Camping in the rain is quite a miserable endeavor... especially when you drove over 5 hours to go to the sea. Cape Ann (Gloucester, Massachusetts) is gorgeous under grey threatening skies, but we didn't come there to admire its dramatic side...
We were glad we decided to leave on Thursday night and drive late, because Friday was the only sunny day. We spent the other 3 days there in the rain and everything was wet... very wet.
Weekend (and long weekend) camping is
much more work than living on the road where camping was our norm. I
truly miss this lifestyle. When I think about future travels, I dream
about more time on the road, camping in the wild, hiking with my family,
not visiting museums in Europe, temples in Asia or ruins in Peru. Not
that I am against this type of traveling, but it is not what speaks to
me at the moment. I long to live in nature. Simply. With less. And at
the same time, I see how paradoxal it is to wish for that when my girls
need stuff, stuff to create, to read and to learn, and room to put all
those things and their beloved treasures, to put their precious dolls
The more we stay, the more I wonder
how we can all thrive away from a "home"... The girls have asked to
start some music lessons (violin for Mara, piano for Aisha and recorder
for Mathilde), I see them develop friendships and I see myself really
enjoying my tribe, a precious network of friends that we don't have in
our day-to-day life when we travel... I also see more and more traveling
families that have inspired me deciding to buy a house or rent long
term and settle down for that very reason.
know what you think : why not leave for half of the year only? Well,
that's an option... but we find that owning a house (even if we rent it
when we are away) AND traveling requires a lot of money, especially if
you want to travel slowly. First, having to fly back or drive back home
every six months is expensive, and having to maintain a house
(especially when you rent it long term...) is also not cheap. This is
why most long-term traveling families opt to sell their house and
possessions before leaving. We are not particularly attached to our
house or our things, but it is a big decision to sell everything and
leave for good... It's one thing when you are only two adults, but it's
another thing when you have children...
When you live a marginal life and make different choices, I think it is twice as important to ponder the consequences of those choices on your children. Of course, there is no guarantee. And of course, traveling is incredibly rich and full of learning opportunies. And yes, I am confident that my girls will do great in life. However, I also know that the decisions we are making now will affect the persons they will become (in part, of course!), the activities they will pursue or not (if we are never in cold climate it's unlikely they will learn to ski, for instance...) and the relationships they will build. And so, we are taking our time (for once, some might say!) before making a decision about what the future will hold for our little family. It is hard for me to not see around the next corner just yet, but I know for a fact that it will be joyful and incredible!