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I read a book about people who bought a yacht and took their children around the world.
This is the sort of thing I'm talking about. Why do we have to conform to the idea of "little boxes" apart from obviously making sure that our retirement, or old age is taken care of. You can't spend your time driving around if you're bedridden, so the idea is to be able to do something that will allow you to put away a lot of the money you make so that you can live off the income from that when you're not earning.
I rather fancy taking a camera and going around to the remote places on earth and doing photography and video about them.
Of course that's been done and is being done, but I like the idea, it's something I would've liked to have done.
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My brother did that - built a yacht (took three years) and then off they went ... my niece and nephew were out of school for two years but the life experience they had far surpassed the value of the three Rs. Years later, they still talk about that time as being one of the best periods in their lives. They were supposed to be home schooled but I don't think anyone really bothered!

And now I have a 37 year old son who chucked in his very well paid job, grabbed a laptop, a camera, a backpack and a couple of changes of clothing, and has been wandering the world since April. Having a wonderful time and some amazing experiences and trying to think of ways to give up working forever ha!ha! He will be away for a year before thinking about gainful employment again.

He's not a very wealthy man, but he's astute and level-headed and extremely intelligent, and he makes things happen because if he decides to do something, it's a goal he's determined to reach. He said he refuses to sit in his rocking chair one day and think he wishes he'd done xyz, he'd rather sit there and think back on all the exciting things he has done with his life. And he blames us - says we're responsible for making him believe that he can dream and make those dreams true, so I guess in a way it's a back-handed compliment!



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My youngest does that.
He saves all his money and takes himself off on a new adventure every three months. He spent 3 weeks in East Africa in August and is about to leave for 3 weeks in South America now. He's already booked and paid for his trip to Egypt in March, and in June he's going from a Trans-Siberia train trip to the west coast of America and then making 3 stops in the USA.
He says when he buys himself a house and decides to settle then he won't have the money to do it and also 'blames' me for encouraging him to expand his horizons rather than 'settle' for a little box. In the meantime, he's taking German language lessons, he still believes he can take time off to live there and teach English.
None of my kids wanted to settle down right out of college/university, all of them broke away from the kind of middle-class existence of school, college, job, house, family, two cars, school, college, job on and on.
One went to America on a 'gap' year trip, another taught rowing simply because he loved it and didn't want to go to college right out of school, the eldest is still at university at almost 40.
They say we can't make our children live our dreams or that we shouldn't make them do things simply because we couldn't, I didn't make them do anything they didn't want to do, I let them find their own way.
None will ever be 'captains of industry' or company directors, unless the company happens to be their own, and that's just fine with me.
The famous Harvey MacKay quote: "Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life." is a kind of mantra in our family.
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Sorry it took a while to come back to this thread.

There's one place I may go in the near future, and another place I'd like to go. I don't plan on traveling a lot other than that, but I'm not ruling it out. That's all I'll say for now. emoticon

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Hope one of those plans includes SA on your agenda Lesa - you won't regret it!

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I hope to make that possible, and would love to meet you both.

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As we both would love to meet you too!
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Hey! The wife and I have not given up on making a trip to SA yet... who knows, we might end up at a Runboard convention together emoticon

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Excellent, I look forward to it.
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Me too - bring it on, we'd love to host you all!

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