Most North Americans will be familiar with this plaintive question from the back seat occupants signalling that they are ready to get there – wherever there may be. For Anne and I, it seems like it’s taking a very long time to even get started on our journey. As we head into 2016 I’m finding myself asking that very same question more and more often.
When we first realized that we needed a significant change in our lives we searched for what that change might look like and how we could make it a reality. Then as our vision started to take shape, we waited for retirement and worked hard to come up with a financial strategy to make it happen, although not in that particular order. Now I’m retired and waiting patiently for Anne to finish work at the end of March.
It seems to me that everyone around us is getting tired of hearing us talk about our plans and I can’t say that I blame them. These are our own personal dreams and they don’t necessarily match those of others. Some people are skeptical, some are outright envious, others feel we are selfish, however there are many that are very happy for us and hope that we find the fulfillment we are seeking. Regardless of the opinions of others this is what we need to do for ourselves. Who we will become as we move forward remains to be seen but we are certain that we will both be better for it.
On the practical side we have been very busy with the final preparations for an extended nomadic lifestyle. Selling or giving away nearly everything has been a very liberating experience. Working through the logistical arrangements for insurance, finances, mail, documentation etc. has taken a lot of time and research and occupies much of my day right now. We have learned so much from the amazing community of travel bloggers which has helped immensely. A heartfelt thanks to you all for sharing your perspectives, your experience and for your fascinating stories.
We have listened carefully to the advice we have been given to not over plan, to make sure we have the flexibility to respond to advice and opportunities along the way. We have set up profiles on two house sitting sites and were thrilled to secure our first assignment this fall in England through TrustedHousesitters.
As things stand right now we are going to Costa Rica in April for a few months while we continue to wait (more patience required) for our house to sell. We are not certain about the summer as we may need to come back to Nova Scotia to finalize the sale of our house and car. We are living in a very empty house right now. In September we will head to England where we want to fulfill one of our bucket list experiences of attending a Premier League soccer match.
After our house sit ends in early October we are going to head towards the Mediterranean, most likely to Italy by train. We love train travel and this will fulfill another of our dreams – to travel through the European Alps. Three months within the Schengen countries will exhaust our visas so it will be time to move along for the winter. It is totally unclear where we will be but you can be (almost) certain that it will involve sun and sand.
Of course in the true spirit of the adventure that we’re embarking on much of this may change – but that’s quite all right with us.
Thanks for stopping by.
by Tim (with plenty of ideas from Anne)