We decided to pack up our city life and venture to the tropics predominantly because we wanted a slower pace of life, and we wanted to spend more time together as a family. As young parents with a 2 year old and a 1 year old, both Daniel and I working and all that comes with normal family life, things were pretty hectic. It was go go go from early in the morning until last thing at night, 6 days a week. On Sunday, we’d ‘recover’ by doing the weekly shopping, cleaning, ironing and cooking. That basically was our limited time to spend together as a family. It was nothing out of the ordinary, really, but we just knew there had to be a better way than enduring this crazy routine for the foreseeable future.
Now we’re able to spend each and every day together as a family, we go to the beach, river or waterfall several times a week, and our kids are always nearby, even when we’re working. We have help with that of course! Wow, it makes such a difference to our quality of life compared to what we would be doing back in our home country, which is dropping the kids off at daycare each day at 7am, commuting to the city for work, then picking them up at 6 in the evening, just to get ready to do it all over again the next day.
Family time, time in nature, having the time and resources to be healthy and fit, and living life on our own terms – that’s what this lifestyle really means to us.