For those who don’t know us, Mark and I had a goal for over 10 years of owning a home in a foreign country, and retiring at a “young” age (exact age yet to be determined). Where did this desire come from? Well, I’ll tell you.
We have always loved to travel, especially to tropical locales. About 11 years ago we took a trip that would forever change the way we looked at the world. We went to the Bahamas Island of Exuma and rented a houseboat for the week – this was by far the coolest thing we had ever done! The houseboat could travel the 5 mile by 10 mile calm waters off of Exuma between the main island and many smaller islands that created a barrier to the waves of the Atlantic. We didn’t know at the time that this was a major gathering spot for liveaboard sailboaters whose lifestyles we would find so appealing, and that they would become the catalyst for a major life change for us.