Travel Reflections: 2018 New Year
2017 has been an incredible year for us. We started off the year, part way through our mid-life gap year.
The mid-life gap year came about following the devastating news that we couldn’t have children. We decided to turn a negative into a positive by doing something that we wouldn’t be able to if we had kids. It gave us time to be together, come to terms with our grief and decide what type of future we wanted.
The 2017 trip started in Argentina after a magical time in Antarctica, took in Uruguay, then a trip back home to see Juno (our cocker spaniel). February and March was spent skiing in Austria, France and Switzerland, ending up with our Antarctica friends at Basle Carnival. Another Juno fix at home was followed by a flight to Malaysia where I finally conquered my fear of fish and the sea. From Malaysia, we went to the Philippines, Borneo and Thailand.
Our trip came to an end in July.
Travel Reflections: A Future Mapped Out
By this time, we had reflected on our future and decided that we didn’t want the same life that we had left. We wanted choice on how to spend our time, we didn’t want to have the family life that included working until 67 to fund the children that we didn’t have. It seemed to us that we had so many things but barely time to enjoy being together, have hobbies, travel or just have fun.
During our 2017 travels, we had spent so much time reading, both fiction and non-fiction. Inspired by these books, we chose financial freedom. We put our 5-bedroom house on the market, bought a rundown bungalow in a cheaper area and set about gaining income from a means other than a full time, permanent role.
Travel Reflections: Homeward Bound
The last 6 months have not been as much fun as the first 6 of 2017, but they have got us closer to our aims. We did manage to spend August back in France, falling totally in love with the French attitude to what’s important in life – food, wine, family and friends.
The rest of the time has been spent with Greg renovating the bungalow, totally amazing me with his ability to get on and achieve so much. I have been working as a Treasury consultant, working both as an interim and as a true consultant. I’ve loved the freedom that this has afforded us and although the pay packet and perks may not be a good as they could be, it’s a compromise that I want and choose to make.
Travel Reflections: Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018
The feeling that I’m ending the year with is that the most important thing in my life are those people that I choose to spend it with. Spending a year travelling with your partner may seem tough to others, but I have seen what an incredible man I have married. I can appreciate my close friends, who stuck around, supporting me through my grieving process. Greg and I are both lucky to also have supportive and loving families. When you add in Juno, we don’t need anything more and I’m grateful for that realisation.
It seems apt that Greg and I are celebrating this New Year with a friend that we met during our travels. We have met some incredible people along the way that I am sure will be lifelong friends.
All in all, my travel reflections are soppy and grateful. I am so pleased that we took the plunge.
So, from Breckenridge, Colorado I am looking forward to 2018 and what it brings. More time freedom and travels I hope.
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