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.
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).
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.
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.