Hi, I'm Bec - a happily married mother of two gorgeous children, business owner, entrepreneur, explorer, lover of tea, good books, sun, the beach and bush. Our family of 4 (Dad, Mum and Kiddies 9 & 8) have set off on the adventure of a lifetime in our rig "Ranger Steve", travelling, learning and exploring this mysterious and beautiful land, Australia. So for we have been on the road for 11 months and have to been to all states except for South Australia, Western Australia & Tassie.
The choice to change our lifestyle to travel was an easy one, as we love our country - the history of our first people, our unique flora and fauna, the hard-working pioneers, and how we have collectively grown into such a dynamic society. In a past life we were small business owners - we had little to no time to get out and travel with our kids. I mean, there is more to life than just work, right? We weren't meant to just pay bills then die!
You know when life presents you with a perfect opportunity, that if you don't take it, it will be gone forever? We were presented with a small window of about 4 months to prepare, purchase our van and organise before we set off. Both my husband and I were keen to see more of this amazing country, so we saw the opportunity and ran with it! Looking back now, I think if we overthought and agonised over the decision to travel, we would never have left. Sometimes you have to trust your gut - we did and have never looked back!
There have been a lot of joyful moments over the past year, but the biggest one is being able to watch our kids grow, learn and become more confident within themselves and towards other people. Before we left, my kids had anxiety and confidence issues with going to school and only had a few friends. Now, they are so outgoing, courageous and confident that I am constantly amazed. They make new friends in a snap any day of the week with any child. Our kids have learnt empathy and understanding towards others -they are kind, caring and love engaging with other people.
Our biggest challenge has been overcoming the negativity that has come with our decision to travel. Travelling full time is a huge lifestyle change and that comes with a huge mental shift from the traditional way of life to what basically amounts to living on a different planet for some. I wouldn't say that we have overcome it as such, but rather have accepted that not every one is happy with our choice. As we say, live & let live!
Number 1 for us is definitely walking up to the summit of Mt Kosciusko and seeing the picturesque snowy mountains in Summer - the flora is amazing and being on top of the world up there was such a humbling experience.
We've been saddened by the amount of rural towns that are slowly withering throughout Australia,
particularly in Western Queensland. Towns that have such rich history
are being left behind as people move to larger metropolitan centres -
Shops closed, windows boarded, homes vacant across the countryside.
We made the decision to home school our kids while on the road as we felt that it was more flexible with travelling. Both children use a combination of workbooks, activity sheets, apps and internet for schooling as well as learning on the go with field trips and excursions.
I am surprised we can all cope living in such a small space! We've realised that we don't 'need' a huge house in order to survive! I have to tell you that I love cleaning now - done in 5 mins flat! Being on the road and living small has given us a surprising new perspective how we live and the footprint we leave on the earth. We love living more consciously and making do with what we have, instead of living the throw-away lifestyle that has become the norm. I mean storage space is premium and we can only fit so much in! Would I love to have 20 pairs of shoes? Yes, I would! Do I have the space? Nope. Sad.
Our kids have grown so much within themselves and as parents, my hubby and I really know them as the amazing little people that they are. We have a great relationship with each other and our family dynamic is much better than before. We are more accepting, conscious, grateful and humble people and that in itself has been worth it.