Embracing the Nomadic Lifestyle: A journey of self-discovery

As we stand on the brink of a decade together and nearly seven years of marriage, the dream of becoming digital nomads has always lingered, more prominently in my (Jill's) mind than Chad's. Nevertheless, the allure of a life untethered from the conventional routine became too compelling to ignore by both of us.  With two little ones under the age of four, we are about to embark on a journey of exploration, testing the waters of full-time travel life.

Early next month, the adventure of a lifetime awaits as we prepare to plunge headfirst into the enchanting world of van life interluded with the comforts of Airbnb. Armed with boundless enthusiasm, an insatiable sense of wanderlust, and our trusty home on wheels, we are poised to embark on a journey that promises to be a rollercoaster of emotions. This fusion of van life and Airbnb stays symbolises the harmonious blend of freedom and "stability" or "normalcy" that we seek. It's a lifestyle that acknowledges the beauty of spontaneity on the road while appreciating the comfort and amenities of a temporary home. Our journey, therefore, becomes not just a nomadic adventure but a dynamic tapestry of experiences that cater to the evolving needs of our family.

The decision to embark on a nomadic journey came at the cost of bidding farewell to the place we called home. In the weeks leading up to our departure, we faced the daunting task of packing up our lives, parting with cherished belongings, and storing the remnants of our existence in preparation for the unknown road ahead. As we navigated the process of disassembling the familiar, our home echoed with the bittersweet melody of memories.  Each item held a story, and deciding what to keep, what to sell, and what to let go was an emotionally charged journey. For those of you who have packed up - you would understand exactly what I am referring too. 

It marked the end of one chapter and the beginning of another — a poignant reminder that sometimes, in the act of letting go, we discover the strength to truly live.