Some words from Mike:
So, I guess it’s nothing new these days to live your life overseas and either backpack around the globe, retire (because you can), or become paid to travel.
But what if you don’t fall into any of these categories? How many people hit their mid-forties and resign from steady jobs to see the world? The idea that we all must follow a path from work to retirement is a well trodden one, and sometimes only stopping to smell the roses a few times a year is simply not enough.
But what if you work your entire life building that nest egg and when the day comes to pick up your first pension check you are physically unable to enjoy it?
During your working life you may be unaware just how many times you have accepted second best, perhaps swallowed yet another defeat or become disappointed in a result; and having tried an indeterminate amount of time to drive past the setback realised that the damage is already done.
I always remember those post holiday blues the first day back at work. In fact, my colleagues and I used to joke that if you make it past 9 o’clock in the morning and can still remember what you were doing the week before, i.e. sunning yourself in some far climate, then you’ve done very well.
I also used to preach to my colleagues that if you were ever going to see your life for what it was then those first few hours behind that desk were crucial. Usually, by day two, the chance that you may make a change was gone and another six months would pass.
I’m 47, had a case of the major work blues and decided I couldn’t live for tomorrow until I was 67. Luckily, my wife, Michelle felt the same and then the huge task list begun.
Beat the Blues
So, how do you quit your job, place everything into stasis and head off to new adventures?
It’s all here, the feelings, the trauma and the physical displacement. But most of all, the excitement.
Take a look at our experiences and perhaps, one day, you may just take those post holiday blues and make a decision of your own!
I hope we can help in some small way in saving you money or just provide a little advice to help you on your way.