On 15th September 2017 we completed on our property sale and started our nomadic adventure. And what a lot of ground we have covered since then. Both mentally and physically. I honestly didn’t know how I was going to go, not having the security of a home to return to. So far so good, I am relishing the freedom, lack of worry and my new peripatetic life.
We are starting our journey in Australia, seeing a bit more of our backyard. The highlights so far have been many. Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge on my 55th Birthday was the biggie. Next was spending some really good time with old school pals I haven’t had more than the odd dinner with in 37 years. Enjoying some fantastic, and some punishing, walks in the Blue Mountains and the Dandenong Ranges, and overdosing on glorious southern Australian spring gardens.
Smaller personal triumphs have been mastering cooking in other people’s kitchens. Especially I might add where microwaves are concerned. Yup, we are low tech bunnies, James and I. Our home cooking is the biggest thing we miss when travelling. On the flight home from Alaska we had composed not only a menu, but a shopping list for our first meal. What’s that? sad, yes sir we put our hands up to that! But we all miss something when we travel and lack of home cooking is our Achilles heel.
Next on our priorities list was finding our feet as house sitters. We had always thought it sounded a good way to travel. And four sits in we are loving it. Learning the quirks of the different animals (and houses!), James has even grown into quite a cat lover. I have mastered fighting fish, gold fish, hermit crabs and I am just hanging out for the pygmy bearded dragons on a New Year sit! And don’t start me on the adorable dogs I have met along the way.
Then of course there is the five-letter-word money. We have not won the lottery (but I keep trying), so we have to budget. Our financial planner reckons the amount we have ear-marked to travel will last us a year. We reckon it will be more like two or three. So the challenge is on to prove Laurence wrong!
We plan to wind our way slowly back to Queensland in the New Year. Visit our storage unit and drop off some bits, sell our faithful old RAV4 and then head overseas. Well that is the mud map but it could change. That is the beauty of this new life.