¨The prospect of going home is very appealing¨.
While I was traveling nine months a year, I also spent three months a year with a girlfriend in Montreal. I think having a home-base with her was a very important part of my success as a Fifty-Plus Nomad because:
- It was nice to have someone to talk to you regularly while I was on the road. I usually called her around twice a week to talk about what I had seen and done. These calls helped me feel grounded;
- I enjoyed being part of my girlfriend’s life. It was great to attend events with her family and friends;
- After three to four months at a time on the road, I looked forward to going back to Montreal. It was nice just doing everyday things like going grocery shopping, etc. It was also lovely to talk to my girlfriend daily;
- Conversely, after three or so months a year in Montreal, I looked forward to traveling full-time. I missed the freedom of continually seeing and discovering new places, people, and experiences;
- I enjoyed getting to know one place, Montreal, in-depth. It is a remarkable city filled with many things to see and do. Montreal is also convenient to many great places in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States;
- For the first time in my life, I consistently indulged my passion for cultural events. Over the nine summers I spent in Montreal, I attended over 100 cultural performances (opera, concerts, plays, ballets, etc.) at many venues throughout the City.
- It is good to be in one place long enough so that you can do a lot of everyday things easily. I often would wait until I got to Montreal to do a lot of necessary items that would be difficult to do on the road. (i.e., sending and receiving mail, addressing bureaucratic concerns, etc.)
- If you do not have a home, it is good to have a place to store items that you return to regularly. When I was traveling all the time, I was grateful that I had a place in Montreal to put clothes and paperwork that I did not need regularly.