When I first brought up my “dream” to sail around the world to Shelley, it was going to be for retirement without kids. Then we decided it would also be an awesome life experience for our kids, so it became a 10 year “idea”. But then I actually crunched the numbers and submitted a detailed proposal including a schedule and financial analysis to Shelley (that’s how we roll! She is a Chartered Accountant after all, so she’d expect nothing less), it turned out that we would be able to do a multi-year sabbatical in 6-7 years.
It includes most of our sailing milestones (blue flags on the timeline) as well as our planned future tasks (green bars below timeline) to gain the experience we feel we will need and/or want to achieve our goal.
Just a word on the “Set Sail” date which is currently set at the end of June 2020. This date is mostly set by our kids rather than a monetary goal. When we go on our adventure, we want our kids to be able to participate and remember it when they are older. Talking to other cruisers, the general consensus was that the best time to go sailing with kids was between the ages of 8 and 12. This way they are old enough to help out but not yet moody teenagers. So at the end of June 2020 (i.e. end of the school year) our kids will be 11 and 9. This is how we arrived at this date; however, we did plan our financials accordingly and we will post more on this in a future post.
Lastly, it is in no way complete yet, but we will try to keep it up-to-date and you will be able to find it on The Plan page.