(Flagstaff, AZ, USA)
Akando, Banshee, and Me!
As a computer programmer I have moved 10 times in 10 years - often over 1500 miles at a time! I call it 'chasing the gravy train'. As I have accumulated furniture and other detritus I feel that I have been spending far too much money on having a house or apartment that matches the size of my furniture - I end up with whole rooms I don't even use for anything but furniture! The big scare was when I ended up owning a house AND having to pay rent somewhere else - and found that there wasn't enough money to go around. I felt trapped and suppressed by the debt obligations - obligations which are minor compared to my income! Yet, I never seemed to make any progress on them as so much money went to housing.
When I was able to sell my house unexpectedly, I invested the minor proceeds in a older 36 foot 5th wheel and F250 to tow it with. If I can sell the little tacoma pickup truck that I don't need, I'm on track to be debt free by the end of the year. I've already paid my last house rent bill, and am going full time RV in two weeks. The next move is going to be trivial, short term contracts no longer a heavy compromise.
Downsizing this many possessions is a struggle and a grit-the-teeth decision, but I'm optimistic that the next few years are going to be good, very good indeed.
-David, Dhugal, Akando, and Banshee