The decision making
When do you make this decision and based on what? This can of course be different for everyone, but it will be roughly based on two things: budget and (external) circumstances.
The starting point, of course, was calculating whether and how our plan could work from a budgetary point of view. For us it meant that we would have to work for a few more years. In addition, our experience shows that the dream grows with you over the years and becomes more and more present, and that we started to focus our lives more and more on this dream as its fulfillment became more realistic. For example, the moment dreams become plans, we started handling our purchases differently; Ikea was visited less frequently, and fewer "nice to have things" were also bought for the home.
And then the external circumstance. Together, we have four children, three of whom live independently and one who just can’t seem to find a suitable place to live. She still lived with us, which was a reason not to just pack up and leave. But it will probably be recognizable to everyone that things happen in your life, in family circles, sad events or just at a moment in your life when you wonder when it is the right time to really take action. Perhaps we should no longer wait for the ideal moment. After all, you only get one life. Corona also affected us a lot, because the more our wanderlust was limited by all the restrictions and regulations, the more we fantasized about that one dream; live in our motorhome.
So, we started calculating, we started talking, we started thinking. And during that process, there were suddenly some medical issues for both of us that were fortunately resolved very well, but which did provide a huge wake up call; another trigger after one of us ended up in hospital out of the blue. The following Saturday, at home on the couch, we looked at each other and we came back to the subject. Are we going to wait or are we going to do it now? We both chose the latter. Then the execution could begin.