Now that our new lifestyle has begun in earnest and we’ve had time to get used to the concept of being itinerant and (self-)unemployed, we thought it might be interesting to record the things that we think we’re going to enjoy the most about our new lifestyle, along with what we anticipate missing the most. We’ll revisit our lists in perhaps three/six/12 months’ time, to see what’s changed! So, here are our lists, in no particular order… (Family, friends and colleagues aren’t included, as it goes without saying that we’ll miss them!)
Kim: 1) Spending most of the day/night outdoors 2) The freedom to go wherever we want to, and to stay somewhere as long as we like 3) Hypnotic campfires under spectacular stars 4) Passing time just watching and listening to nature 5) Meeting people from different places and all walks of life 6) Learning new skills – professional and otherwise – by having a go at a variety of jobs/experiences
Paul: 1) Stars 2) Campfires 3) Freedom 4) No TV 5) Less work 6) Endless summer
Banjo: 1) Being with Mum and/or Dad lots 2) Going to lots of places in my car 3) Lots of naps by the campfire 4) Getting to meet lots of people 5) Getting lots of pats from people 6) Lots and lots and LOTS of sticks!
Kim: 1) Doors with handles instead of zips 2) My Electrolux front-loading washing machine 3) Electricity, heating and water available ‘on tap’ 4) Toilet that doesn’t need to be emptied (enough said!) 5) Drinking wine out of a glass 6) Fortnightly (or otherwise regular!) income
Paul: 1) TV 2) Pub 3) Food delivered 4) Air-con 5) Beer in glass 6) Mortar and pestle
Banjo: Nothing; as long as I’m with Mum and/or Dad, I’m happy! (Editor’s note: Although Banjo says this, he is rather fond of creature comforts, so is probably secretly missing sleeping on the couch!)