Our story - motorhome and roses

Our story (so far)

We’re a family of 4 from England who have renovated a 20 year old motorhome (still a work in progress!), packed up 10+ years of possessions, said our goodbyes, and are now travelling around Europe.

In April 2016 we bought an old motorhome with plans to do it up and travel around Europe as a family. To spend more time together as a family, and maybe even discover a new path for the next part of our life. In March 2018 we left our home, and in July 2018 we left for France.

Why the ‘Baby Bus’?

Why the ‘Baby Bus’? The day that we went to view our motorhome, we needed some way to describe to our then two and a half year old daughter what we were going to see. Charlie described it as a ‘baby bus’, being the closest thing she could think of that our daughter would understand. It has affectionately stuck and we still all call it our baby bus.

The Baby Bus is in fact a Fiat Ducato Burstner, left-hand drive, originally imported from Germany 20 years ago.

Our story - Playmobile motorhome

Where are we up to?

Updated December 2018

We have been travelling around Europe for 5 months and been through France, Italy, Slovenia, back into Italy, and now back in France.

We travelled the length of France to get to the Pyrenees to watch a stage of the Tour de France at the end of July. In August we had to escape the 40 degree temperatures inside the van and take refuge in a hotel. We spent August and September in Italy, highlighted by a van troubles, a holiday with family, and lots of time spent in the Friuli-Venezi Giulia region.

At the end of September we headed into Slovenia and fell in love with this beautiful country. We enjoyed welcoming in autumn here, before heading back into Italy in October. Securing a housesit over Christmas in France changed our plans to head to Greece for the winter, so we returned to France at the end of October. November and December have been spent renting a gite in the Dordogne.

Travel dreams

On the road Charlie plans to write about:

  • Travelling in a motorhome with a young family and (what we imagine) the challenges that’ll bring!
  • She also wants to share her love for local, seasonal, regional food – think local markets, tasty ingredients, and cooking in the van. Perhaps even cooking over a fire.

We’re hoping to try and live in an eco-friendly and low waste way on the road, so she also hopes to share if and how this is possible. Cloth nappies whilst travelling full time in a motorhome? Hmm.

Our story - Fiat Ducato Burstner motorhome

Nick hopes to share:

  • Some practical posts on living in the motorhome, and envisages a series of “how NOT to’s” based on our own trial and error.
  • Our travel budget. As the master of our tight living budget, he’d like to document some of that too.

Neither of us are big fans of tourist attractions and doing loads of paid activities, so we’re hoping to explore the alternatives and share holiday inspiration for those looking for something a little quieter and slower.

Who are we?

We’re a family of 4 from the UK – Charlie (mum), Nick (dad), plus our two daughters who are 5 and 1 years old. Three years ago we bought an old motorhome to fulfill a desire to change our lives.

For a while we’ve both had this feeling growing inside us that we don’t want to be in the same life 10 years from now. The birth of our eldest daughter was the catalyst that made us both see that we wanted to try something different, even if we decided to come back to the same life after it.

We had a growing discomfort that we’d followed a path set out for us by someone else – get a degree, get a job, buy a house, do it up to sell for more than we bought it for, work our way up the job ladder, repeat, repeat. Tick, tick tick. Starting our own family made us question whether that’s what we really wanted.

Our story - Charlie and Nick

In January 2018 Nick handed in his letter of resignation after 10 years with the same company. Part of this journey for him is to have time to reevaluate what he wants to do career wise. Charlie runs her own business, an eco wedding directory, which we’ll be ‘taking with us’ on the road. It’ll be our main income to support our travels, at least to begin with.

So here we are, making ourselves take a leap. Neither of us are big risk takers, our holidays are always thoroughly organised and planned out, but we need to make ourselves leave without a route. No plan, no destination, no certainty of where we’re ending up. For us, it feels bloody scary.

What next?

Come find us on Instagram for regular updates on where we’re up to!