QUITTING your 9-5 job is usually a very daunting step for a lot of, particularly when you might have youngsters to take care of.
However that is precisely what dad and mom Natasha and Greg Plant have achieved.
Fed up of coming house from their 9-5 jobs and spending little time with their two sons, the Merthyr Tydfil household mentioned sufficient was sufficient.
Benefiting from the steep hike in home costs in 2022, they bought their household house of six years and launched into a journey journey.
Beginning their journey from Wales on December 30, Natasha, 33, and Greg, 37, set off with sons Regan, 14, and Ronan, 7, and headed for France of their motorhome.
Natasha, a certified main college instructor, mentioned: “What we observed after we have been away on the weekends, we began realising it was not the home and stuff that made us glad. We have been residing in such a minimal approach within the motorhome we didn’t miss going house to our home.”
Earlier than their motorhome acquisition, the household owned a caravan within the picturesque market city of Brecon.
Greg, who works within the automotive trade, mentioned: “We realised we wished to show the boys there was extra to life than that. And we’re studying as we go. And it’s nearly spending extra time collectively.
“We have not received a set plan but, we’re simply going with the circulate. Clearly, with it being chilly this time of 12 months we’re heading south subsequent in the direction of Spain.”
The household will begin house education consistent with the January time period curriculum, utilising Natasha’s expertise as a main college instructor.
The couple have mentioned their new life-style supplied a richer alternative for studying. Cultural stops throughout their Gallic journey included the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris which stays closed following a hearth.
Natasha mentioned the boys have been asking about what occurred to the constructing so once they received again to the van that night they began to analysis it. They discovered a documentary to look at in regards to the cathedral as a household.
Urge for food whetted, the boys researched the Cathedral, and subsequently watched a documentary with their dad and mom to study extra.
Natasha added: “They’re studying in a completely new approach. We wish them to study from their experiences and know that there is not only one approach of doing issues.”
They plan to take their motorhome as far south of Europe as they’ll, hoping to pit cease in Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar.
With the restrictions on vacationer visas now the UK has left the European Union, the household should return inside 90 days however are hopeful they may discover a place to name house within the meantime.
Greg mentioned: “The cash will not final eternally nevertheless it is sufficient to get us began to seek out someplace we might settle and work lower than if we have been within the UK. Natasha added: “We live a lot less complicated. We’re not consuming as a lot junk, we’re strolling and transferring extra.”
A social media presence has helped them join with different households from the UK residing life on the highway.
They’re sharing their expertise of residing on the highway on Instagram as @journey.van.fam.
You may observe their journey right here.