‘Find­ing our feet again’

Cou­ple touches back down in P.E.I. to plan next move af­ter 18 months of globe-trot­ting

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY SALLY COLE sally.cole@The­Guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/Sal­lyForth57

Trevor Davis and Chris­tine Healey have trav­elled the world for the past 18 months.

Car­ry­ing only the bare ne­ces­si­ties in their back­packs, the cou­ple has trekked over 100,000 km and vis­ited 28 coun­tries.

They re­turned to Canada about six weeks ago. Since then, they have been mak­ing their way across the coun­try, con­nect­ing with fam­ily and friends. The cou­ple touched down in Char­lot­te­town on Mon­day to re­flect on their ad­ven­tures.

“If I picked one place I could see liv­ing it would be Slove­nia. It has a mix of cos­mopoli­tan cities, beau­ti­ful coun­try­side, moun­tains and coastal fish­ing vil­lages,” says Davis, who calls P.E.I. home.

For Healey, the best ad­ven­ture was step­ping out of her com­fort zone.

“One of my take­aways is how much you learn. You’re learn­ing about new cul­tures as well as the his­tory of the lan­guage that you’re vis­it­ing. Trav­el­ling also helps you grow as a per­son, be­come more in­de­pen­dent and more adapt­able,” says Healy, who is from On­tario.

Their lat­est ad­ven­ture in­volved tour­ing Aus­tralia, Cam­bo­dia, Ja­pan, Laos, Malaysia, Thai­land and Viet­nam.

“It was awe­some and com­pletely dif­fer­ent than trav­el­ling in Europe. In Europe we stayed in short-term ren­tal apart­ments or bed and break­fasts so we could self-cater. In Asia, it was harder to do be­cause the gro­cery shop­ping is very dif­fer­ent,” says Davis.

Be­cause take­away was in­ex­pen­sive and so abun­dant, they bought fried noo­dles and other food items from the street ven­dors.

“We were eat­ing in al­ley­ways and sit­ting on the side­walk on these lit­tle plas­tic stools. We didn’t have any restau­rant ex­pe­ri­ences. We did what the lo­cals did,” says Healey.

Now, back in Canada, they are re­flect­ing on the next step of the jour­ney.

“We both loved trav­el­ling . . . But it con­curred in both our minds that we wanted to set­tle in Canada….So we kind of want to set­tle down a lit­tle bit and find our feet again,” says Davis. But where?

“We both like Bri­tish Columbia. We like the in­te­rior of B.C. es­pe­cially. So, we’ve booked a short-term apart­ment for four weeks (in Septem­ber) to see whether we like liv­ing there.”

“But I still like the East Coast life­style, and my par­ents would love it if I came back to P.E.I. or the Mar­itimes. Chris­tine’s par­ents would love it if we stayed in On­tario. We can go any­where.”

The two, who spent a decade work­ing in high-pres­sure fi­nance jobs be­fore tak­ing off on a world tour, are not re­turn­ing to their pre­vi­ous ca­reers.

“We need to find a path that we are more pas­sion­ate about; one that pro­vides us with a bit more in­de­pen­dence. So find­ing a bet­ter bal­ance is a pri­or­ity when de­ter­min­ing our new path,” says Davis, who is lean­ing to­wards a ca­reer in wine or tourism.

He’s pos­i­tive about the fu­ture. “If things don’t work out for us, it will be spring­time in South Amer­ica be­fore too long. Maybe we’ll move there.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Trevor Davis and Chris­tine Healey stand out­side the Ni­jojo Castle in Ky­oto dur­ing their visit to Ja­pan. The cou­ple, who quit their high-pres­sure fi­nance jobs to en­joy life, has just re­turned from an 18-month world trip.

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