Our initial idea was to travel for 1 year, something like “let’s do it now, before we cannot do anymore”, it would be 1 year full of every kind of experiences and then back to the typical life ‘house-car-dog’… But one thing I’m learning is how to adapt and change plans, and I am loving it! In early May we got our New Zealand residency, but so it turns permanent, we have to stay here at least 6 months of each of the first 2 years. Well, traveling for 6 months is not bad too.. And we started seeing the good side of it.. actually we don’t have to take 1 year of our lives to do this and then stop, we can travel for 6 months now.. other 6 months later.. And looking closer, we’ve been on the road for more than 1 year, since we left Brazil, and we still have no idea when we are going back home.
We both work under permanent contract here and we were decided to quit. As soon as we decided the date we wanted to leave, we spoke to our bosses, well in advance. We’ve been bosses before and we know how important it is! To our surprise, their answers were very similar..
“Are you coming back to New Zealand? Would you like to continue working with us? Then you don’t have to quit.. just let me know the dates you’re leaving and returning.” What??! But it’s 6 months! In fact I would never imagine this happening in Brazil, but here it seems to be even common! Something that Phil (Felipe’s boss) called “sabbatical leave”.
Yes, we will be tied here, but we would be coming back here anyway, and it will be nice to return with a guaranteed income and to jobs that we both like!