This is it. We leave for Iceland tomorrow. After years of talking about it, and finally getting serious about it once Trevor left his job in January of this year, we are going to start our long-term travel.
The last 6 months have been a bit of a whirlwind experience. Some people wondered why we didn’t leave right away, but there is a lot you have to organize before you can take off for an extended period of time. We fixed up the house, sold the house, downsized our material possessions very significantly, and two days ago sold our car.
Luckily we were able to enjoy some of the time off. We did a road trip to Quebec City for Winter Carnival (and to watch the Canadian women play tennis in the Fed Cup tie vs Belarus) and Montreal. (Tip: Quebec is f@cking cold in February.) We took advantage of a cheap mid-week deal to hang out in Niagara Falls in March. (Tip: Casino Niagara is a sad place to be on a Wednesday night in March). We took a road trip to the East Coast of Canada to see Trevor’s family, which proved to Christine that Atlantic Canada does, occasionally, have nice weather.
And of course, we spent almost 4 weeks in Spain and Portugal as a “warm-up” trip. (see our articles from that trip here and here. Even though we’ve both traveled a lot before, neither of us had been able to take off more than a week at a time in years. And that trip just confirmed that we’re doing the right thing for us at this point in our lives….and that we need to pack a lot less than we did 😉 Your packing decisions take on a whole new perspective when you have to carry them on your back.
So here we are. Everything we still own is in storage except for our two carry-on sized backpacks, Trevor’s daypack and a couple of small shoulder bags (yes, Trevor got a murse – very European). That’s it for at least the next 5 months, before we come back briefly, repack for the hotter climates in Australia and Asia, and do it again. This is us grabbing life by the balls.