I’m willing to bet that this post will come as a major shock to some of our readers. For those of you that don’t already know, Party of Five has been listed for sale.
From day 1 we always knew this adventure would eventually end. In the hundreds of cruising blogs I have read, I was always fascinated when the end came for those cruisers. Some cruisers ended for financial reasons, some for health reasons, and others because they were just done. However, I have always respected the ones that knew when it was time to quite and ended on their own terms. I never realized how how hard it would be to actually know when that time was upon us. While I’m not one for cliche sayings, the cruising community does have one that is repeated over and over. “We are all out here as long as the FUN or MONEY lasts!”. While I wouldn’t say the “fun” has run out for us, it has definitely changed. There are so many reasons why we decided it was time for us to quit cruising. Here are a few.
– As the kids grow the boat keeps getting smaller.
– Boat maintenance is no longer fun!
– Tired of saying “Goodbye” to great friends.
– I got fat (again) and now I’m super freaking hot all the time.
– It has become normal and we no longer see things like we did in the beginning.
So the next question. “What are we going to do next?”
Well, we really have no idea. We aren’t done adventuring as a family, we are just done cruising. However, we have no idea what that next adventure will be.
Maybe we will find some strange corner of the earth and visit for a while (Albania anyone)!
or, Maybe we will search out another tropic paradise and see what its like to enjoy from land (Nicaragua anyone?)!
or, Maybe we will try to immigrate to one of our favorite locations and try to integrate (parlez vous francais)!
or, Maybe we will head back to Canada, find some problem people have and build a business solving it.
or Maybe we will head back to Canada, integrate back in and figure out how to adventure in the off time.
The fact is, nothing is off the table, but the table is overflowing with options right now. We have spent the last 4 years living in a state of constant change without ever knowing what was next. We are looking at this like just another passage. We will adjust the plan as conditions dictate and things will work out.