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About Van Journey.....

We are Kate and Martin, we have two children Shannon and Phoebe – 10yrs and 8yrs when we set off.
 
Martin an Engineer and Kate a full time mum (a locum Veterinary Nurse before the arrival of our girls).
 
Our family has a strong history with nomadic life… growing up Kate travelled extensively worldwide with families work, including living in Australia – our family has hitchhiked reaching and exploring Iran, plus lived nomadically in vans with children and pets, adventuring Europe and the UK..… this was WAY before any internet, sat nav or vanlife trends – let us tell you once travel gets in your blood you’re hooked!
 
In 2017 we decided to ditch the bricks ourselves – sold/donated everything and cut all ties with bricks and mortar, to hit the road living full time in our van, along with our dog Milo and Shannon’s cat Topsy.
 
We then saved like crazy to head off to Europe for 2018, and have been to some insanely outstanding places….. along the way we met some adorable puppies, that had been dumped in the bins at a beach where we were staying, at just 6 weeks of age…. cue Cooper, our newest family member – he has travelled with us ever since!
 

Why Did We Hit The Road??

So our story starts after we successfully navigated ourselves out of some financial troubles in our early days – having squared ourselves up, we happened to be in the right place at the right time, when we were offered our dream country house – we were taken back as we never thought we would be able to afford this place, even to rent…. the owners knew us so we were a perfect fit, thus the rental price was a total a steal…. we sold our small terrace house and jumped right in.
 
This place was in some of Suffolk’s most beautiful countryside and gave us some of our most precious memories of the time …. fast forward 4.5 years and our work/life balance had become way out with Martin’s job, meanwhile our kids are growing up so fast…. we decided we were done chasing rainbows and wanted our time, our lives back.
 
We‘ve always had a real passion for travel and the outdoors, from holidays overseas to days out, or just getting out and about walking the dogs.   We found ourselves with less and less time to do this… we knew we wanted to change our lifestyle in a big way!
 
Forever having itchy feet (no not literally), looking back at our own stories and hearing the stories from our relatives – we felt there was more to life than working to pay bills…. we had very little spare time to call our own, to enjoy the people that really matter – time with each other. 
 
Somehow we had gotten caught up building this life that we thought we were ‘supposed’ to – house, car, good job working long hours, blah blah….. yet the fire within us for cutting loose still burnt strong, so we ditched the daily grind for the life we choose.
 
It was a family decision, initially dreamed up by us (Kate and Martin), totally back by the kids – this answered their dandelion wishes of daddy not having to head off to work anymore (or much less anyway).
We already home educate, so this amazing lifestyle 100% fits with us, both Shannon and Phoebe have absolutely flourished since moving into the van, thriving and learning more than ever living this way of life.

Why A Van?

We looked relentlessly into our options – narrow boat, wide beam boat, caravan, 5th wheel, motorhome, big overlander, 4×4 with roof tent, horse drawn home, tent + backpack (with or without push bikes!!), a vehicle to drive to places and stay within the community – you name it there’s a good chance we’ve viewed or considered it!!
 
We settled for a motorhome – we needed to get ourselves out of the house and away from the bills to regain control of our lives… this ticked the boxes to get us on the move as quick a possible…. there heaps of reason why the other options were not for us at this point – we won’t unpack that all here it will be a LONG write up!!… as advocates for alternative living, we happily discuss our experiences and share our knowledge with you in our consults.
 
Right now our home is our self converted off grid 4×4 campervan – it’s smaller than our motorhome, yet not as much as you may think!…. living for 2 years in the motorhome gave us the ability to tackle the build armed with what we want and need from our tiny living space.
Martin being an engineer we were able to take it to the next level and we are really happy with the outcome!
 
In future who knows what’s next….. the ideas of a horse drawn home or a boat in warm climes are both appealing to us, yet very different – only time will tell hey!… for now we’re LOVING life and embracing every moment.

Where Have We Been?...

So far we have adventured to 27 countries plus 5 Greek Islands (21 in the van) – sure its not always easy going, but that is life and we have made the most amazing memories, our family is stronger than ever and we have no plans to return to house-life……. WE HAVEN’T LOOKED BACK!

We keep on rolling – around the UK, Europe and beyond – come along for the ride, our followers are like family!

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The Best Experiences Ever

"This is a full time lifestyle for us, we have had the best time as a family and have been to some insanely amazing places, experienced different cultures, created lifelong memories and embraced simplicity...... sharing all this as a family has been incomparable"
Martin and Kate
Van Journey


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