We’re a couple of 40 somethings embarking on some adventures. We have no savings, pension, trust fund or rich relatives. We’re not very brave. We’re just a couple of ordinary people wanting to have a go at doing something different for a larger proportion of our lives than we have done until now. Cheaply. And not too scarily. Because we don’t know how long we can wait.
Living differently doesn’t have to be all or nothing, leaping into poverty and uncertainty; you can have pockets of adventure, whoever you are. It’s all about changing the way you think about things. That’s the hard (and scariest) bit. This blog will share our journeys to not very far away and not very adventurous places and also chart our forthcoming part-time move to the Algarve in Portugal. Mostly self-indulgent, silly and written by Sarah, we talk about travel, life, gardening, food, cycling and biscuits.
You can spend a lifetime waiting for the Right Time to change your life; when you’re older/richer/mortgage-free. Maybe the Right Time is whenever you decide it to be. This is our Right Time. Even if it turns out that it wasn’t; we’re doing it anyway. If you’re not sure if it’s your Right Time, imagine that your 10 years older self is looking back on what you’d done with the next 10 years. If that self is calling you a stupid bastard; it’s time to do something different. Now. Or pretty soon anyway.
Who We Are
We are Sarah and Keith.
We live in a tiny cottage in the Algarve hills with only geckos and chameleons for company for much of the time. We travel mostly around Europe as much as we can. We also do the odd long distance cycle tour. We don’t go much further afield because we’re not very brave and we feel there is plenty to amuse us on our doorstep.
For the first 10 years of our relationship we spent significant periods apart due to work and family commitments and despite achieving a comfortable income and a lovely home, felt increasingly pissed off, (and guilty for being so ungrateful). We always had plans to travel and live overseas but the goalposts kept moving and that time seemed a long time in the future. In 2014, after 27 years of parenting and a finally empty nest, Sarah was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease which may mean a shorter than expected life span and/or early poor health. Coincidentally, within the same month Keith was offered voluntary redundancy from the job he’d had for 23 years. These two factors combined made us re-evaluate what really mattered, and we discovered that what really mattered wasn’t money or security; it was time. And we didn’t know how much of that we have so we made the leap.
Sarah continues to run her business, Hendrickx Associates as an autism specialist, trainer and author of six books on autism remotely and part-time. She is also a sometime stand-up comedian and former magazine writer, restaurant reviewer and web travel content writer.
We both also have Asperger syndrome, a condition on the Autism Spectrum. This brings both liberation from social expectations and challenges far more significant than this blog will convey. Contrary to popular belief, we are not sour-faced, anti-social automatons; like most people with autism, we have a sense of humour, find life ridiculous and laugh at it a lot. But we do find most people intensely irritating. Sorry.
We hope that you’ll enjoy sharing our adventures, mishaps and thoughts along the way and maybe it will inspire you to head off on your own journey.
If you want to find a way, you’ll find a way.
Thanks for stopping by.
Sarah & Keith