I guess it all started back in April of 2014. Marylu was watching the CBS morning news and they had Lynne and Tim Martin on for an interview. They wrote “Home Sweet Anywhere”. The Martins sold their home and began traveling Europe, living in rentals for a few weeks or months at a time. They said that, for what it costs to own a house, you could be exploring the world, having adventures. When I got home later, Marylu tentatively proposed that we might do something of the sort ourselves. Much to her surprise, I agreed.
But where would we go? Marylu is thinking worldwide, but I am leaning more toward just North America. At least for the first few years. My ultimate goal is to find a great place to retire someday. Lower latitude than Minnesota, so the winters are warmer; higher altitude so the summers are cooler and not so humid. A city big enough to have everything yet small enough to be safe and comfortable. And, of course, the people are important too. We are some Northern liberal intellectuals who don’t practice much religion or hunting so we would do well to avoid localities where we would be Those Damn Yankee outcasts.
Next step: fix up the house so it is ready to sell. We are not exactly Home Handypeople so this took a lot of time, effort, sweat, and blood. New tile in the bathroom, new shower and faucets, new sheetrock in a bedroom, new faucets in the other bathroom, new soffit on the front of the house, fresh paint everywhere, inside and out. Lots of minor disasters and a couple accidents, but eventually we got everything presentable so the house was ready to sell. And sell it did. Tom, our amazing, affable realtor had it priced and presented so well we got an offer in just 3 days. Fortunately, we got a month and a half until the closing.
With the house sold, we could start making plans and clearing out our stuff. It’s amazing how much stuff a person accumulates in just a few years, living in a house. Now we had to go through everything and decide: take it with us on the road, store it, sell it, donate it, or trash it. Garage sale. Moving sale. Craigslist. Next week comes down to the last of the odds and ends and then we are free to travel.
Next time: details, details.