Minimalist lifestyle

Sold house and quit jobs for touring in a motorhome.

It’s been an eventful few weeks. Our house sale completed, we have both left our jobs and we no longer have a house! That sounds pretty drastic but it does not feel quite so bad to us. Our house sale went smoothly and we said goodbye to our neighbours and moved a mile down the road to our temporary accommodation.

The removal company came to put our possessions into storage

We are in limbo, I suppose, because we are living for 3 weeks in a very nice Airbnb before going on a pre-planned holiday to Provence in France, so it feels like we are on holiday already. When we come back from France we will be picking up our motorhome to start our adventure. Our plan is to spend a year or two  touring Europe but we will be returning home on a regular basis to see family and friends.

Our empty house on our last day

Our temporary home has minimal kitchen facilities; just a  kettle, fridge and a microwave so we have been eating out most nights at some of our favourite restaurants including one we visited for the first time – The Ox Club in Leeds, which I can highly recommend. This has given us chance to meet up with friends , family and neighbours before we leave the area although we will be returning on a regular basis. We’ve also eaten at The Agora in Horsforth , which we love and tomorrow night we are trying La Cour in Horsforth for the first time.

Living in this Airbnb accommodation is also getting us used to living in a smaller space, after all living in a motorhome is going to  be a really tight squeeze!

In the next couple of weeks we intend to whittle our belongings down even further because I’m getting a little worried that we still have too much ‘stuff’ to fit in our motorhome.

Some people have wished us a “happy retirement” but I don’t see it as retirement. I intend to be busier than ever exploring new places, writing travel blog articles, taking photos and making video’s of our travels. I have told my ex-colleagues in the travel and tourism department of Leeds City College that I see it as extended CPD!

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2 Comments
  • Peter Platts
    6th January 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Hi

    Just found your blog and spent an enjoyable weekend reading through it and now realise that we have amazingly similar stories and backgrounds to yourselves.

    We originally came from Leeds, living in Headingley, Cookridge and Horsforth amongst other areas, then we lived in Wetherby for 20 years before we had 8 years in a nice village near York.

    We eventually retired in 2015 and moved to the Lake District and started our motorhome adventures in 2016 by buying a 1 year old Roller Team that we absolutely love although we did also view the motorhome at your dealer near Kendal.

    Our first adventure in 2017 was a month in Ireland plus 8 weeks in France, Spain and Portugal, everything went smoothly and we loved the life.

    In 2018, apart from many small breaks in the UK we also had 9 weeks touring Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and finally Germany.

    This year we are almost replicating your Scandinavian trip, we are booked on the ferry from Newcastle in early April and are planning travelling through Denmark, Sweden and Norway so your blog on these countries and their campsites has been great help.

    Really pleased that you are enjoying your new life and can continue to do so for a long time so that we can follow your blog.

    Regards

    Peter & Dot

    • 7th January 2019 at 10:24 am

      Hi Peter and Dot. It was great to hear about your motorhome adventures and I’m really pleased that you have found our blog interesting and useful. I have lived in Horsforth since 1960 so have a fond attachment to the place. We have plans to visit Slovenia and Croatia and we love France as well because it’s so geared up for motorhomes. I think our highlight so far though is our Scandinavian trip and especially Norway and I think you will love it there. We are back in the UK at the moment for family commitments and will be exploring the UK before heading back to France in May. Thanks for taking the time to comment and wish you happy travels!

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