Family Trip – Take 2
It has been 2 years since my last post and 2 years since we settled back into our home in Val-David, Qc. And now, we have decided to do it again – to up heave the life we have rebuilt and to live on the road…
Last time, it was a strong desire to leave, to travel, to discover and live something else that motivated me to plan our trip. The trip was well planned out from the start and even our house in Mexico was rented months in advance. I wanted to live on the beach, surf, learn Spanish and just live a year in the warmth. If you are curious to know more, you can flip through the back-posts from 2 years ago. It was a wonderful experience for us all and a hard one to forget. Since returning back to “life in Canada”, our time has been counted in “x months since Mexico” or “months before mexico”.
This time, it is a different situation. We have just sold our 2 businesses – Le Village Suisse and La Boutique Les Jeux. Almost exactly 12 months after putting them on the market, the sale for both went through just a couple of weeks ago. Now after 13 years of being a business owner, I simply want-need a break. A break from being on-call, a break from being the final decision maker, a break from being responsible for so many and in the future – I’m excited about finding a new direction. I currently do not know what this might be, and am not ready yet to think about it. Afterall, what tops owning a toy store? Or a vacation resort? It will take time to figure that one out. For now, I simply need to rest and for that to really happen, I feel I need to branch out of our little town.
So hence the travel plans! For now, we are in Spain-France for 5 weeks. We will then be back in Val-David for 2 months to wrap up the accounting and training of the new owners for the businesses, and Millie and Andy will finish the school year. Once it is all settled, we will be on the road. Where to? It isn’t yet determined, but multiple destinations role around in our discussions, so stick around for the details…
We are currently officially homeless and have been for 5 days now. We finished packing up all our things and handed the keys over to a lovely family who will be renting our house for the next 15 months. It was a whirlwind 3 weeks: sale of the 2 businesses, training of new owners, packing of the house… and finally we left with just 4 little carry-on suitcases.
Let it all begin.