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Any Regrets?

By The Ithaka - Published October 20, 2006 - Viewed 12035 times

Any Regrets?

Arlene H. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, writes that she and her husband are in the exit lounge, getting ready to quit their jobs and set off next summer on their Bavaria 47 for long-term cruising. She writes: "We're getting a lot of advice from people as we get closer to our cruising date. Did you get any bad advice before you left home? Any regrets?"

From Bernadette: Well, we wish we'd sold our home closer to the top of the real estate market, and we sure wish we'd gotten out of the stock market sooner. But otherwise, we have no regrets of much importance. There is one piece of advice I got, or read, over and over again, which I followed, and that I now regret a little. Lots of cruisers told us to rid ourselves of our possessions before going cruising. So, we saved a few special pieces of family furniture, some favorite artwork, and many boxes of photos and mementos, but by and large we sold everything else. Funnily enough, now that I'm out here, I realize I'm a little more sentimental about some of the items we let go than I thought I'd be. Ultimately, though, they're all just things, and things can be replaced. But if you have any second thoughts about anything you have, and you have a place to store it, just keep it for the future. Someday, you'll be back home and might like to have it again. One thing we don't regret, however, is quitting our jobs, and setting off when we did. Perhaps, if we'd waited, we would've had a bigger financial cushion, and that would have been nice. But, now that we're out here, we've learned that we like getting by on less, the cruising life is relatively cheap, and that the most important thing (and sometimes the most difficult) is putting one foot in front of the other and moving out of the old and into the new. It feels great to have done that.

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