Money: The first 4 months

This post is different from our others. Since we’ve received so much value from others who have shared the nitty gritty details about their travel expenses, we thought we would return the favor to the travel universe. So, if you’re just following us to keep tabs on where we are and what we’re up to, you can probably skip this one. If you’re travelling, or planning to be, and looking for another perspective on the cost of travelling in Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama, then read on.

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Disconnected?

Most modern careers are enhanced with numerous multi-function communication devices. Mine was no different. Loaded with a BlackBerry, iPad, in-car wireless service, and computer, I had the ability to keep up to date with business news and communicate to anyone wherever cell reception would allow. I became extremely reliant on technology as I fed my “Fear of Missing Out” syndrome (FOMO – it’s a thing).

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Changing perspectives on image: Thinning the wardrobe

In sales and business development, image is important. The clothes we buy and wear are influenced by how we feel we need to present ourselves and there is a tendency to buy newer and fancier clothes to define our image. Having worked in this career for several years, I had amassed a significant inventory of bespoke suits, ties and dress shoes, doing my best to impress clients and meet image expectation.

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Now what?

Life has a way of throwing pie in your face. Sometimes it stings, sometimes it introduces you to a yummy new taste to savor, and sometimes it does both.

At the beginning of October 2015, we were just beginning the 10-month planning stage of what was to be our triumphant leap out of the full-time workforce and into Phase Next when the unexpected happened. The high-tech company that I was working for announced another round of cost-cutting and my position was eliminated. Only a few weeks into planning and the factors have changed. Now what? Given the current economic climate in Alberta, and the fact that Ken works for a company heavily dependent on the oil and gas industry, it is highly possible that his job will be eliminated in the near future as well. Double now what?

See Our Story for what came before Now what?

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