Our travel experiences have changed our vision for our future. There is so much of the world to see and experience, and together we have formulated a plan that could work for both of us.
I use the word “could” as we are not yet sure if this plan will work out, or if it’s something that we will both be happy doing. We will only continue the plan if we are both 100% in it, and I guess we will find out along the way.
We both agree that our current lives are exactly where we need to be right now. We have a steady income, travel twice a year and our apartment back home is being paid for. We still enjoy relatively good working and living conditions, and it would take something special to beat what we have now. Still, we know that we won’t stay here forever, and when we eventually go back home to South Africa, we do not want to end up with the same worries that we had before. With some luck and good planning, when we do return, we will spend our last years telling stories of adventures and misadventures, flipping through photo albums while laughing at good times experienced. Our goal in life would be to get the grand-kids off the tablets and out into the world, into the ocean, up in the mountains and through various cultures.
But we still have a few years left, so what’s the plan..? The one thing that we can agree on, is that we want a life that is not governed by any timetable. We don’t want to move on, see things, do activities or meet people according to any schedule. We want to be able to do these things at our own pace. We also want to live with as little financial commitments as possible, but I guess that’s everyone’s dream, and with our future plans, might be a little far-fetched.
The agreed plan is to sail. And while we sail, we want to kitesurf remote and beautiful parts of the world. To assist financially, we might offer this as a service if and when the need arises.
Now, we don’t have all the answers yet. We don’t even know if staying together in a cramped hotbox is something that our relationship will allow. We don’t really know what sort of challenges await in a life without hot showers, queen-size beds and cold beers. We’ve never made a lasagne in a gas oven, in a limited-size kitchen with no hot water, and a fridge that could suck your batteries dry.
So we slowly prepare for an adventure. We are completing sailing courses, with the competent crew course done, as well as our RYA Day skipper course done last year.
It also helps to read. There are some great books available, written by people who have experienced the highs and lows of living on a sailboat.
Some highly recommended reads include the Quest series, which is available on Amazon Kindle.
You could also check out Get Real, Get Gone…
Now that our first two courses are behind us, we look forward to gaining some miles later this year, September 2019, which will be followed by our next planned adventure, to sail and kitesurf the coast of Turkey. We are looking at suggestions, tips and information to assist us in this venture. All input will be much appreciated. The trip and our preparations will be updated regularly.