Vacation for 50+ weeks a year

We jumped into the great unknown when we ended our apartment lease, gave away almost all of our possessions, put two suitcases in the trunk of our old battered car, and headed down the road. We haven’t looked back in almost three great years of traveling.

We spend our days in new places. It’s not very different from being on a perpetual vacation. Day after day we walked, we explored, we enjoyed the place we were in. The sun shone in a blue sky and the weather was often quite pleasant. Even though this is our new life, does it sound like a vacation to you? But, every once in awhile we discovered the need to stop what we were doing – no matter where we were – to “take care of business.”

The latest business, dental work and car buying, required us to set aside a week. The best we can say about the dental work was the timely discovery to get the work done. As for the 20-year old car we shared with our son: we did the math on future repairs and the numbers didn’t lie. It was time to retire that car.

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Voila! A bright and shiny Prius hybrid.   Joe watched for oncoming traffic as Beth leaped into the street to get her best photo of the new car.

We’ve learned to schedule “down time” every March to prepare our tax returns, notably in Austin, Texas (2013), Nelson, New Zealand (2014), and Palm Springs, California (2015).

Knowing how wonderful it was to explore Nelson made it tough to sit down for a few days and get the taxes prepared.

Knowing how wonderful it was to explore Nelson made it tough to sit down for a few days and get the taxes prepared.

When we made annual visits to family and friends in Washington, DC and Portland, Oregon, we always carved time out for doctor, dermatologist, ophthalmologist, and dentist appointments.

On our walk to Royal Prince Albert Hospital in Sydney, Australia for Beth’s annual mammogram, we spotted this reminder. We made appointments while in the resort town of Port Douglas to have our teeth cleaned.

On our walk to Royal Prince Albert Hospital in Sydney, Australia for Beth’s annual mammogram, we spotted this reminder. We made appointments while in the resort town of Port Douglas to have our teeth cleaned.

So, we gave it some thought and realized that a few weeks set aside for “taking care of business” each year is not that difficult, even if we do happen to be in great places. We still have well over 50 weeks for our “vacation.” That works for us.

As soon as business is taken care of - in this case our dental exams in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia – we know just what to do!

As soon as business was taken care of – in this case our dental exams in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia – we knew just what to do!

 

October 2015

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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7 Responses to Vacation for 50+ weeks a year

  1. Sounds like a great plan to me. And now you can just keep on going in that lovely new car.

  2. Perfect choice in vehicles. You do realize, though, that you won’t be able to use that delightful phrase ‘we packed up everything into our 20-year old car’ anymore. I will miss that.

  3. Cliff Mail says:

    enjoy the reliability of a new car, time to get those miles on the clock though. I like the colour, makes you more visible, we found that some lighter colours seem make you blend in with the surroundings allowing other drivers to more easily bang into you.

  4. plaidcamper says:

    You’ve got it all organized about right, I’d say!

  5. Bernice Rowe says:

    Wow will you ever age Beth? All th

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