FIRE Escape – January 2017

I’m now 6 weeks into my new lifestyle in Cambridge and it’s been bloody marvellous so far! I’ve settled in very quickly and it already feels like home. There are a couple of things I miss from moving down here. Both of which are simple, yet important to my existence:

  1. Broadband
  2. Friends
Ahh, broadband. Those were the days. I could turn on my computer in my office and search the web, conduct business and download films I shouldn’t. Our home, as of yesterday, had a phoneline installed. Praise the Lord! Our router is finally on it’s way, and I’m hoping to be able to use broadband (the Opty Fiber one too) in the next 1-2 weeks. I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed it!

Lou’s aunt has been lovely, and allowed me to use hers as much as I’ve wanted. This has allowed me to take care of basic business needs, but not progress in my normal manner. Despite the generous offer, using someone else’s stuff like this just doesn’t sit well with me. I like to sort myself out and moan about it instead. I’m writing this wedged at the corner of my home, barely tapping into the intermittent wifi whilst not leaving the house. 

I also miss my buddies. I used to organise the monthly ‘Man-Time’ with my friends back in Herefordshire. I’m yet to branch out on my own down here and join local clubs/associations, but I think I’m at that time now. I plan on joining a range of clubs within my interests based around MMA, fitness/weightlifting, poker, and perhaps a group for entrepreneurs/FIRE to meet some like minded people. 

Speaking of which…

FIRE Escape 2017

I didn’t organise an autumn FIRE Escape due to it conflicting with my house move. Now we’re settled, I think it’s time to get it up and running again. I’ve been quiet on the blogging scene this year, but I still get people asking me about these meet ups. It seems like they generate a lot of interest. 

Are you interested?

For now, I’d like to get the feelers out there and see if this is worth me organising. I was thinking of setting one up in the New Year to kick start 2017 and go from there. 

Date = TBC
Location = TBC

I was initially thinking mid-Jan, as the first week or so can be difficult. We’ve previously ran it for Fri-Sun and it works quite well. Some people like and Lou stop the entire weekend, whilst others stop by for 4-6 hours to say hello and then go home. It’s totally up to you. 

I’ll try to keep the cost around the same as Gaer Hall = £600 for the weekend. This results in people paying approx £60 for 2 nights, £30 for 1 night and £20-£30 contribution (negotiable) for day guests.

I’ll try to select a location that’s central in England to reduce overall travel costs. The cost will depend on the amount of people attending, and the amount of people stopping over. 

The building we hire will go down to the numbers, and that’s where you come in. If you’re interested in coming along to meet some like-minded people, can you leave a comment in this post expressing that you’re interested and answer the following questions for me?:

  1. Who be attending with you? (eg. alone, 2 kids or you+1)
  2. Your approx arrival day/time and departure day/time? (eg. Fri-Sun or Sat 1-6pm)
  3. If you’re interested in stopping overnight in the house or not?
Once I’ve got a ball park of numbers and bed requirements, I’ll start searching properties to rent and I can present more accurate costings. 

We usually have 50% attendees that have been before and 50% newbies to the weekend. EVERYONE is welcome. 

Attendees only need to be interested in FIRE = Financial Independence, Retire Early. 

You can be at any stage in your financial journey, it doesn’t matter. We have people attend that are in debt to people that have been retired for multiple years and everything in between. 

I think it’s worth also asking those of you that have attended the FIRE Escapes before to share your opinions of it. It can sound a little cultish or weird to people that haven’t been before. So, can you share your experience. It might just help encourage someone else to attend. 

Thanks again, and stay tuned!


  • weenie

    Reply Reply 16th December 2016

    Hey Huw

    I'd love to attend to catch up with you and the other guys and gals. However, I won't be returning to the UK until late Jan so unlikely to make it (the last weekend of Jan has already been booked with another engagement). I'll have to wait for the next one, so I hope there is a next one!

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 16th December 2016

    Hey Weenie. Sorry to hear that! It won't be the same without you! With that said you have an exciting January lined up for yourself. If I don't catch you before, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
    Huw & Lou

  • weenie

    Reply Reply 16th December 2016

    Cheers, you too!

  • Martina West

    Reply Reply 17th December 2016

    Hi Huw,
    Glad you like Cambridgeshire and really hope we get to see you around a bit more you live so near us. Poker night sometime?

    I'd love to come again to the escape though Jan is too short notice for us. As Weenie I will be out of country till end of Jan.
    Best wishes for Christmas your new home and hope you got your internet sorted now.

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 18th December 2016

    Hi Martina,
    Poker night…. we're in! 🙂
    Sorry to hear that you can't make it. I will continue to run the weekends, so hopefully you can make the next one.
    M tells me the book is coming along well. Please give me a shout if either of you need any help.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

  • TechnicallyOnFire

    Reply Reply 19th December 2016

    Hi Huw,

    I would be interested in attending, likely to be just me – either Friday evening to Sunday or Saturday morning to Sunday, depending on my work schedule whichever weekend is decided. I'd be happy to stop overnight.

  • Playing with Fire

    Reply Reply 19th December 2016

    Thanks for picking this up Huw. I can do the days of 14/15 Jan and stay over the 20-22 Jan. It's just me.

    Glad you are enjoying Cambridge, please let me know if you find or start any local FIRE groups.

    To anyone who is uncertain about joining strangers off the internet or going alone to a big group: Please do it. I went alone for the first time in York and had an amazing time, the group is totally welcoming!

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 19th December 2016

    Hi TOF,

    Great news! Thank you for putting yourself forward. I know it's a little weird meeting a group of strangers, especially on your own, but we're a great bunch I promise.

    I'll await further confirmations from the rest of the gang, and confirm details as soon as I know who's interested.

    In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

    I look forward to meeting you.


  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 19th December 2016

    You're welcome PWF.

    Yes, Cambridge has been excellent so far. If I find or create any local groups, I'll be sure to let you know.

    Excellent news. Thank you for expressing interest in attending and making it possible for others. I also appreciate you sharing your experience!

    Speak soon


    Reply Reply 24th December 2016

    Hi Huw,

    Happy to hear life in Cambs is treating you well.

    Seeing as the date and location are both TBC I'll have to say my attendance is also TBC 🙂

    Either way we wouldn't be staying over so no worries, will just await for the details and if it's within an easy enough drive to do there and back in a day and we're free I'll let you know!

    The only weekend I know I definitely couldn't do is of the 21st but probably not worth arranging round that as we'd only be day guests anyway.

    If the stars align though I look forward to seeing you all!

    Hope you have a nice xmas break (from what I'm not exactly sure Haha?) and a great start to the new year.

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 27th December 2016

    Hey TFS,

    Thanks for expressing interest, and letting me know your availability. I hope you've enjoyed the Christmas break. We're still a little short to book out a venue at the moment, which is probably down to the lack of notice I provided.

    I hope we're able to get a few more and make it work though. If not, I'll set it a little further into the year and hopefully we'll do better then.

    Have a great New Year!


  • M

    Reply Reply 2nd January 2017

    Definitely interested, but February probably better. No idea if it'd just be for the day or whatever, also probably just me this time, although if it's in February Martina would probably come along.

  • Organised Redhead

    Reply Reply 3rd January 2017

    Hi Huw,

    For some reason I've had a failure in getting notifications of your new posts so I've only read your recent 2 posts today. Glad to hear you're settling nicely into your new home – and I feel your pain about being without broadband…we had to wait about a month when we moved last year and it was torture. Let's just say my mobile data took a beating during that month!

    I'm definitely keen to attend the FIRE escape – I really enjoyed the last one and got so much value from it. The only weekend I can't make in January is 20-22nd Jan. I'd be up for coming for the full weekend and staying over – just me though, I still haven't quite managed to convince Mr. OR to get into the FIRE pursuit challenge (yet)! Looking at some of the comments on here, if this ends up moving to February I can currently make all weekends, but would probably opt to avoid the 10-12 Feb by choice.

    Looking forward to hearing more on the FIRE escape plans, and about your new lifestyle, business ventures and investments!


  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 5th January 2017

    Hi M,

    Thanks expressing interest. I think you've been to every one now, so it would be a little weird without you there.

    It looks like I was a little optimistic with the fast approaching date. I'll reschedule for late Feb / early Mar. Hopefully, you, Martina, and a few more will be able to make that date.

    Best wishes

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 5th January 2017

    Hi OR,

    I hope you're well! Yes, we've settled in nicely now – outside of having no broadband. Today is the day it's supposed to go live, but the letter indicated it could be midnight…. I'm not holding my breath, but I will be a considerably happier and more productive person when it's up and running.

    Great to hear you're interested in coming along. As I mentioned in the above comment, I think I was a little optimistic in the early date, so I'll scrap the FIRE Escape for Jan, and look towards setting a date in stone for Feb/Mar.

    I hope all is well with you!

    Speak soon

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