About eight months ago we made a choice to do something completely different with the direction our lives were heading in. My husband and I and our four year old son lived in Tauranga, New Zealand, we loved our current home and the area we lived in. But for some reason we just weren’t quite as satisfied with the life we were living. We had already decided that we were wanting to sell and move to an area with more options for schooling for our son, at that stage we were thinking of buying in Te Puke closer to my parents. But then in March 2017 a camping holiday in the far north of NZ changed the way we were thinking completely.
We talked a lot on that holiday about how much we liked some of the small towns we were seeing, we realised at some point with all this talk that we were ready for a far bigger change then what we had been planning. Then once we got home and continued to discuss places we liked and where we might move to an idea we had always planned for once our family was grown and it was just us surfaced in a new light. Buying a house bus and travelling the country was something we had spoken of many times over the years but always thinking it was something that was just out of our reach for now. But the more we looked into it and the more we spoke of it we realised that this was something we both really wanted to do now with our son.
So then began a process that we imagined might go a bit quicker than what it has. We got our house ready for sale, listed it and slowly started telling people what we were planning to do. Finally at the end of September our house sold and the packing and sorting began. And at the end of October we put some of our belongings in storage, sold and gave away a whole lot more and moved ourselves and the remainder of our things to my parents house to begin our big adventure.
Then came the fun part, bus shopping!! After all our months of online looking and dreaming it was great to be able to actually go looking for a bus to buy. We had plans to buy a bus that needed very little done to it but the more we looked the more we realised that perhaps to get exactly what was important to us some alterations may be neccessary. In the end we brought a bus I hadn’t even been that keen to go and view as I thought it had to much that needed doing on it for my taste.
So that is pretty much where we are at in our journey at the moment, we have our bus at my parents place and are slowly chipping away at the jobs that need doing to get it ready for the road. Once again things are probably not going to happen as quickly as we had hoped but we are finding that bothers us less now and we are aiming to hit the road at the end of February.