When the going gets tough, the tough get resilient!

Some days are just darker. 

Everything you want to achieve still seems too far away, even though you’ve been trying for so long. You feel like you are punching brick walls, fighting unwinnable battles. You are drained of energy, your brain is mush and your heart is joyless. 

This last couple of days have been like that for me. So, I retreated into myself  for a bit and ‘nested’.

If like us, you are pursuing and unconventional lifestyle, an alternative way to earn your money, different from mainstream expectations, you know you have additional challenges, like finding financial stability or constantly have to defend your choices when faced with other people’s ignorance and prejudice. So, when your efforts don’t amount to any results or you have to deal with negative people all the time, it does get to you, right?

So, what can you do? Do you quit? Do you give in to sadness?NOOOO!!!!!!!

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Meet ‘Our Travelling Family’

How can you resist these smiling faces?

Welcome to our inspiration corner, guys! 

This is the true story of a charming, unique family that wants no more than to travel the world helping out whoever needs an extra pair of hands (or 5).

It is also a story about daring to turn your dreams into reality, no matter if you have to choose the road less traveled, teaching your children about compassion and the joy found in the simple things in life.

Karen was kind enough to put up with us and answer some of our questions:

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Motorhome Kitchen – The Essentials

 

Yummy chicken for lunch on a cold day

Just because your kitchen space decreased drastically in size, you shouldn’t automatically assume that you won’t be able to cook great tasting, nutritious meals any more. All you need to make everything work is a little creativity, meal planning and organization.

Our motorhome ‘Charlize’ had a tiny kitchenette, that consisted of 2 top and 2 bottom cupboards, a very limited counter top , 3 gas hobs and a sink. That doesn’t leave much room for food preparation.  

‘Charlize’s” kitchenette

When you think that everything kitchen related had to fit there as well, plus cleaning supplies and kitty food/litter stuff, storage was a huge challenge too. 

First, let’s talk kitchen essentials. Check out our list of chosen items below.

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Chewie & Pretty – Cats and Van Life

Our cats have been a part of our little family for 4 years now. There were only 2 months old when we brought them home and it was love at first cuddle!

Chewie

Chewie, a male white tabby cat, came first – a tiny little thing, very ‘meowyand demanding, always wanting company and attention, no matter what.

Today, he’s your typical spoiled teddybear scaredy-cat, who loves feathers, cuddles and long naps. He is the quieter of the two.

Pretty

‘Pretty’, a female tortoiseshell cat, was brought home 2 weeks later. She kept her cool and her distance from everyone in the beginning but eventually surrendered to her new loving family.

Today, she is the challenging one, always wanting to go out and explore, preferably on her own, no humans to cramp her style.

She loves kneading on woolly blankies, chasing wiggly strings and birds.

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Travelling: Arrabida Mountains, Portugal

Arrabida Mountains

Have you ever noticed that most people, when planning their trips, tend to dream about exotic and faraway destinations and forsake all  the beauty in our their own backyards?

We all do that, we do that too …

Nevertheless, it’s never to late to rediscover your home country – be it the area surrounding your home, your closest busy big city or quiet nature spot. Small, shorter trips have a lot of advantages:

  • It’s easier to travel there – you can take your own car, the train, the bus or even walk, if it’s really close by;
  • You are often surprised by what you discover about your own culture and country;
  • You can still travel if you are on a tight budget – it’s much cheaper than travelling abroad, you don’t have to worry about accommodation if you can return on the same day or even about meals if you bring your own;
  • You take your family and friends with you – (short) road trip!!
  • You don’t have to go too far, so you can plan around your working time.

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Van Life: How to choose your mobile home?

Considering we were total newbies to the Van Life world – all fantasy, no experience – choosing our future mobile home was quite the difficult task. Being such an important and definitive decision, it meant a lot of anxiety and sleepless nights, weighing pros and cons.

I can’t really tell you how to make that choice. What I can say for sure is that it really depends on yourself and what your needs and expectations are for your future van life experience. 

Let’s take a closer look at me and Pedro :

  • Couple still working “regular jobs” – nights for Pedro, mornings for me;
  • Proud “parents” of 2 lovely, but spoiled, house cats;
  • A working life centered in Cardiff, Wales, which would include short trips around town and the occasional long trip on holidays and days off;
  • Goal: Living full-time in a mobile home for a few years (or so we thought).

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