The Decision

The big tripAfter nearly 14 years of running our multi award winning B&B we have decided it is time for a change. For a new adventure. And that adventure involves unpicking our lives, selling our home and business, and travelling. Travelling like we have never travelled before.

Approaching mid 50s in my case and tumbling down the other side of 60 in James’ case, we want to do the big trip before we get stuck so firmly in our comfortable safe rut we do not want to move. We thought two or three overseas holidays a year were enough to satisfy our wanderlust. They aren’t. We appreciate by jumping off the money earning treadmill we may not be able to afford the oceanview penthouse in the retirement home; we may have to settle for the garden view villa, we are prepared for that. What we are not prepared for is to live with regrets, the “I wish we had’s”. We want to make memories whilst we are still young enough, well enough and mad enough to embark upon the big trip!

So what comprises the big trip? It will be a variety of things. Maybe a spot of housesitting in Chang Mai,  perhaps mind a B&B in Canada for friends, walk the Camino de Santiago, rent a place on the Cambodian riviera for a couple of months to catch our breath. We are keeping our options and our minds open.

Through my writing I am going to take you on the journey with us. From the initial dismantling of our rural B&B life and all that it entails, to the realisation of our goal. There have already been tears, no tantrums as yet but it is still early days and who knows what’s to come!

So welcome to our story of the big trip. I hope you are well strapped in, it promises to be quite a ride!

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17 Responses to The Decision

  1. Melissa @ All Around Oz March 7, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    That sounds so exciting for you both….can’t wait to read of your new adventures.

    • Suzannah March 7, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

      Thanks Melissa, needless to say we are both very excited about it!

  2. Kathy Marris March 7, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

    It sounds exciting. I’m addicted to travel too but look forward to coming home each time. I wonder why at times because I’m only home for a few months and then I want to travel again! Best of luck on your new adventure.

    • Suzannah March 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

      I used to be the same Kathy, but knew I was in strife a week after getting home from Cambodia I was ready to head off again!

  3. Kaili Parker-Price March 7, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    Great decision! Make the most of it. Whether it turns out to be right or wrong for you, that’s hindsight, and if we all worried about that it would be boring. Safe and happy travels.

    • Suzannah March 7, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

      Thanks Kaili, it is going to be quite a ride!

  4. Toria March 7, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

    So exciting – looking forward to seeing you when you pass by UK shores. xxx

  5. Kate Hunter March 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

    Great decision I would do the same if I could Much love to you to you both

  6. Annabel Dixon March 10, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    I’ve only just seen this…. How very, very exciting for you both… I hope the world makes you lots of exciting treats to enjoy x

    • Suzannah March 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks Annabel, watching you and Pete is cavorting around Thailand is making us very impatient to head off!

  7. Graham March 25, 2017 at 5:36 am #

    Wow. Is it really 14 years. We still talk about you guys and The Missing Link. So excited for you both. Best wishes. As ever Graham.
    Tell James I still have a copy of the brochure he created for me nearly 20 years ago!

    • Suzannah March 25, 2017 at 6:07 am #

      Lovely to hear from you Graham! I will let James know and when we are over your way we will have to look you up and have a skip down memory lane!

  8. Jennifer Johnston September 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    Oh I love reading stories like this – you are doing what you want at the time that feels right. I love reading all your ideas – especially a place on the Cambodian riviera for a few months – that just sounds like bliss. I look forward to reading more of your adventures.


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