There is no exact plan. But we have some sketches and ideas and a few dates that are set. Now, when we’re exploring this warm water, sunny beach-and-palm tree-area of South East Asia, we take one step at a time. Our next destination, Sri Lanka, was a choice of where there’s dry season and good diving in January/February. Then we checked out the visa rules and from there we took the next step of booking tickets, checking out places to stay and did some basic research.
On the 8th of February it’s Chinese New Year and lots of people have vacation the weeks before and after. Several friends have told us to consider our choice of place to stay during that period because it can get very crowded at tourist areas. So, we might extend our visas for Sri Lanka and stay in some quiet location during Chinese New Year. We’ll see what happens within the coming weeks.
The next set date we have is late May or beginning of June, when we’re going to a family reunion in the US and one of our nephews is graduating from high school. And then, after that… there’s a plan of going to Sweden over the summer and Wivan wants to work during the summer. After that we don’t know! Probably we’ll want to go someplace warm again the next fall and winter, but we haven’t decided yet. And we don’t know if we’ll be working or doing volunteer work, if we’ll continue to just explore life and living or if we’ll be diving and surfing around the globe like the beach bums we are becoming.
We have decided to live and use our money while we can and still have a lust to explore and try different ways of living and locations. Our commitment is to live life fully, to follow our dreams even if it’s different from how “most people” do things. To give ourselves and each other space to grow as people and to see what happens when we follow our inner longings.
It’s a privilege to be able to live like this, and to have the means of time and money to be able to, and it’s also a choice to not have a house of our own or to settle down again just yet.
There are ups and downs of living on “the road” like this, and something we experience now is that we miss seeing friends and family, and to have people to hang out with. Sure, we love spending time on our own and to have lots of quiet moments, but there’s also a need of being around other people.
We welcome the year of 2016 with all that it might bring, and we are open to learn, listen and try. Our intention is to live with our hearts and minds open, to make choices from clear “YES!”-answers rather than what’s logic – and we’re curious to see how that effects us and the world around.
With lots of love,
Anders and Wivan