Nomads Retire on FIRE 2019

A 3 day unconference for nomads and freelancers that want to plan their financial independence and improve their retirement strategies -- in the mountains, excellent connections and the best way to learn from the speakers and other participants.


17th to 19th May 2019 - the whole weekend


Coworking Bansko
A home for nomads, freelancers and location independent entrepreneurs

Limit to 30 tickets, get one before they are gone!

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For three days,
we will share best practices and experiences around retirement planning, building passive income and improving financial independence.

Regardless if you are just starting your freelance/nomad business or if you are already close to retirement, most of us deal with the same topics again and again like: How do I prepare for the future? What should I do when I get sick? Optimizing taxes for location independent businesses. How to save and invest for the futute? And many other questions that keep us awake at night.

At Nomads Retire on FIRE 2019 we discuss these and other topics with others and learn from each other how to deal with the ever changing demands of running a successful space.

Our event is a mix of formal and informal sessions that are driven by participants, best practice examples and presentations. Of course there will also be plenty of time to connect with the participants on a personal level and have fun together in the inspiring mountain resort of Bansko.

FIRE - Financial Independence Retire Early

In a world in which many are working longer and longer, FIRE is a movement to retire in your 40s – or even sooner. Practitioners follow Mr. Money Mustache idea to live on 4% of their savings.

The 4 Hour Work Week

Design a lifestyle that balances work and play through entrepreneurship. Don't defer your life plans after retirement but rather start a mini retirement right now!

Investment Strategies

Where should you put your hard earned money to generate reasonable returns?


We cover all aspects of financial planning for retirement and independencece

passive income opportunities

tax optimization

retirement planning

health insurance and social security

frugal living without sacrife

investment strategies

geo arbitrage opportunities

optimal countries for residency

Event Schedule

packed with high quality and lots of fun


The coworking space opens

Coffee and small snacks available.

09:00 - 17:00

Coworking Jelly

get to know early arrivals and enjoy the coworking space

After 11:00

Checkin for your accommodation

Guesthouse Tipic and Pri Ani
Drop off your bags at the guesthouse and maybe have a quick shower after your travels (map)

13:00 - 15:00

Lunch Break (optional; pay at restaurant)

Beautiful day, let's drive up the mountain for a sunny afternoon lunch. Or just get a pizza in town. Will depend on who is here already and wants to do what.

15:00 - 18:00

Meaningful Gaming: CASHFLOW

Let's play a round of CASHFLOW - Rich Dad Investing Board Game by Robert Kiyosaki: This game is the ultimate realization of Robert's vision of an interactive tool for financial education, and the fulfillment of his belief that we learn best by doing. Put your financial skills to the test and learn how to escape the rat race right in the comfort of your own home.

18:00 - 18:20

Welcome to Nomads Retire on FIRE 2019

Who is in the room? Let's get to know the other participants by sharing 3 hashtags that describe us.

18:20 - 18:45

Keynote: Bobby Casey

Business Structure and Residency in the CRS World


Traditional Dinner at Banski Han

We will share an amazing meal in a traditional Bansko mehana (restaurant).

08:00 - 09:00

Coffee & Snacks at the Family Cafe (on the corner)

09:00 - 09:30

Presentation: Conor Walsh

Investing and Mental Health

09:30 - 10:30

Session Planning

Share and learn. Exact session schedule to be confirmed during session planning
The unconference format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.

At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda. No session will be voted off or ‘won’t happen’ for some other reason. All sessions are welcome.

The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal:

From the well thought out pre-prepared talk reflecting years of research and practice to the spur of the moment ‘new idea’ that would be fun to talk about.
From the demonstration of a working tool to the whiteboarding of something completely new.

If this is your first unconference: Here is a great overview of the format: Unconferences: How to Tap into the Power Of Your People

10:30 - 13:30

Unconference Sessions

6 session slots to share, discuss and learn about topics that interest you.


Lunch at Steve's Pub

Quick lunch closer to the mountain to recharge our energy levels.

15:00 - 18:00

Unconference Sessions

6 additional slots to share, discuss and learn about topics that interest you.

18:00 - 18:30

Wrap up, feedback and learnings

Quick summary of the other sessions that you didnt attend.


BBQ on our Patio

We will prepare a feast outside the coworking space. If it rains we will go to a nice restaurant.


Coffee & Snacks

10:00 - 11:30

Panel: Ask Us Anything about having a base in Bansko

We will answer all questions about residency, taxes and incorporation in Bansko. Including how to buy an apartment for only €10k and why 25+ nomads moved to our little village in the last two years.

11:45 - 12:15

Keynote: Mandy Moore

Insights from this weekend


Lunch at Oreha

A traditional mehana in the center and a favorite of our members

14:00 - 17:00

(Optional) Quick Mountain Hike

Bansko is surrounded by three massive mountain ranges: Rila, Rhodope and Pirin. We will take you up one of these mountains for an easy hike and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Please bring suitable hiking shoes. We might change the program to a shorter hike depending on when most people are leaving.

18:00 - 20:00

Relax in the natural hot springs of Banya (optional; entry ~10 lev)

If you are still in Bansko at the end of the weekend, then we will invite you to join the organizer team to soak in the nearby hot springs. A great way to recover some energy.

20:00 - 22:00

Movie night: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey.

Program is subject to change. All meals include water and table wine. Breakfast includes regular coffee. If you order anything else, please pay directly at the restaurants.

Why is this event for you? Have you been at an unconference before?

Plan for the future

What do other nomads and freelancers do to achieve financial independence? Often it is not only about how much you earn, but how you invest your earnings for future growth.

Find new ways of thinking and problem-solving

Having your own business is great, but one of the disadvantages is that it is often hard to maintain a healthy work life balance. Together we will be able to gain new perspectives and insights.

Networking opportunities

Unlock partnership opportunities with other nomads and freelancers. At Nomads Retire on FIRE you will be able to meet them.

Be efficient

You will learn about tools and services that make it easier to to implement financial strategies. Using best practices and and having the right processes in place often makes a big difference for long-term success.

The Sisters have described their experience at one of our past unconferences on their blog.
Check it out if you are still undecided: What’s an unconference and why you totally need it in your life.

ShapeStyle made an awesome video from another unconference we hosted to get an idea of the atmosphere here:

Pricing & Registration

Only 30 available seats Get your conference tickets early.

We <3 to travel and to read about other people exploring amazing destinations, this is why we invite you to meet other bloggers to network and share experiences to our home in Bansko. We like to make meaningful connections during our events and this gets harder if there are to many people, so please register early to ensure that you have a ticket before all seats are taken.

Amazing experience guaranteed! If you feel for any reason that this event didn't live up to your expectations, we will refund your ticket - no questions asked.

Everyone is welcome - if money is tight please message us and we will find a way to make it easier to attend!

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If you like to extend your stay in Bansko for a week, we are happy to provide a special coworking & accommodation package for €100 (guesthouse) or stay a whole month for €300.
Please msg us after registration and we will set you up :-)

If you would like to attend the event, but money is an issue, please message Cvetelina for a volunteer ticket.

There are no refunds, but you can request a name change for your ticket. We have a code of conduct and an anti-harrassment policy. So far nobody violated it at any of our events and we aim to keep it that way.


Online Ticket before May 14th

Get a ticket online and save a little. It includes the unconference, tasty food (2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner) and 2 nights shared accommodation in a nearby guesthouse. Single room upgrade €25. Extra Night: €15


Regular Ticket at the door

A good value for everyone. It includes the unconference, tasty food (2x breakfast, 2xlunch, 2x dinner) and 2 nights shared accommodation in a nearby guesthouse. Single room upgrade €25. Single room upgrade €25. Extra Night: €15


Comfort Ticket

Stay in a nice hotel: It includes the unconference, tasty food (2x morning snacks, 2xlunch, 2x dinner) and a single room in a nearby 4* boutique hotel. Extra Night: €50


Local Ticket

If you do not need accommodation.
It includes the unconference and lots of tasty food (2x morning snacks, 2xlunch, 2x dinner)

Sponsors & Media Partners

Interested in becoming a sponsor or to present? Get in touch

Location and Venue

area full of great hotels and restaurants.

Spend three inspiring days in the Bansko, the mountain capital of the Balkans. This cozy village is full of history, large mountains and a growing community of location independent freelancers and entrepreneurs.


Coworking Bansko

Toma Vishanov 2 & 6

Bansko, 2770 - Bulgaria


We will book a (shared) room for you in a nearby local guest house or hotel depending on your choice:

Additional details

We will be in touch with you after registration to coordinate your arrival, deal with any room preferences or upgrades and answer any questions you might have. There is also a private Facebook group for everyone that you will get access to.

Also if you want to stay longer, either before or after the conference, we can recommend suitable accommodation.

To get to Bansko, please check Ryanair and Wizzair for cheap flight to Sofia. Hoppa offers easy airport transfers and there is also a public bus from Sofia

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