We all have interruptions – its otherwise called life and often its unexpected…
Have you ever made big plans and then something happens that almost derails everything ? Its almost as if the universe is saying, “how much do you really want this?” Even before we left for our 18 month working trip around the world with three kids, we had a bit of a set back. In October 2013 I had a TIA – a minor stroke – out of no where! As a healthy 44 year old, mother of 5, marathon runner, award winning business owner and soon to be world traveller, it didn’t add up at all. It certainly wasn’t in our ‘plan’. The whole event was actually harder on Simon than on me, I think men usually feel that they will die before their wives, and here I was giving him a serious scare – Sorry, Honey! However, instead of wallowing in what this might or might not mean to my long term health, we used it as yet another reason to realise our dream to travel with the kids and our business – after all, yesterday is history, tomorrow is fiction – today is all we really have. So we got on with our preparations to leave Australia.
As you can imagine that wasn’t the last time that life threw us a curve ball while we were nomadic for 18 months. Unfortunately, I was also involved in another little unexpected hick up. We’d been on the road for about 5 months and found our selves in bustling Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Like many travellers in Asia I picked up a little food poisoning (I had only just been patting myself on the back for not having any tummy trouble in our trip). During one of many trips to the toilet that night (by then it was 5am) I somehow managed to faint and hit my head on the porcelain toilet! The next thing I remember is hearing Simon yell to the kids – wake up, wake up, go get the doctor, mums dead! …
Oh dear…. I tried to whisper as loudly as I could – “no I’m not!”
Apparently in the half dark of our room Simon had heard a dull thud coming from the bathroom and when I didn’t respond to his, “everything ok?”, he rushed in and found me unconscious, my head wedged between the toilet and the wall and resting in a pool of blood. When he lifted my eyelid my pupils where unresponsive and he couldn’t find a pulse…. Hence I was dead, in his mind.
Once we established that I was in fact alive with a nasty gash in my head – and after I sat up and promptly fainted again (Simon caught me this time ;-)) – it appeared medical attention was in order.. Long story short, I received 5 stitches in my head, spent 2 nights in the Royal Phnom Penh Hospital and got in a lot of reading/catching up on work time 🙂 Apart from the bump on my head and the pain that it caused, it wasn’t such a bad experience for me. I can’t say the same for Simon, again I’d put him through the unthinkable, and again I said sorry – a lot!
From a travel and work perspective – if you’re planning to leave your country while you work from anywhere, travel insurance is a must – this little accident of mine could very well have derailed our further travel plans. As it was we had to delay heading to Siem Reap by 2 days. Without travel insurance I suspect we would have been forced back to Australia to work out how to pay the thousands of dollars a hospital stay in a foreign country can be!
Thats just a couple of the things that interrupted our work from any where adventure – there were plenty more, including car accidents in Italy (yes, two) and a sprained ankle in England. Be assured that life will throw plenty of interruptions in your path to a Work From Anywhere lifestyle – but if the dream/desire is strong enough these things will either make you stronger or become the reason you’re doing this in the first place 🙂
Have you had any major life events that have shaken you enough to re-evaluate what is important to you? Maybe thats why you’ve decided to explore a slightly unconventional life 🙂
Andy spends his time away from the computer cycling or hiking up mountains or catching a wave on his SUP.