommates Leave Behind

by Mike on February 26, 2015

in Roommate Stories, Updates

The stuff left behind by a roommate

I’m back in my residence in the Northeast welcomed by mounds of snow and an equally sized mound of unopened mail. While I was traveling around Africa, one of my current roommates moved out of the basement room. Normally, I like to be there during the move-in and move-out process to accept or give the […]


by Mike on February 9, 2015

in Updates

The roommate search may be coming to an end. Besides placing an advertisement on craigslist, I asked one of my former colleagues to place an ad on the company’s internal forums. My entrusted roommate, whom I left the roommate search to, received a response from this advertisement. My entrusted roommate showed him the room and […]

I just finished climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro last week and I’m in Zanzibar on the beach relaxing from roughing it on the trek. While I was out of touch from the real world, there were some developments or the lack there of. ROOMMATE SEARCH My roommate search isn’t going exactly to as plan. I left one […]

Renting out Room Lengths

I’ve been renting out my rooms for nearly eight years and over those years, I had 14 different roommates. All those roommates have rented a room for varying lengths of time. On one extreme, someone has rented a room for 43 months while others have rented for as little as three months. I want to […]

I’m writing this post as I’m sitting in the airport in D.C. waiting to board my flight to South Africa where I’ll explore some of the continent and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Needless to say I’ll be in and out of e-mail and phone contact, yet I’ll have a roommate moving out and hopefully a new […]

Some folks have e-mail me asking me if I plan on continuing to blog. The answer is yes. I’m grateful for all the folks that read what I have to say. I think the support and questions I receive are encouragement for me to keep blogging. Back in March I quit my job to travel […]

Here’s a reader question I received a week or so ago: I am somewhat considering this undertaking. By my first question, you may immediately say it is not for me.   However, I like the thought of paying off student loans.   Is there ever an arrangement where you can rent out a room with kitchen privileges, […]

Electric bill for 2013

As most of you know, I left my full-time job to travel in March of this year.   The freedom has been great, but there is still anxiety of taking care of my house while I’m gone. I wrote about some actions that I do, but I’m still fairly limited to what I can do from abroad. One of […]

Sydney Opera House and Harbor Brdige

I left my job to travel full-time and it’s been great.  I spent a little more than 2 months abroad.  During those times, I spent about 2 weeks in South Korea with my cousin and the rest of the time was spent traveling around Australia. The feeling of having freedom is awesome.   Everyday is different […]

Renting Out a Room Builds Credibility

by Mike on May 12, 2014

in Tips


Hello from Down Under! The freedom I have with the absence of a full-time desk job has been great!  Everything is going well with my house as far as I know. My roommates have paid the last two months rent on-time and in-full. I’ve been able to pay all bills electronically. I have some friends, […]