Like everyone else’s our lives have changed beyond recognition. We combined house-sitting with independent travel but we no longer own a home or have a base anywhere. We arrived back from Vietnam, as Holland went into lockdown. At first we stayed with friends, then stayed in Airbnbs and when we could leave Holland, we came to Normandy in France, where we had the great good luck to be able to stay in the holiday home of friends. We’re in our 9th month here now - the longest we’ve been anywhere since we became nomadic over 10 years ago.
Before all this happened I often used to think I’d like to travel slower. We do travel slow, often staying for months in one place, but I still felt busy. Lockdown has been a forced stop and there have been so many things about it that I love. Small things. Taking time to meditate, cook, paint. It’s a chance to press the reset button. All of this I would now like to combine with our old life. Still being on the move, but being on the move slower. Michael Palin said it well ‘travel better, travel slower’. I think we’ll be looking for longer term housesits, and staying in Europe for the next year or so.
How has your last year been, and have you got any plans for going forward?