About Us, Living The Dream
My wife Ellen comes from a family of nine and is of European background, her parents were Polish/Czech Republic and indeed, she had no camping experience at all.
I am from a family from Australia and there are seven in my family.
Together we had two children and now have six grandchildren, so it's a big family.
I was living with my brothers and sisters in a van from the age of six or seven and it stayed that way, up until when I got married.
So I am pretty well experienced in van living and towing a van is in my blood. We travelled to many places up and down the Queensland coast. In fact, I went to 15 different schools and made friends with so many people during that time. I believe I got a great life experience from that -- more than many would have had.
Not going into much detail, I worked in the construction industry for nearly 40 years and have enjoyed 40 years of married life.
We were living how you are expected to do, with a house, two cars and steady jobs. But I always had a dream of returning to the lifestyle of my young days -- and returned home after work one day to sit the wife down and tell her my vision and plans.
Well, after she settled down and the brown paper bag was not required, I let her think about it, speak to family friends and others, until she said after some months that she was happy to go ahead.
So we planned a two-year timeline to get rid of things and go travelling. Mind you, there were so many things to consider during that time.
I spent a good many weeks writing lists of stuff that we would require or need and set about sourcing them. Ellen stopped buying things for the house and started deciding what was going.
But not much happened in that first year or so, til maybe June 2016, when we got real serious with the house. A room at a time was cleaned out, stuff was put into boxes and marked to give away, sell, keep or junk. Funnily enough, most was junked.
Because you keep things, it's our nature.
We are a couple who retired after we looked at what they were working for and decided on a plan to travel that was over two years ago, since then have worked towards that goal. First we looked about till we found the van for the job and once we had that, we thought about what was needed in living at life in the van without losing to much comfort but staying as light and free of stuff as possible.
We got things we needed and added items from Satellite T.V. DVD player very small type, the chairs and other creature comforts needed,
We decided on getting good products rather than cheap which would need replacing in the short time.
After that it was a case of work to save and just make sure we did gain any debt doing this as once on road, jobs would not be a weekly thing.
I replaced fixed, serviced all possible things, so we could have a trouble free time, we looked at how to run cheap by reading about other people's travels and decided on trying house Sitting and farm sits as a means we get to meet the locals in the areas we are visiting and they will tell us of the places to visit, to date it is working well. How we get those place I have put the links to places we use in FAQ Page.
We have some cards made up with our details and leave them at places where others put cards on walls etc.
So plan to go on a travelling life not where to so much as the how and what with, once you have that, were ever you go you should be prepared for all that comes your way.
But mostly to do this before we get too old and can't get out and enjoy life and build those memories before it passes us by.
We are going to choose where we wake up and sleep, we will not have many of the things people have in their houses but, but many will be surprised on what we do have they don’t.
Can say you will get plenty of Photos and now that I am getting so much better with the Quadcopter a different view from above via video and photos as well.
So you have to visit from time to time and see where we are up to and what is going on in our world and don’t be afraid to mail or contact us for any info or help as we travel about.
Hope you enjoy our travels and web page to follow plus our face Book page for any News that we feel need to be put out there, and we do love to hear from other travellers and people who are thinking about travelling and need help
Dave & Ellen