Having the dream of setting off into the sunset on your sailboat isn’t very original. My gosh, almost every retirement commercial finishes with that view! A nugget of easiness on calm waters in paradise – very inspiring. It is an easy dream to have but putting it to action requires a plan and, to be truthful, that plan will look very different for each sailor. We have friends who have kept their homes in Canada, renting them in their absence and returning home every summer. Others have sold their homes but maintain a storage unit in case they decide to return back to Canada. For us, we want to untether completely from land life. Our plan involves, and has involved, selling it all and moving onto the sailboat full-time for the foreseeable future.
Five years ago we sold our home and moved into the city (Ottawa, Ontario) and we have been renting ever since. We are currently in the midst of selling whatever furniture, winter gear and other stuff that we can, and donating the rest. Family will take ownership of our cars. And we will both retire from our government jobs by early April. One might say we are taking one big step off a giant cliff by selling it all. We see it as walking into a world of freedom and choice.
Victoria is a hiker, dog-lover, blog writer and planner extraordinaire. Oh, yeah and she is kind of fond of living on a boat.