An interview with Al and Shelly McCullough
Vanessa recently took the opportunity to ask Al and Shelly McCullough of SellAllYourStuff.com a few questions about their nomadic, minimalist lifestyle.
In 2014, Al and Shelly sold most of what they owned in Canada and headed for Panama. We found out how they dealt with the transition, how they overcame any obstacles along the way, and how house sitting now features in their lives. Their answers are fascinating, enlightening, and often very entertaining.
Vanessa: Was there a “light bulb” moment that initiated the plan to sell up and travel?
Al: I think it was when the company I was working at closed. It was yet another disappointment in a string of IT cubicle jobs for me. Downsized. Restructured. Company Closed. Clearly IT wasn’t where I was meant to be.
Shelly was the driving force behind the life change though. We had a “retire at 50” plan, which we changed to “Freedom 45”, then “40”. Finally we just said, “screw the plan – let’s just go!”
To answer the question, it wasn’t so much as a light bulb moment, but more a series of events that transpired, expediting the process.
Vanessa: What prompted the move from Canada to Panama?
Al: An easy transition in regards to spelling. Switch a ‘C’ with a ‘P’ and a ‘D’ with an ’M’ and you easily go from Canada to Panama.
In all honesty it was the lower cost of living, back when our Canadian dollar was much higher, so we could figure out what to be when we grew up, but moreover, to have some fun and enjoy life.
Too many people save for a retirement that doesn’t last that long (if they even make it to retirement). We weren’t looking for a retirement lifestyle, or to do intense backpacking travel across the world, we just wanted to do something totally different for us ….
(article continues in Issue 1 of “House Sitting Magazine”…)