A probably silly question from a newbie... My husband and I are thinking seriously about leaving Japan to go back to eastern Canada and live as self-sustaining a life as possible. He can work from home some and I am not overly concerned about the ability to make monthly expenses. What does concern me, however, is that, given that we have an international family (Europe, Canada, US), how do you manage the occasional time off to see family or have a week for a vacation? One of the reasons we want to do this move is to enjoy family life and as might be expected, our extended famliy is also important to us. Any suggestions? We aren't planning farming on a large scale, but more the kind of large potager, fruit trees, chickens and, eventually, a cow for cheese that one sees on old French country homesteads. I would really appreciate your contributions and advice, especially things you wish you'd known when you started and how (if!) you've managed to also ever get away from your farm once you got to it! Many thanks!