False starts and finances

After all the planning and latent excitement for the beginning of our new lives, we are now delaying our start for five months, until September.

The disappointment associated with the later departure date is offset by the additional few months’ salary to remain until August, adding a level of certainty to our plans. Whilst disappointing, the time delay is short in terms of the rest of our lives out exploring, and the extra savings backup we’ll now have help to solidify our finances and ensure we can, with reasonable confidence, live as we wish in perpetuity.

It also has the following benefits; we can splash out on a special kayaking trip around Greenland we’ve had an eye on for a long while, enjoy Le Tour and the Rio Olympics at home before being sans TV in our Motorhome, finally cycle the South Downs Way and other local routes we’ve sadly neglected up to now, and properly say our goodbyes to those we might not otherwise have seen in the time we had left. And we’ve made a promise to ourselves that this will be the last time a decision on our futures will be based purely on the perceived financial benefit; money is to never be the goal again.

Our route will now change, with us heading south for the winter rather than beginning with a summer in Scandinavia, but that’s by no means a hardship. The only outcome is that we will now cut our teeth in the more familiar countries of France, Italy and the Iberian peninsula.  So be it, we’ll reach Northern Europe and the Midnight sun in due course.