Thanks for taking the time to check out our travel site. Just setting this up has been a bit of a journey of discovery.
We had talked for years about taking an extended sabbatical to travel…..actually travel, not just go on vacation. The stars aligned when Christine left her position at one of the Canadian banks in November 2015 and Trevor left his position at one of the global banks in January 2016.
Most people expected us to take a bit of time off, maybe do a trip or two, then settle into a new career. We did a bit of that…decompressing after almost a decade each of high-intensity, high-pressure, all-consuming jobs. Working in the capital markets or investment banking niches of finance really isn’t a career, it’s a lifestyle. Once we were both off, it all of a sudden dawned on us that we could do what we’d always been talking about – but now we had to plan it.
The first thing we had to do was start simplifying our lives. We started decluttering our house, and fixing it up so we could sell it. Luckily for us, the housing market in our neck of Toronto, Canada, was still amazingly strong – the result of supportive demographics and a lot of people willing to be over-levered to buy a house I guess.
We spent about 6 weeks getting the house ready to “show”. The day we put it on the market, we flew to Portugal. Thinking it would take a few weeks to sell, we planned a month trip around the Iberian Peninsula so that our agent could show our house whenever a buyer wanted to see it. To our surprise, it sold in less than a week!
Once we got back, we got to packing up. It’s amazing how much junk you accumulate over the years. Everything we kept would be going into a storage locker for an indefinite period of time, so we needed to keep it to essentials. It’s difficult when you don’t know when you’re coming back, or where you’ll settle next.
In the meantime, we have also had to teach ourselves the basics of WordPress and how to even set up a travel blog.
We’re finally close to moving…one week from today in fact. Still a bunch of work to do, but, as much as we have loved living here, we can’t wait to start the next chapter of our lives.