We’re free. We’re free to make decisions and choices tailored to the the life that we design, not the life that we stumbled in to. The story line is common, and has been told many times by others. Life is structured and predictable. School is followed by college, then by full-time jobs, marriage, a house, a family, and then retirement 40 years later to enjoy the fruits of your labor. This path is taught to us at a very early age, and is linear in design. One must go in this order, or risk missing out on the great things in life.
We, too, were on this path. Raised in Minnesota, my wife and I moved to California for college. The plan: graduate, get careers, and be successful. After a few years in Sacramento, we moved on to Los Angeles. We were young, and eager to grow professionally. So, grow we did. Our income increased, and so did our financial commitments. We bought toys, new cars, and a house. We felt pressure from our surroundings to earn more constantly, and it was easy to identify that this pattern is never ending.
Throughout our relationship, Kym and I prioritized travel at the top of our free time list. The world is accessible to those who choose to see it, yet many don’t. Every experience meant learning new cultures, different value systems, and a change of scenery. We learned that not every culture emphasizes fame and fortune, and it struck a chord with us. Our goal became to design a life based on what we value.
Our plan didn’t come in to place for many years. We had debts, and career goals that we still wanted to accomplish. We dabbled with starting a family, and when it didn’t go as planned we started to focus on the next chapter seriously. Do we take a year off to travel? Where do we go? What do we do with our pets? What about our careers? What sort of life do we want when we settle down again? We discussed many options until one made sense.
Let’s sell everything and travel until we can’t afford to any more. Let’s take time away from work, and fully immerse ourselves in the adventure. Let’s split our time RVing North America, and taking trips abroad to places that are difficult to do in a two week time period. Let’s be outdoors, meet new people, open ourselves up to possibility, and be free to go and do whatever we want to. And when we are done with that, let’s make an informed decision on where we want to live next.
So that is what we did, and are currently doing. We have a truck with a 5th wheel RV, two adults and three pets. We have two years of travel tentatively planned out, but not firmly in place. We will go where we choose, and stay however long we would like to. We’re free, and with any luck, we’ll stay this way.