In July I wrote a blog for Globalicious Magazine about our roadtrip. Here you find the english translation of the blog.
This month brings the day, we are starting our world trip. We do not know yet where too exact or for how long. We have arranged what we had to arrange (to the best of our ability) and we are on our way. With a Volkswagen van and a pimped tent trailer. Looking for our new destination.
Now or never?
After five years in Switzerland it was time for something else. We had a good time in Switzerland but would like to see more of the world and live and work in another country. At my husband’s work, changes took direction that he didn’t want to join and after deliberation he decided to cut the cord and step into the unknown. Our oldest daughter just turned 4 years and is not yet mandated to attend school and we are all healthy and (starting to try to get…) fit. So why not? It felt like a now or never moment, but even more to not postpone what you can do today until tomorrow.
After that decision the long wait started. Ewout provided notice at the end of 2017 but was held to his leaver period running all the way till the end of May (6 months notice period is common in Switzerland). To briefly summarize this period: a relief for him and therefor also for me 😉. My work follows me as I can work from anywhere as long as there is power and internet. For me that feels as professional benefit to be travelling whilst guiding clients in their personal journey and process.
But, what are you going to do?
We have no idea what we are going to do. In general, we have come up with the first month and the boat to Sweden has been booked. But what from there one we discuss but might change a few times before pinning it down. The (classic) bus could (will) have a breakdown (or two)? Or what if the mosquitoes make us flee Scandinavia? Or living out of a tent trailer does work for us? Then we change the direction or method of travel / sleeping. We’ll see. An approach to a world trip that seems to lead to a lot of surprise with some friends. An often heard comment in the last 6 months when we told them that we were going to travel: “But, what are you going to do?” and “where to?”. Followed by non comprehension when we explain we are not trying to plan to much or too far forward and kinda want to find our way during the travel itself.
Enjoy and live in the now
Our main plan is to enjoy and do what we want, when we want it. Avoid to get stuck in ‘need to do’. That is something we are really looking forward to try. We could remain very busy about where our careers are going and or if we show buy a house and other grown up things. Apart from the fact that my husband does not really gets worked up quickly anyways (which is sometimes pretty annoying), we are not going to be bothered about that type of thing and focus on enjoying to the fullest and live in the here and now. Enjoying each other, our little family and our health.
FOLLOW not ‘Gone’ with the wind
When school ends for our Anna (mid July) we will depart. We take what we need and store what we don’t and start drifting where the wind whispers we should go. I would like to visit the North Cape but that is a long drive to less and less warmth with a not so speedy (or reliable?) bus pulling a tent trailer making the combo pretty thirsty for (expensive) fuel. First world problems? The choice for the ride to the South Cape in 2016 was made easy … We decided to find out during the trip where we will go when. Looking for a new destination to live and work.
Postpone or do?
So many people who say that they would like to make such a trip or that they ever had such plans but did get caught up in can’t arguments in stead of why not attitude and only later discover instead changes have become more limited (kids / health / finances / family). What do you do when? When to seize an opportunity? When do you know it is the best time? Now! Postponing often occurs and leads to not following you dreams all together. We have experienced quite a lot together in recent years, including the loss of my husband both parents. Two people who were not finished with life on this earth, and both died too young due to illness and couldn’t enjoy their pension to the fullest together. In addition, because of the fact that I have a certain blood clotting disorder, I have experienced up close three times how vulnerable I am, we are, as human beings. Then why postpone what you want when you can? We have decided not to do that and go. Now.
Looking for a new destination
On the way. Together with our two daughters. Enjoy each other, nature, food, local market, wrongly estimated mountain walks in the rain, bush hacks on the bus along the road, receiving or providing help to who needs it … etc. etc.. We are going to live more consciously in the moment, consciously and open. Open for each other and for the other. Grateful for the choices we can and may make. Together on the way to a new destination.This entry was posted in Motivation