Where it all started. Well I had an ankle injury and had been waiting 2 years for surgery. The surgery took place in March 2018. Unfortunately, the surgery that took a little longer to recover from than usual. (Long story) The surgery made me house bound for a little over 3 months as I couldn’t drive.
One day while scrolling through Facebook, I saw an ad for a tiny house and thought wouldn’t it be great to downsize and travel in a tiny house with the 2 dogs. It got me thinking – Do I really need a 4-bedroom house with a pool for me and 2 dogs? Do we need all these lovely things in the house? They are just ornaments and appliances that can be replace.
I also follow a Ketogenic diet and has gone back to eating the native way. Which is probably where most of our downsizing and living a more simplistic life is coming from. I don’t want to be a millionaire’s as there is no-one to leave it to.
After lots of investigation, I realised that a tiny house is 4.5tonne (before adding anything into it), so that was the end of that idea as we would need a monster truck to tow it and was advised that they aren’t meant to be towed long term. So the idea of the Tiny House was put to bed but the idea of travelling Australia just wouldn’t go away.
So, the investigation took a different track – what would we needed to take, what needs to be added to the Everest to make it more off-road, off-road caravans, camping places, joining camping/caravan FB groups and how to travel with dogs.
I went through all the pros and cons of renting the house out or selling. She decided to sell (even though it goes against all our principles especially being a property accountant). Would I get a better price now or later? And who knows where she may decide to finally pull up stumps and if she does. So, the house went on the market and sold everything except a few keepsakes are going into storage at a friend’s house.
I even thought of selling the business as well but at this stage, I will work while on the road and if that means staying in one place for a few weeks to a month at a time to work then that’s fine.
The thought process at the moment is to do a lap of highway driving and once I have more confidence up with towing and getting the dogs used to travelling in the caravan, we will do off-road, dirt roads and off grid Caravanning. Lucky the dogs love driving in the car.
The plan was to leave around February/March, once school has gone back and the roads are a little quieter, although that had to change with the delay in the delivery of the new car. Where are we going first – who knows at this point, but it is the most asked question when explaining the life adventure.
Update as at 25th October 2018 – the house has sold and so has most of the furniture. We had to find a rental very quickly as there was a 23-day settlement on the house. We are rented a house with little furniture (it’s a bit like camping in a house) until the caravan is ready in mid-February 2019 (which was changed to March 2019).
The proceeds from the sale of house have been invested it so that the funds can grow and either help fund the adventure or to buy a house if we ever find a place around Australia that I fall in love with and never want to leave.
We moved into the caravan on 18th April 2019 at a friend’s property on the Sunshine Coast to get used to living in the van and to get a few more mods done to the car.
Update as of 13th June 2019 – we plan to hit the road next week after the stone stomper arrives and has been installed.
Thank you for following our travels
Marns, Bear & Bahloo