In January 2018, finding ourselves empty-nesters, we started to put the wheels in motion to begin a life of travel, something so many of us dream about.
As a couple, we have spent the last 30 years together; we have raised three beautiful children, had a collection of pets; dogs, cats, fish, birds, worked as professionals in various careers, owned, renovated and sold multiple homes and enjoyed the occasional trip abroad. Our ‘kids’ are now young adults who are finding their own way in the world.
As Dean approached his 50th birthday, he floated the idea of selling up our possessions and travelling. Unbeknownst to me at the time, he had been researching possible destinations of where we could “retire or semi-retire” for a while; looking at things like cost of living, visa requirements as well as being a nice place to live etc
Like a lot of our generation, our priority in early years was getting a “secure job”, buying a home and raising children. There is nothing wrong with that choice, but international travel was rarely a consideration.
It wasn’t until we were in our late 30’s that we had our first overseas trip! A far cry from the adventurous travels and prioritising the bucket list that seems to be the “norm” these days.
When we first started travelling, we would spend months working and saving to go off to our chosen destination for 2 or 3 weeks. We went to some beautiful places, stayed in resorts, did the touring thing, had lots of fun and along the way created amazing memories. But like everyone, each time the holiday would come to an end, we were consumed by dread as we dragged ourselves back to work refreshed but already yearning for the next trip.
During this time, we were able to experience many parts of the world, but it always felt rushed and too short.
But here we are, a few years on from the initial floating of the wild pipe-dream and entering our second year living in Mexico.
And so it begins…