Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.Karen Gibbs
Preparation jitters begone, how lucky are we…
Today I had an epiphany. I am in the enviable position of being afforded the chance to travel to wherever my heart desires with no end date if I so choose. I know there will be people who say “well duh!” but in all honesty it has been such a crazy year since we made the decision to head offshore, my head has been spinning. Both the chap and I have been working some crazy hours, both travel extensively for our careers, have been renovating our house to sell, sorting our possessions for sale, storage or donation and ensuring everyone is taken care of and well positioned for us to leave. I am exhausted. The chap is exhausted. No break for us in over 12 months. Usually we are sneaking off for a long weekend or a week long relax in some part of our beautiful country…not these last 12 months – no sirreeeee. It has been nose to the grind with a goal and end date in mind. And now we are 3 days (YES!!!) away from heading off on the trip of an absolute lifetime.
So many of our friends and family are invested in this trip. We have some who say they will live vicariously through us and our journalling, others that intend to visit us, some that say we are brave and wish us all the best and then there are the occasional few who think we are mad…aren’t we all in some form or other? There are plenty of people with well-meaning advice too, reminds me of when I was expecting a baby…lots of ‘helpful’ advice (insert ‘eye-roll’).
As we get closer to the leave date my ‘to do’ list is reducing and I am running out of extra things to add, my packing pile is starting to take a more definitive line and my head is definitely focused on the airport schedules ahead. My heart however is doing the occasional flutter, I get a nervous twinge in the pit of my stomach and the palms of my hands tingle and go all sweaty – nerves or apprehension? Anxiety or excitement? Probably a combination of all of the above. I remind myself that this isn’t a forever expedition, modern technology is amazing (Skype, Facetime, Viber etc), I can come home from anywhere in the world inside of 48 hours, our children can get to us anywhere in the world inside of 48 hours and I am young and capable enough to do this. And there is always, always tea ♥
First leg is driving from our hometown on the West Coast of the North Island to the closest ‘large’ airport where we fly to Auckland. Overnight there and we are Singapore bound the next morning. Two weeks in South East Asia onboard a cruise liner to enjoy some much needed R&R. I am so excited about this leg of our trip, it is the part where we can take some time for ourselves, reconnect and thoroughly enjoy each others company while experiencing the different countries and cultures. Once the cruise is completed we will be heading to a port town in Southern Spain…this is where things will get interesting!! Yacht shopping here we come! Join me to see how things evolve ♥
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.Anonymous
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