About Marco

I understand the struggle is real.

I am an immigrant from a poor developing country. I wasn't born from money. I was the first person in my family to graduate college, and it took over $40,000 of student loan debt to achieve. My path to Financial Independence was filled with mistakes. I have been homeless. I have been fired. My savings has been wiped out- TWICE.

For me to go from broke to retired early at 41 is a testament that an expat life of financial independence and overseas adventure is within reach of everyone with the right mindset and system.

Quick Facts About Marco Sison

Retired Early at 41

I paid my own way for university, so I didn't graduate until I was 27 years old. I retired 16 years later, which included two US recessions and a failed small business that devastated me financially. 

Trusted Expert

Featured as a Personal Finance and Living Abroad expert in USA Today, U.S. News and World Reports, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, HuffPost, and even an iTunes documentary on Financial Independence.

Graduated $40,000 in Debt

Finished at a Top 10 Business School with four majors and a minor. It took six+ years and $40,000+ of student loans to complete. As with many college grads, I never worked a job in a field that my degree is actually in.         

16+ Years in Finance at some of the biggest companies in the world


What they say on Linkedin

“…One of a select few individuals that has mastery in many disciplines...more importantly, Marco's skill set influence decisions, impact change, and has brought significant value to his business partners.”

Kevon K.


“…great ability to cut through a great deal of information and get to the bottom line...insuring profit margins were maintained. He handled complex contract negotiations and insured that the essence of what the company's needs were met…”

David V.


“…outstanding leadership qualities, managing with facts and data and decision making with truth and wisdom...excels at contract negotiating and bringing both parties together to secure the deal. He is a strategic planner, an out of the box thinker...exceptional mentor...“

Patrick P.


“Marco brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the corporate environment and is happy to roll up his sleeves and tackle any problem his is given. His varied background - finance, marketing, sales - made Marco a great go-to for multi-functional team challenges...”

Dave F.


My Journey To Financial Independence

I started by following the traditional path to a “Good Life.” I did everything by the book. I connected all the dots. I was on the Dean’s List at a competitive Top 10 university and graduated with 4 Majors (Information Systems, Accounting, International Business, and Operations Management) and a Minor (Speech Communication). Immediately after graduation, I was behind a desk grinding 70 hours a week at Fortune 50 companies. 

I should have been ecstatic with my progress to a “Good Life”. But I was not. I had many peers who did most of the same things that I did. Many are still being crushed by student loans and drowning in auto and mortgage debt in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Many people follow this typical corporate rat race life and yet can’t retire comfortably by 60 or even 70. Do YOU want to continue working 50, 60, or 70 hours a week so that you *might* be able to retire when you are 65? I didn't. Still don't. I wanted a life. I wanted to experience the world. I envied reading about vagabond backpackers who traveled to distant lands and were checking experiences off their bucket lists.

A friend introduced me to the concept of Passive Income. I decided to embrace it wholehearted. I started my passive income investment. I sold all my stocks, cashed in my options, borrowed money from my family, and took out a home equity loan to open my first business: Chopperz- the Barbershop Reinvented.

And I FAILED SPECTACULARLY. I invested, sank, and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. I was in massive debt and emotionally drained. I lost pretty close to everything: my savings, my health, my relationship, and my self-esteem. 

I have recovered. There is nothing magical about it. There is nothing exceptional about me. I know many people (physicians, lawyers, executives, etc.) who made far more money than me but are nowhere near where I am financially. I am an average guy, who just worked hard, prioritized a Job Optional life, and was able to recover. Living a Nomadic FIRE lifestyle and leveraging Geographic Arbitrage are what allowed me to save and eventually Retire Early. 

My story isn’t about extreme savings either. Nomadic FIRE is not about pinching pennies and clipping coupons. Before I made it to a Job Optional life, I traveled the world, had hobbies like snowboarding and surfing, attended major parties and festivals around the world like Carnival, Mardi Gras, and the Full Moon Party.

What makes my situation so much different than others? How did I position myself to make a Job Optional? It took me time and a ton of hard work, but I finally learned how to reach Financial Independence realistically. I didn't "get rich quick." It was a process. It was not easy, but it is actually much simpler than you think. I’m certainly not super-rich, but my lifestyle has changed dramatically.

Nomadic FIRE is where I share with you the entire story. Explain the systems and tips. I provide the knowledge and tools showing how a Job Optional life and Early Retirement is possible. 

FAQs: About Marco

Who is Marco Sison?

That's me. I'm Marco Sison.

  • International Wanderer
  • Perpetual Expat
  • Financially Independent Retired Early
  • Traveling the world in search of the best dessert.

You can check out my Press and Media page.

When did Marco Retire?

Retired in 2014 at 41 years old. Have been traveling around the world to 50+ countries since. 

What did Marco Do Before He Retired?

I sold helicopters, extremely large helicopters that could lift over 10 metric tons. They were called Aircranes. I also worked for Fortune 50 companies, start-ups, and owned a men's groom lounge. You may have seen me on a few TV shows and a couple of Hollywood movies.

How can I Contact Marco?

Email, WhatsApp, or smoke signals. You can find all the details on my contact page.

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