Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Learning to be Possession Free and downsizing our lives

When I left home to go traveling for the first time in 2013 I had enough stuff to fill a three bedroom house.  Renting my house out forced me to sort through my belongings and I thought I had done a great job of downsizing. I got rid of furniture and all sorts of junk that I no longer needed and managed to squeeze all of my things into a 60 square foot storage unit. I was pretty pleased to be able to keep all of my, seemingly precious, belongings even though it was costing me over £100 per month to do so. It also gave me the peace of mind that if I hated traveling I could return home and move back into my house and my old life.

Apprehension and a reality check

From the outside, the Narrowboat life looks pretty idilic. Endless summer days cruising the cut, a new view round every corner. ducks, geese, sheep and cows for company. Freedom from the city, peace and quiet. And a puppy sitting in the bow wagging its tail.

We would be naive to thing that this was going to be our reality.

Monday, 1 August 2016

How much is this Narrowboat life likely to cost!

Michael and I both took a year off work to travel the world in 2013 to 2014, and it was a pretty life changing trip for both of us. Not only did we meet each other half way round, but we both decided that we didn't want to return to the type of lifestyle that we had left before our trips.

We have been intensely saving for the last two years to facilitate a change in lifestyle, although at when we moved to New Zealand and started saving, we didn't have an exact plan of what that change of lifestyle would look like. We hoped to be able to work for ourselves and we thought it would involve traveling and living very cheaply, probably in India or Vietnam.  Over the last few months we have been moving towards the idea of moving to England and buying a Narrowboat, but how much is that lifestyle going to cost us and how long will our savings last before we need to start earning enough to cover the cost of life on the cut.