We are Jac and Sam from 'Hit the Road Jac' Blog - Alawyer and a plumber who have packed in city life to travel around Australia for a year with our three kids (8,7 and 4). We are travelling in our Toyota Landcruiser (Bonnie) and a Complete Campsite camper trailer "The Shack".
The long story of our decision to take this trip is in my blog post - which you can read here. The short answer is that we were over city lives and stressful jobs, wanted to spend time with our kids and have a bit of an adventure
We had to sell our house, sell our car, out all our things in storage, quit our jobs, buy a land cruiser and a camper trailer (and wait to have the camper trailer made) - it was about a six month lead time before we hit the road
Getting away from schedules and stress and just heading off when we feel like it, and staying as long (or as little) as we want to wherever we go. And getting off the beaten track has been great. See our little video here....
We are finding distance education a little challenging at the moment especially when we don't have internet reception. But it is still early days so hopefully we will get the hang of it soon.
We are only a few weeks into our trip, and so far have loved it all. Mt Kosciusko was amazing, though the nights were a lot colder than we expected in the middle of summer.
The eldest children (Yr 4 and Yr 2) are doing a distance education program through Sydney Distance Education Primary School. We get paper material and there is an iPad program that we submit fortnightly. It usually takes a few hours a day but on the days we are travelling we can be pretty flexible, and there is lots we can get done as we are driving.
We looked into home schooling but it didn't work, as we don't have a fixed address at the moment and couldn't register in any state without this.
How easy it has been to forget about work! We have gone from crazy scheduled lives to a very cruisy existence and it has been wonderful. We have also been a little thrown by the decisions on where to go next. We had done no advance planning other than heading south-ish from Sydney. But now we are faced with whether to go north from Adelaide to Darwin, or whether to keep going along the coast to WA - and then how do we make sure we're in the right place at the right season? Suddenly it seems that one year won't be enough!
I can't say it hasn't been a challenge spending 24 hours a day together - but so far the good moments have outweighed the ratty, cranky, frustrating moments. We are all way more active and even our 4 year old is going on long bush walks. We are also all spending less times on phones and iPads and the kids are using their imagination and coming up with games and activities to keep themselves entertained. We are really enjoying a simpler life with less stuff and hopefully when we get back we will continue to get by with less. At the moment we are all about doing things, rather than having things.
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