Youngest having a rest on the Isle of Skye

I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…

It’s now been 4 weeks since we left our comfortable life back home with a lovely coastal UK family home, great neighbours, brilliant local primary school and really good friends with a crazy (to most) plan to live, work, cook, eat, sleep, relax and homeschool in a 7m (22ft) long motorhome for 12 months or so. I have tried to explain the reasons for this seemingly puzzling decision to many people multiple times since we went public with it several months ago but I think the best way I currently do so is by saying yes we were all comfortable and safe but we weren’t really living – only existing. Being self employed for over 13 years meant I am used to taking calculated risks having broke free of the shackles (and relative security) of being told when, where and how I can earn money as has my wife more recently.… Click Here to Read More

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8 days into part 1 of our adventures – roadschooling in the Scottish Highlands

So it’s been 8 days since we set off on our first mini holiday as a test in our motorhome around Scotland before we are on the road full time for 12 months all around mainland Europe. I’m pleased to say not only have we survived but we are all thriving! I’m even more amazed we are all adjusting to life on the road so well as we have not had the best of weather to accompany us on part 1 of our adventures which has included snow, ice, sleet and heavy rain but thankfully our Rimor Trimarano motorhome we have called Lightning has performed faultlessly. The on board Gaslow refillable LPG coupled with the Truma combi water and air heater has kept Lightning toasty warm when the outside temperatures dropped or failed to even get mildy warm!. The children have already learnt so much in such a sort space… Click Here to Read More

Atlantic Ocean Road - photo via Stenar Melby
Atlantic Ocean Road - photo via Stenar Melby

Two weeks left and the long goodbyes

I’m sat writing this with a hangover after having a big night out with the other dads from the street where we have lived for the last 5 years. This was a much bigger night out than normal as it’s now only 2 weeks until we head off for a year in Lightning our motorhome and I think they wanted to make sure I had enough beer to last me whilst I’m away! We truly have some great neighbours here and I feel even in suburbia we have managed to help really build a sense of community by organising street sports days, offering baby sitting for each other and having plenty of mums and dads nights out. It has taken a lot of time and effort to create such a sense of community but I think this is possible wherever you are and by doing so it can make a… Click Here to Read More

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Make money online with YOUR existing skills

I’m writing this quick post to point you to the following article I have found myself sending to several people in January whilst still sat here in the UK which for those that don’t know is a time of DARK mornings, DARK nights and very cold weather which can feel pretty depressing! This article linked to in this blog post is hopefully the exact inspiration needed for those looking to try and earn some modest money online during 2018 either as the start of a new path in life or simply to just earn a little extra bonus cash to put towards something YOU are aiming for in 2018! Hopefully this will come just in time to stop you just sitting on the sofa feeling depressed, searching for the next boxset to binge on whilst trying desperately to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions 🙂 Nial Doherty, the article’s author,… Click Here to Read More

2018 – the year of World (Road) Home schooling and full timing adventures

Wow I can’t believe it’s 2018 already. This year is going to be one of the most life changing I have had in my 37 years on planet Earth and that’s saying something with what I have managed to pack in and experience in my life so far, both positive and negative! 2018 also marks just over 10 years since my wife and I cut short our round the World backpacking trip (more here) and having stayed in one place for the longest we have ever done as a couple (just over 5 years!) we are going to be withdrawing our 3 children from their brilliant school, packing everything we haven’t thrown away into our attic before renting out our wonderful family home and heading off in Lightning our motorhome to explore Europe for 12 months or so 🙂 We will be World Schooling the kids on the road in… Click Here to Read More

Stop Procrastinating – hack laziness

Can highly recommend this book by the same guy who wrote two of the most helpful articles I have read in the last few years: How to Be Happy – 26 Strategies Backed by Research and Stoicism – Great introduction to this great way of thinking Best of all it’s only 99p at the moment or free on Kindle Unlimited! Click here to get: Stop Procrastinating: A Simple Guide to Hacking Laziness, Building Self Discipline, and Overcoming Procrastination

Worldschool Village
Worldschool Village

First annual Worldschool Village

Yesterday I had the privilege of playing a very small part in helping with some gardening before the first Worldschool Village takes place next week at Kurukan in the Marina Alta area of Valencia Spain where I’m currently coworking at Sun and Co. What is the Worldschool Village? Well, it is a gathering of families who, regardless of their provenance or language, want to live, work and learn in freedom. They are coming together to learn from each other, collaborate in the long or short-term, enjoy themselves and continue making progress. Some call this co-working or co-living…at the end of the day, it’s a gathering where families can share their experiences. And this means we now have co-living in Spain!   So if you are interested in finding out more make sure you check out the links above and I hope to actually be able to attend the second Worldschool Village next year with my… Click Here to Read More

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Human Beings NOT Human Doings

Taking the time to be and doing nothing – appreciating what you have, living in the moment are all important aspects of the various mindfulness articles and NHS advice I have found myself reading over the last few months after becoming pretty low in my personal life which forced me to reevaluate my whole being with this web site one of the results. Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally. Jon Kabt-Zinn Depression does not care about wealth, family, success or material possessions and men especially are not very good about talking about their ‘feelings’ and ’emotions’ which is why male suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and campaigns such as this are SO important. ”…of the 6,000+ British lives lost to suicide each year, nearly 75 per cent of those are male.” Modern Life is… Click Here to Read More

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