I have just started my summer break from work. Normally when I have three weeks off I am busy planning an adventure. This summer will be different as I am staying at home. As I wrote in my previous post, home is now Cyprus where I live with my Mrs and our dog Cleo (who has also returned to her home country of Cyprus). Instead of setting off on a long cycle ride across a country or on a trek in the mountains, I have decided to spend the three weeks with my family. There are a few reasons for this.
I’m taking the opportunity to settle into a new country with my family
This isn’t the first time I have lived in Cyprus. Two years ago I left Cyprus to return to the UK after spending two years here. But moving to any country can take a bit of getting used to. Simple tasks can become a challenge. Finding somewhere to walk the dog can be a nightmare. As can going to do a grocery shop. Having some time off to get settled in is invaluable.
Time off from work is always valuable. For the next three weeks, I have decided that the best use of this time is to spend it with my family.
I’m saving some money for future adventures
This year I have been lucky to go on some awesome adventures. Trekking in the Himalayas, skiing in the Alps and weekends on rivers and National Parks in the UK but all of this costs money. I’ve been lucky that the cost of many of these trips has been off set by the Army. But moving to a new country with your dog can be expensive. Pennies need to be saved before I can head off on any future expeditions.
Moving to a new country is an adventure
There is so much to see and do on the Island of Cyprus. The country is populated with tourists, visiting here on their summer holidays. Attracted by the fantastic weather, pristine water and epic stretches of beaches. It’s easy to forget that many of these tourists have paid thousands of pounds to come here with their family for three weeks. Once you live somewhere it can be easy to forget just how lucky you are. This is the view from my garden for the next year. For me, living here is actually costing less than it did to live in the UK. I’m actually getting paid slightly more for being in Cyprus. This principle is explained brilliantly by Rolf Potts in the book Vagabonding.
One of my favourite places in Cyprus is the Troodos mountains. Escaping the heat in the pine covered mountains is a welcome relief after spending time in the sun at the hotter coast. It’s also a great place to walk the dog. I plan to spend the next three weeks visiting new places, eating local food and relaxing by the coast.
An adventure does not have to be a solo expedition without family. Moving to a new country and starting a new job is a pretty big adventure. Different to a solo trek but an adventure none the less.
Time for adventures with the family
I spend a lot of time away from my family with work. I’ve just spent two weeks apart from my family and I’m due to go away on courses back in the UK over the coming months. It’s the nature of life in the forces. That is why time off is precious. This time I will be adventuring with the family for three weeks. I’m not too sure when my next solo adventure will be. At the moment I am enjoying being at home, settling into a new role at work and making new friends. I feel no real desire to put my body through the challenge of a solo adventure at this time. This is the plotting stage where plans for future adventures come from.
Future solo expeditions are on hold…for now