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 actually live in a bus. We did for a bit... but on the whole the 'bus' bit is metaphorical.
Where have we been?
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...
I saw lots of families travelling whilst I was abroad in the past and I always wanted to be that sort of family.
Once the idea was there, we had to do it. How could we not take this opportunity? It was a chance to show our children that experiences are better than 'things'.
Not everyone in the world is as lucky as we are- but we wanted the children to see that first hand. 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.
Update: What happened on our return?
We decided to move into a yurt in rural Mid Wales on our friends' land. The boys are at school, immersed in the Welsh language- fulfilling our dream of having bilingual children. We are living simply, close to nature in a beautiful spot with minimal outgoings- that way we can save up for out next adventure.
There will also be Netflix and wine though, obviously.
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 think it is good to show that another way of life is possible- and the blog will show how we have dealt with the ups and downs of it.