We’ve lived in Nicaragua on and off since 2004, and for the past six years we have been here permanently. We decided this year that we are going to wean ourselves off Nicaragua for six months a year. It is time for a change, if only temporarily.
We have had a love/hate relationship with Nicaragua for many years. The hate part is mainly because of the unreliable infrastructure and the brutally hot and dry months. The love part will always be the people. Yet, as we age, we realize that maybe Nicaragua isn’t the best place for us to age gracefully year-round. After much thought, we decided to scratch our gypsytoes by traveling six months of the year.
The best of all worlds is possible. Our goal was always to make Nicaragua our home base and travel extensively. But, that has not happened as much as we would like because we built a thriving life in Nicaragua by planting many varieties of fruit trees on our property, rescuing dogs and cats, and developing a children’s library.
The only way we can fulfill our passion for travel is to find reliable and responsible house sitters. Throughout the years, we have had good and not so good experiences with house sitters. But, now we have our selection system honed and refined to meet our needs. The key is to try to plan for the unexpected because nothing is ever “normal” or expected here. Contingency plans are a necessity in Nicaragua.
It takes a tremendous amount of planning to prepare for our travels. Not only do we need to plan for our trip, but we have to prepare for our house sitters. There will be plants to water, bills to pay, workers to supervise, and our cats and dog to watch over.
We are leaving our babies, and it is never easy.
We are starting our new journey next week. This time we will be off island for the month of November. Next year, we are planning a three-month trip during the worst months of March, April, and May.
We are headed to Fiji and New Zealand. They have been on our bucket list for years. Here is a map of our itinerary in New Zealand.
It is possible to have the best of all worlds. We are living examples of that. Meanwhile enjoy some past posts on my blog. I will return in December with many new stories.