Can you believe in the 9 years we've had the cottage, we've never spent a whole week up there at once? Now before you jump to the conclusion it was all a waste of money, you need to remember all the other travel we do in a year as well as the role our cottage plays in our life.
It was never a substitute for travel and it was never to be the only thing in our lives. And it was purchased at a price that reflected the amount of use it was going to get (ditto for the ski condo). More importantly it was purchased with a plan in mind and we have reached a time where the results of that plan have finally come into fruition.
The cottage is a place where we can get clean air, access to beautiful waters, great trails, dark night time skies (Stars!), and a place where we can come down from the stresses of the week. Being around nature is a great way to do that. Our home is beautiful but it cannot replicate what we get up north.
We are now able to head up on a Wed night and stay there til Tues every time there is a Mon holiday day. All D has to do is work remote or take 3 days off. And now he can do so without any special permission. This is a life changer. Piece by piece we are fine tuning our lifestyle.
As we wrap up our first week up north, I cannot help but feel immensely grateful for how my life has turned out. I can speak for D too as he feels the same. It wasn't always this "easy".