Watching people's reactions when they hear about our plan to sell all of our stuff and travel for a while has been rather entertaining. Some seem confused about why we would want to do such a thing and have a look of serous concern/confusion on their faces. Some have commented about the lack of stability for our little kids (that one makes me laugh). Many people can't get over the idea of selling our stuff. But most people seem genuinely happy for us and know that this suits us well. Here are many of the reasons we have decided to flip our world upside down and try something a bit out of the ordinary:
- For that exact reason: to live a life less ordinary. Just because lots of other people have goals to buy a big house or have nice cars and toys, doesn't mean that that's what our goals should be. Some people enjoy decorating their dream home, doing yard work every weekend, and spending their time and money on house projects..... that kind of stuff has never been something we really enjoy, but we've done it because..... well, that's what you do.
- Because we don't want to wait until we're retired to travel. By then we'll be too old and tired to do most of the things we want to do.
- To explore. We've probably hiked every trail within a 100 mile radius of our house. We take frequent trips to southern Utah and go out of state when our budget and time off from work allows, but I don't want to work our lives away just counting down the days until our next getaway.
- To live like a local. It's great to be able to spend a few days by the beach or in a new town, but there's never enough time to do everything you want to do. We want to travel slow, experience what life is like where we are, and have time to see and do as much as can without feeling rushed.
- Because I can't imagine a better experience for our kids while they are little and their imaginations are big. We aren't uprooting them from school or sports, and they will get to experience so many awesome things at such a young age.
- Because I want to be a stay at "home" mom. I've been very fortunate to only work three days a week for a few years now. I love my job, and frankly, I enjoy the break from my kids even. I've been blessed with the most amazing people in my life to care for my kids, but there are still days that it just sucks to leave them. For the first time ever, there won't be mornings that we have to leave the house at 7:00 so I can get to work.
- To pay off debt and meet our financial goals. Our monthly expenses will actually be less than what they are now. No utilities, no yard maintenance, no repairs, one car to maintain, no child care..... we may not even have to buy our own toilet paper!
- No deep cleaning.... ok this isn't an actual reason, but it's a definitely plus!