Meet the Wheelers
2 boys aged 5 & 8
A bus is a large motor vehicle that carries passengers by road from one place to another.
Where are we going?
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.
Why are we doing a blog?
I want to capture as much of our time as possible as I understand this is a once in a lifetime experience. we are very lucky. I also need to have some kind of creative outlet now that I don't have access to my stash of yarn. Writing gives me a creative process to lose myself in.
I want to keep in touch and share my experience with family and friends back home.
When we are old, we will be able to look through the entries, film, pictures and sounds to feel - but almost smell- how we felt at the time, however fleetingly.
I know my children will not be young forever but this is a way of capturing this moment as well as it can be.