The Start of Our Journey
It’s July 1, 2017, and we are off on our journey! After 3 years of living in an amazing house by the beach in Los Osos, CA we pulled out of our driveway for the last time. We had huge plans for a life of travel and adventure and it was all starting now. So we drove an entire 6 blocks and passed out for the night in our freshly built Skoolie, pheww what an adventure so far!
Only 6 short months prior to our launch we thought we were living the dream but we realized it wasn’t really our dream. My husband and I were both big travelers prior to getting married and up until the arrival of the newest addition to our family, Kahuna the Dog, closely followed by our daughter and then our son.
We thought we had to settle down in one place for the rest of our child raising life but it just wasn’t making sense. We were spending almost no time together as a family. Finances were always a struggle and rent was skyrocketing. Cleaning and chores in our huge house were taking half the weekend. I was leaving for work right after the kids woke up and getting home right before they went to bed. Something had to change.
We had lived the “van life” for the first 2 years of our marriage and always talked about doing it again when the kids were out of the house. I kept hearing stories of clients or people we knew that dropped dead at their desk in their early 50’s, killed in car accidents in their 40’s, were paralyzed from the neck down in their 30’s or permanently brain damaged in their 20’s. The time to make your best life is now! Stop planning and start doing! But what to do?
We talked about it all; tiny house living, RV’ing, jetting around the world, moving out of the US. A couple days of talking about it and we decided on building school bus conversion, or Skoolie. We would live in our bus conversion part of the year and the other part we would fly to exoctic locations. Slowly traveling around the world, spending at least a month everywhere we went.
And so began a grueling 6 months of building the Big Wave Bus, planning for our trip, getting rid of 95% of our belongings, packing, repacking and cleaning out our house all while working full time and raising two kids. But we did it with 2 days to spare before our lease was up.
The first few days were spent locally. Saying goodbye to all our friends, checking to make sure everything was working in the Skoolie (and that tiny house living wouldn’t drive us nuts the first day.) The 4th of July was coming up and we would stay for the fireworks and head north for a summer in Oregon after that.