‘We ditched our house for a double-decker bus we found on eBay’

The couple, who met in Portugal the place Gareth was working as a kitesurfing teacher and Lamorna was on vacation, have found a very supportive on-line neighborhood.

“The Skoolie movement in the US has given us a lot of inspiration and the bus now has its own Instagram page – We Bought a Double Decker Bus,” Lamorna says. “We have discovered an amazing set of people in the #vanlife, #tinyhouse, #offgrid communities.”

Not all household and mates are as optimistic. “We’re 39 and 40 years old and ‘should be’ settling down apparently,” Lamorna says. “We would like a family one day but need to get the bus finished first.” Their spaniel cross, Maya, is preserving them company within the meantime.

Lamorna’s two youthful sisters share her love of travelling. Sapphire is finding out for a grasp’s diploma in counselling in Vancouver, and Venetia is an occasions producer in Los Angeles.

Her dad and mom – a retired IT guide and a jewelry designer who stay in Bedfordshire – have been encouraging, though the pandemic meant they’ve seen much less of one another.

“Christmas 2019 was the primary time my household had been collectively for three years, because of my travels and each my 
sisters transferring overseas.

“Last summer, my sister, Venetia, was meant to be getting married at Wilderness Festival – but everything had to be delayed. We were so pleased that the wedding could go ahead this summer,” Lamorna says.

Overall although, regardless of their challenges, the Hollingsworths haven’t any regrets.“It’s simple to have a look at a project like this and maintain saying ‘But what about…?’ or ‘But how will you…?’

“We don’t yet have the answers to all the questions but isn’t that always the case when you’re doing something that many people would call crazy? I know lots of people have a fear of the unknown, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”

And whereas there’ll inevitably be a few extra bridges to cross alongside the way in which, the Hollingsworths will ensure that they don’t seem to be low bridges.

The van 

When Victoria MacDonald, 29, and her associate, Scott Ross, 32, offered their house in March this year, they knew they must make some compromises – however going from a stately house within the Scottish Highlands to a Citroen van (nicknamed ‘Van Heilan’) didn’t faze them

‘We used to stay in a part of a mansion on the coast of Aberdeenshire. Our lounge was the previous ballroom, and the house had an unbelievable view over the ocean,” Victoria says.

But when their weblog, the Aye Life, began to take off, a life on the highway beckoned. “We started the blog when I had to leave my job due to a severe bout of depression,” Victoria says. “Since then, it’s become our whole life.”

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