It’s decision time, do we head home as planned in August or do we indulge in a second year of travels?
We left the UK last year with a vague plan to make it up as we went along, to sample different experiences, spend time together and see what works for us. Ten and a half months have flown by and we have taken twice as long as anticipated to get where we are today, mainly due to regular down time, much needed with 3 youngsters, and spending longer in places we have really liked (there have been plenty!). Our plan is working as designed or perhaps I should say not designed?
Can we do another year? There is no shortage of places to visit and amazing things to do. Financially we can find the cash, maybe we will have to retire later or work harder when we get back, and if needed live very cheaply while away. Educationally we are getting into the groove with home schooling and they are still at the age where catching up and reintegrating should not be a problem.
Basically we have the opportunity, should we take it? It is said that you regret what you haven’t done the most and on a personal note I have often posed the question to myself of “where would I rather be or what else would I prefer to be doing?” and I don’t think anything beats the times we are having together.
So yes, as you probably guessed from the intro, we are returning home in summer 2014 after 2 years away.
And what about a third or fourth year? Perhaps but unlikely, home, family and friends are in Blighty and there is a lot to be said for your own bed, traditional schooling and Marmite. Plus we can only let our house for 2 years thanks to our ‘flexible’ mortgage and I just don’t see us getting a new mortgage that easily. I can see the application now – Occupation: Vagabond, Address: Changes weekly, Income: What’s that?
To everyone that is missing us, we are also missing you. There is a solution, you can visit us :). I am sure the next year will pass in a flash and little will have changed when we return!