“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
We have been reading blogs about life on the road, talking to travel bloggers with children, watching Netflix travel programmes made by full-time travel bloggers – and all the while wanting desperately to change our lives.
But there is something holding us back, so many reasons not to go. A sense of security. Two “amazing” jobs. A pension plan. School. A community. Family.
So the question is – do we buy an RV, take the kids out of school, and hit the road, or do we do the “sensible” thing and wait until they leave school – then hubby and I can travel to our hearts’ content? BUT – so far none of our parents has managed to make it to retirement, so why plan for retirement? Wouldn’t it be better to get out there and live NOW?
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
The pros of a nomadic life:
- An opportunity to connect with my children. We have travelled before and seen amazing things – and the highlight of it all – spending 24/7 with my children. It doesn’t matter where in the world we are, if we are together, we are family and we are happy.
- Getting rid of the chaos. Our lives are currently in chaos. We both have management positions, we both work long hours and travel. We “tag-team” parent. I have breakfast meetings and evening presentations and networking. We both bring the stress home. You could say we are role models for successful careers – but to be honest this isn’t the role model I ever wanted to be.
- Education. We have taken the children out of school for extended periods to travel before, it didn’t impact on their education at all. In reality, they learnt more, with real-life experiences about different cultures, history, nature, wildlife, and social skills.
- Personal growth. We all need to get out of our “comfort zones” to grow. And it is an opportunity for our children to grow into adults – away from teenage peer pressure and first world problems, an opportunity for them to form their views about life while surrounded by different cultures, and people that are less fortunate than them.
- Seeing the world. No explanation needed.
“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” — Mohammed
At the end of the day, I am an Accountant. I am trained not to take risks. And leaving everything we know, and everything we have worked for is a very big risk.
This is something we have been considering very carefully for the last five or so years. I thought we had passed our opportunity, that Miss T is too old to live a life on the road – she is a teenager next week! They like their own space, their own friends. Her list of “likes” doesn’t generally include having her little sister and parents living in close proximity on a full-time basis.
So I have also outlined my list of pros:
- Taking our children away from everything they know. At an age when they should be forming friendships that will last them a lifetime.
- Funding. My career is not easily transportable (rules are different in different countries, and there isn’t really much need for a freelance Accountant). My blog certainly is not a commercial product. Hubby may have more luck finding some work overseas, and we have a small income from rental properties. But we wouldn’t be able to travel unless we sell our house OR hubby can work remotely.
- Leaving our house. I know it is just a “thing” but it isn’t just a house we can buy and live in – it is one we bought a long time ago, we have spent years renovating it to exactly what we want and what works with us as a family, we love the neighbours, and the girls have grown up here. We don’t want to sell it.
- I almost forgot – giving up my amazing job!!! I have a successful career, bosses who support me, I work with amazing people whom I love, and I get to help people. But my heart just hasn’t been in it since we got back from our last big adventure.
So where to from here?
Well, we are having a few conversations. We will let you know how we go…