- 4yr epic family van trip
17 years with 4 kids born along the way
Logistically speaking these epic trips don’t take loads of panning because you can’t plan it all. Lots of changing plans on the fly, meeting random people who can help you or point you in a new direction. Occasionally heading back where you cane from when you realise your well thought out plan isn’t possible.Posted 6 months agofalkirk-markMember
Amateurs the lot of them for this you need the GermansPosted 6 months agopondoMember
Like – ace, definitely, but does that have an effect on their kids? Do they even know how to make friends? Kevin McCloud did a series about ultimate get-away-from-it-all houses, tropical islands and suchlike, and whilst I’d love to do something like that or this trip, I’d be tempted to wait until the kids are old enough to fly the nest so they can choose whether or not to come and when to go.Posted 6 months agoEdukatorMember
I have the time and the money and no inclination. A few weeks on the road is enough for me. After five weeks cycle camping with junior when he was 7, he asked to go home, so we did. When we did Compostelle with him at 17 he caught the bus back home to see his mates after 500km. We lived in a T2 for a year in 90/91 when you could park almost anywhere, I haven’t been a great fan of van living since.Posted 6 months agopondoMember
I only did 6 months, and know a family that did it for 12, but it has an immeasurably positive effect on kids and their ability to do almost anything – especially make friends.
Well, fair play then. 🙂
Probably depends on whether they are interacting with new people every day or in some isolated spot with no other humans
They were “build a house on an island no-one’s ever set foot on before”, “45 minute boat-ride to the neighbours” sort of things. Given a big enough supply of books, I’d have loved them but I might have been a bit bored if me mum and dad had packed us off there as kids.Posted 6 months ago
In the 6 months I was on the road I earned 4k (cost of trip – including costs incurred at home – was 12k).
I could easily have earned more (doing the same job as I’ve done for 12 years now), but that wasn’t the point of the trip.
So it is probably doable. But in a lot of these cases, I think they are just minted 🙂Posted 6 months agotrail_ratMember
i work with a lad who worked till he was 30 . sold the house and spent 3 years touring europe in an old sierra wit his wife.
made me wonder how long i could spend on the road with my savings while cycling 😀
Decided i couldnt face coming back to nothing.
As for planning.
Ive done a couple of longish trips up to 6 months
I always find that if you plan too much its too easy to get disenheartened by failure to meet your own expectations either by your own doing or external forces….Posted 6 months agoDickyboyMember
Friend of mine did about 4yrs sailing round the world with young family with four kids, home schooling the works, back on solid ground she now loves the fact that in the morning her kitchen is exactly where she left it the night before.Posted 6 months ago
A more extreme example, argentinian couple been on the road 17yrs & kids were born en route…
I reckon I lived on about 6 grand a year from 96 to 06 whilst travelling. It’s more of a mind set and attitude to life than worrying about if you can afford it. It’s easy to find work on the road if you just need to earn money. I had no regular vehicle or kids though. I think kids would make it more difficult but be amazing for them. I had some of my best times and worst times on the road. If you are a personality type that needs meticulous planning and control I’d say probably not for you.Posted 6 months agofossyMember
My best man used to bugger off either on foot or on his bike for 3 or 4 months at a time after University. He then worked hard, managed to buy his modest house, but he wasn’t married, so sold everything, left a well paid job, and then rented his house out. He now travels the world on his Thorn tourer (26″ wheels and Marathon Tour Plus tyres) with Shimano XT and has lived off the rental income. He has been just about everywhere, and isn’t in a rush. He keeps bumping into other folk that are doing similar, but bumps into them months later in remote parts of the world.
The bike has been massively reliable, and hasn’t suffered the damage my commute bike did riding in bloody Manchester every day.
If he needs parts, he will stop over for a few days and order from Wiggle/CRC etc as shipping is fast. He was even ordering parts from the UK when he was staying local to Shimano factories.
Sounds amazing.Posted 6 months ago
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