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!!!!!!!
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:
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.
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).
One year before we left for the Super-Dooper-Full-Time-Motorhome-Living-With-Cats experience, we furiously and aggressively started saving money to buy our mobile home.
Minimizing and determining the essentials to take with us was our first major challenge. We still didn’t have a definite idea of what vehicle we were going to buy and make our own, but we knew we wouldn’t have much storage available. In this series of posts, I will do my best to describe how we downsized our belongings and simplified our lives, hoping we can help others facing the same problem.
Let’s begin the decluttering wars by addressing the unruly bundles of clothing you own. This includes items of clothing, shoes, accessories, bedding, bathroom and kitchen items, since you are going to need all of those in your daily life, no matter where you go/live. Look into wardrobes, chests of drawers, boxes, storage containers – overstuffed and busting with clothes.