Meet the Wheelers
2 boys aged 6 & 8
A bus is a large motor vehicle that carries passengers by road from one place to another.
Note; We don't always live in a bus. Sometime the 'bus' is metaphorical.
Where are we going?
UK_ Bristol. WALES.
The Wheelers love:
- Games nights
- Climbing trees
- Campfires & singalongs
- Roast dinners
- Hot Air balloons
- Late nights
- Early mornings
- Having friends round
- Stealing Grandad's chocolate
- Random acts of kindness
- Wine (just Mum & Dad, not the kids yet)
- Making new friends
- Animals of all kinds
- Breakfast in bed
Why are we doing this?
Working in the public sector, we saw the landscape change as funding was cut; Mike's Mum passed away and I was working hard volunteering for a refugee charity and for the NHS in homelessness.
We realised that if we wanted our children to have a well rounded view of the world, we should put our money where our mouth is and show them. I have always had a wanderlust and we both have a burning desire for our children to grow up with humanity and compassion.
It was one Friday afternoon that Mike came up with the idea, and in the blink of an eye we made a decision that seemed to make utter sense. Let's take our feet off the gas, sell everything we own and travel the world. We can downsize when we get back.
We realise that childhoods are fleeting and they won't want to hang out with us forever... Better make the most of it. Also, I kind of thought that if you want to be the sort of person that does stuff, get up and do it. Then you will be the actual person who does the stuff.
I saw lots of families travelling whilst I have been away and always wanted to be the person who would take their children travelling. Once the decision was made, there were no other options available. How could we not take this opportunity?
We want our children to be good global citizens. We need them to understand that happiness is not about how much stuff you have. People all over the world need the same things- family, food, shelter and we also laugh at the same things.
Our children know that not everyone in the world is as lucky as we are- but we need them to see that first hand to really know it. Life doesn't always look like you expect it to look and neither does happiness.
We learn everyday, wherever we are. Learning about people and places helps us to understand where we are and who we are sharing it with. It also opens doors to things you may not have imagined.
Travelling with children is something that has opened our eyes up too- we realised that seeing the world through their eyes gives it a new perspective. Children break down barriers and have enabled us to form bonds with strangers we may not have been able to make alone.
Above all else we thought it would be FUN! We were right.
What will happen on our return?
We have decided that when we return to the UK we will move into a yurt in rural Mid Wales. The boys will be immersed in the Welsh language and we will live an authentic life that is close to nature.
There will also be Netflix and wine.
Why are we doing a blog?
I want to capture as much of our time abroad as possible- we are very lucky to do this and I want to remember it.
I want to keep in touch with friends and family and share our experiences back home and with others who are travelling or yurt living.
I know my children will not be young forever but this is a way of capturing the moments as well as it can be.
I think it is good to show that another path is possible.