We are Karen and Colin Trace. We have been together for 14 years this year. I am from Cornwall originally and moved to the Midlands in 1995. Colin is originally from Kent and moved to the Midlands in 1991. We have both been very focused up until now on building our careers. I have worked in the property industry for the past 22 years and I was up until recently a Lettings Area Director looking after 22 offices for a large corporate estate agent. Colin has always been in Construction and was working for a Top 5 contractor as a design manager.
We both live by the same ethos – Life is for living and should be enjoyed every day. However, a usual working week for me was a minimum of 50 hours plus per week.
We are in our forties- I am 43 years old and Colin is 45 years old. I do not have any children of my own and Colin’s daughter is now 25 years old, I started thinking there must be more we can do than be caught up on the corporate treadmill. I came across some blogs of people travelling Europe in a motorhome and I fell in love with the idea-I just needed to sell the idea to Colin !! It didn’t take much and we decided yes why not? Lets do it! We just needed to decide how to do it.
Although we have both had reasonably good jobs we love to live life to the full. We like nice holidays, we drive nice cars and our lifestyle is great. We aren’t frivolous with money but we are in a fortunate position that we aren’t watching every penny we spend. Luckily Colin is much more sensible with money than I am and he has made sure that we have got some savings behind us.
So we put our house onto a buy to let mortgage, have sold what we can on eBay and in local newspapers, anything we wanted to keep has gone into storage and here we are and off we go!