we live in a pretty amazing place. a place with year-round outdoor adventures just waiting to be had. the problem is that we both work long hours and travel frequently for work, so we get outside far less than we’d like to. sometimes it feels like we are missing out on life in our town and the surrounding outdoors.
oftentimes, when we’re staring at our computer screens for hours on end, we daydream about the adventures we imagine for ourselves in just a few years, when we can retire early.
the yearlong staycation
we’ve both said that when we retire, we want to stay put for a year, or stay mostly put. we don’t know enough of the hiking and biking trails around us, or enough of the climbing routes, or the best places to paddle. we want to spend a lot of time soaking it all in, becoming real locals finally, and luxuriating in the ease with which we can get to all of these adventure spots. we’ll get stronger, fitter, more technically adept. we’ll catch up on sleep, learn to repair our car and cook everything from scratch. we’ll get outside every single day, unless it’s yucky out, and then we’ll curl up by the fire.
the van life
one of the things we’re saving up for is a camper van that we can travel in for extended periods, while we’re still young enough to live like dirtbags. we assume that when we’re older, we’ll want to camp more comfortably, and maybe at that point we’ll want a true rv, or we’ll just camp in cabins. but for now we dream of being able to stay out for weeks or months at a time, mostly off-grid, just taking our time getting to know places, getting lost in the woods, expanding our horizons. as long as we can have a real mattress to sleep on, we’re willing to be unwashed a lot of the time, and unplugged even more. we’ll camp, climb, bike and hike all across north america, and venture south into mexico and points south.
the southeast asian trek
we’ve both been to europe, and of course we love it. but we’ve never been to asia, the middle east, south america or australia. we figure we can cover south america as a part of the van life. but we want to get to all the rest, and southeast asia tops the list for what we want to do first. we’ll stay in hostels and air bnb rentals, and take our time, getting to know the people and the countries, the temples and the art. we’ll trek the himalayas, climb the smaller mountains, drink a lot of tea.
the great northern summers
we dream of spending a summer in alaska, enjoying those long days and short nights, the aurora borealis, the long hikes and climbs, the mammoth flowers and vegetables. and spending a summer paddling around canada, swatting giant mosquitos, dodging charging moose, staring at the campfire, and getting lost in the meditative rhythm of the paddle strokes.
what are the adventures you dream of?
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I love to travel and have been to many countries already. I mention my list on my ‘About’ page. I feel it’s always better to invest in experiences rather than anything material. You get a lot more bang for the buck. Material possessions lose their luster quickly after purchased while an experience can be revisited and bring good feelings for a lifetime.
We totally agree that experiences > stuff. We’ve tried to strike a balance of traveling some now but mostly saving so we can travel a ton later. Thanks for reading!
Have you seen this family? http://www.nomadyogafamily.com – I had the sincere honor to meet them personally last summer and fall when they trekked through SoCal and they are endlessly fascinating and adventurous. Though, I will say that traveling in an earthroamer is definitely not dirtbagging it! I vote for year long staycation! :)
I haven’t seen them! There are other road school families I’ve followed on their blogs at different times. And it’s funny… That post is from so long ago. I think we have some slightly different visions about next year now, especially using some of our air miles while we still have status, which gives us better ticket availability.
They aren’t super frequent bloggers but do posts here and there, but follow them on instagram if you feel like it. They have a cool little story unfolding as they adventure. They have a couple of videos as well. I’m intrigued and inspired at what they are doing with two young children, living life on their own terms.
Cool! I’ll check them out.