I’m FREAKING OUT! We are a few weeks away from our great departure. Still, we have too little time to put our house in order for our new tenants who will live in our house for a year. This is good because for a little while now, we have been focussing on sorting our possessions in order to simplify our lives and our environment. After several years of common life, we’ve accumulated a ton of stuff we don’t need anymore, which were in the closets and in the storage and were also taking a little room in our minds. We have sold, given away, recycled, and thrown all that congestion in our house. Karine has become a specialist on online sales sites and sold our “superfluous” objects for the surprising amount of approximately $3000. (who said they do not have enough money to travel?). This even became a running gag in our circle of friends. In our life, as for our trip, we aspire to live with less, be smarter about our purchases and spend on experiences rather than material.
We were fortunate to find super tenants to take care of our house during our adventure. While we have been dreaming of that journey for a long time, it is now happening. We are currently discussing what we would like to visit. We know that we should relax and go with the flow, but as we start our trip in Europe during the summer period, we thought it would be prudent to make reservation for at least our accommodation and transport for the first two months. We’ve now spent several hours on different blogs and books to explore different routes, different options, different experiences. Initially, we wanted to go everywhere, we had more countries on our list than weeks to our trip. We had to narrow it down and go though a tough selection of countries that would allow us to have fun while respecting our budget.
We decided to focus on visiting Eastern Europe to discover this region less travelled but o how rich in history, castles, ruins and cultures. We picked India for a real adventure which will certainly take us out of our comfort zone. Finally, Southeast Asia for its cities and villages, its jungle and idyllic beaches. In total, we have fifteen-ish countries in which we are planning to spend a few days to a few weeks to soak up in the place. We decide to ‘slow travel’, to fully enjoy our sabbatical year. This coming July we will be leaving everything to new horizons!