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.