Are We There Yet? Practicing Patience.


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.

Iguana's view from Castle

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.


Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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)


About Tim & Anne Hall

We sold almost all of our belongings and left our home in Nova Scotia in April 2016 to experience as much of the world as we could. We spent over a year slow traveling in Latin America and Europe, and are now living happily in the Portuguese Algarve, Portimao to be specific. We are gradually chnging the focus of our site to feature images of Portugal. Stay tuned - its a work in progress.
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8 Responses to Are We There Yet? Practicing Patience.

  1. Angie says:

    Things happen only when they are supposed to happen so rest assured, you are right ‘on time’. Our body/mind/spirit knows when to put the next foot down or ahead and then the next and then the next…traveling by train is my personal favorite mode of travel (as well as bicycle, foot and boat). I look forward to your blog entries…anything bird, food, architecture, flora, people/culture, art/artisans, topography are my interests 😉

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    • timannehall says:

      Thanks for your support Angie. We’re just anxious to get started as there is so much out there we want to experience. Your suggestions are great and align well with our own interests. Anne is going to start a page on gluten free travel and of course there will be plenty of birds. Cheers. Tim & Anne


  2. Liz Murphy. says:

    What you are doing and what you will see and experience will be amazing. Follow your dreams and don’t forget to take us with you by sharing.


  3. Oh, I can so remember the waiting and waiting and … When we first decided to become full-time travelers in August of 2011 Richard (cautious) thought it might take TWO years to prep although I, in my typical impetuous fashion, thought we might be able to do it in 2 weeks to 2 months! One year later we were GONE. It also surprised us how much resistance we got from family and friends with some predicting we’d regret giving everything up, others seeing lurking dangers, some skeptical or envious and only a few wholeheartedly supporting the idea that an adventure and change of lifestyle at any age could be worthwhile. And now, as more boomers reach retirement age, the numbers of nomadic retirees will keep growing. Just think of yourselves at the forefront of a lifestyle movement! Anita

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  4. timannehall says:

    We’ll be about a year as well from the time we first realized that we could do it. It could have been shortened but I’m kind of procrastinating a bit while Anne is still working. The down side is that I have too much time to plan. It seems as if there is a large community of nomadic retirees already out there but perhaps it;s just because we have been seeking them out. All the best, Tim & Anne


  5. Ah yes, I do remember what it was like in the beginning when we were in the process of selling everything and organizing the logistics of living without a home. We’ve been intentionally homeless for four plus years now and can’t imagine living any other way. You’ll will be completely amazed by how fabulous it is! Your plans for the coming year sound great! Some people think you’re selfish for doing this? Weird.
    Good luck with all your plans, and happy travels,

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    • timannehall says:

      Thanks again Alison. You guys are very inspirational to us both and we are gradually getting caught up on all of your posts. We’re both just getting excited and want to get started – patience however.

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