are the James Family of 4, with Miss 6 and Miss 8. After taking 2 years to
convert an old school bus into a motorhome, have now been on the road for 2 and
a half years. We live full time on the road for a different sort of pace
instead of the ‘rat race’! We have already completed a ‘half lap’, in that time,
and are backing up to complete a full lap – when it will end, we are not sure!
was fairly easy to start TAWKing as we talked about it after a Big Lap we did just
after we got married, which we enjoyed so much that we made ourselves settle
down to have kids and get the pram and nappy stage out of the way before we
would travel again. I also did a few ‘Laps’ as a kid growing up which were
obviously good memories!
always spoke of doing it for a long time, so we wanted to be well set up
and comfortable. As I travelled as a kid, in a old converted bus, I thought it
would suit our style as well. After settling on a bus that was in good
condition, we started the long tedious job of a conversion. (see pics)
The overall experience that we have had since being on the road has been an adventure! To be able to show our girls this great free land we live in is one of the biggest excitement!
of the biggest challenges so far is juggling the schooling while travelling.
When we stop for some work it isn’t as bad as they get used to a routine, but
when your on the move trying to see all new exciting stuff, gets quite the
challenge to keep up a normal load.
We have been to some fairly remote places and some not so remote, but by doing the lap this way, we can time it so it is not busy and over crowded.
Some of the high lights so far would be Cobourg Peninsula and the Limestone Coast, but from previous experiences know we are heading into some other great places!
One of the disappointments we have incurred on our travels so far is the excessive costs that caravan parks are charging, not only for a site but what they try and charge for kids, especially when we are fully self contained. We do our best to free camp when possible – it helps to keep costs down (as we also factored in when building our motorhome to be ‘off the grid’)
There has not been any ‘big surprises’ in our travels as we knew what to expect by being seasoned travellers already. Now TAWKing its interesting seeing it through their ‘eyes’.
If there is any advice I could give is to, just go for it!! There is a setup that works for everyone and their budget. Everyone has a different idea on how they want to do it and where/what they want to see.
Most of all you just need to commit to an idea and/or build up to the bigger adventure.In our time we have met many on the road either just for a few days to some for many years, with all types of set ups.
It doesn't really matter what the setup, it just matters getting away from the normal ‘rat race’ and having an adventure!
As I grew up in a TAWKing family, there was always a chance that I would be a TAWKer as well. As we are ‘living on the road’, we are travelling at a more slower pace than most out there, as we stop and work where needed. In doing this method we get to know places and people in them fairly well, so we get more of an opportunity to find out the ‘better highlights’ of the area than people passing through for a day or two.
Its what some call a ‘lifestyle’ thing just as you have in so many other careers, its just that we have wheels on our home and ‘home’ is where we park!
Gettin There crew.
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