A new chapter in life.
We’ve watched loved ones lose their health and their lives.
We’ve seen friends who had a dream for their twilight years unable to follow that dream.
So, we decided that while we still have the blessing of good health, we’d make life as full and meaningful as possible.
Mind-numbing daily routine
Apart from the occasional holiday or weekend drive, our world was small and growing smaller.
The scenery consisted of the same streets, the same workplace, the same houses and landscapes day after day. Conversations about mundane details of living started to dominate our conversation. It was like we were losing the ability to discuss anything outside of mediocrity.
We were becoming OLD!
In short, we were becoming old, not so much in our physical bodies but our thinking. Our mental age was overtaking our physical age. We started to think like people who believed that all the opportunities for adventure, achievement and excitement were over.
Family and friends are important to us
We love our family and friends dearly but would we lose touch or fail to be there when needed?
As important as friends and family are we had to admit that very few of the year’s 8736 hours involved face to face contact with them.
The bulk of those hours were spent in our own company.
Would life on the road diminish the love we have for friends and family? As we spoke to them of our plans, it became obvious that it would not, and we received only encouragement from them to “Do It”.
It was time to break free!
We decided to off and discover this great land of ours. We couldn’t afford to wait for the “perfect timing”, till all the ducks were in the correct row, so to speak.
We knew that perfect timing was a fantasy, and waiting for it was folly.
So on the 9th of December 2010, we took a leap of faith into the unknown!
The 1971 16 foot Viscount caravan
Our home was initially the lovely old 1971 Viscount Caravan that was in the family for 30 years. It had already been around Australia, and we renovated it to allow us to live and work as we travelled.
We had to work to provide finances through software design and internet marketing so we transformed
the little Viscount making a compact office.
The transformation from living in a conventional house to living in a 16-foot van was dramatic, especially where ones “Thing collection” is concerned. A major culling of belongings was the first and most painful aspect of our decision.
Out with the “thing” collection
We basically rid ourselves of a lifetime of material goods collecting.
As we cast off and rid ourselves of our “thing collection”, we began to experience a freedom that only those who have “Culled the Clutter” can understand.
Life seemed lite and unbusy.
After a period of settling in and learning from experience, life on the road became continually more enjoyable as we began to learn just how little a person can own and still be deeply contented every day.
Sure there are ups and downs, but overall we’ve not regretted for a minute our decision to live on the road.
Living simple and free
We love living in our simple and compact home.
We enjoy the freedom to go wherever we desire and take on whatever challenges may present themselves. We love meeting and talking to the many people we meet who have a similar mindset and outlook.
We came to a point in time where knew we would not be giving up the lifestyle any time soon.
Although we dearly loved the old Van, we wanted the room to live more easily and organised rather than the constant “packing and unpacking” of life in the 16 foot Viscount.
The 20 foot Aussie Wide caravan
We purchased our 20 foot Aussie Wide Caravan which has given us the most simple, enjoyable and organised life on the road that any human can wish for.
The “Old Girl” goes to a great home.
We gave the old Viscount to a lovely young couple in Melbourne who keep in touch regularly and send us photos of the “Old Girl” as she enters into yet another phase of providing endless joy for the third generation of young family caravaners – something it has been doing non-stop for 35 years.
We are thankful every day for the opportunity to live life Wandering Australia.
We work at our online business while on the road.
We’ve changed our office setup many times during the last 10 years.
The office that we built in the “Old Girl” when we first hit the road was the best by far so, after many different annexe based configurations we decided to rebuild the interior of the van so that we could do away with setting up the annexe every time we stopped,
It wasn’t just the annexe that was a pain, it was setting up 2 desks, reassembling dismantled office chairs reconnecting computers, monitors and printer etc. We began to get to the point where we dreaded moving because of the strip down and setup process.
In addition, we wanted to be legal (weight wise) lite and simple. Our annexe setups were always HEAVY!
Every attempt to get that perfect setup failed for one reason or another until we took the caravan to the Caravan Repair Centre on the Sunshine Coast. The Caravan Repair Centre were the people who built;t our office in the old Viscount van when we first hit the road.
We had a rough sketch of what we wanted but Brad, the manager, helped us refine the design by suggesting what would and what would not work. This company and its people were fantastic to work with.
We moved the hot water system from under the cafe seating to the front boot, stripped out the seating and added a narrow bench each side of the table for the computers.
The results were far and away above our expectations.
We thoroughly recommend the caravan repair centre.