Picture This …
I could picture it all so clearly. Our motorhome parked by a woodland babbling brook. Me, relaxing in the dappled sunlight whiling away the hours painting and reading. Lars planning his next project. How luxurious! That was the plan.
Before we left Australia, we imagined the journey ahead. Full of excitement, new places to explore and plenty of time for ourselves. We’d both worked full-time for so long. What would we do with ourselves? Other than visiting new places how would we pass the hours?
Worried we might get bored, we packed iPads loaded with books, downloaded hundreds of movies, collected a plethora of crossword puzzles; and I sneaked rather a lot of painting materials into my case! In fact, that was my whole hand luggage allowance accounted for!
We left fourteen months ago. Our plan back then was to travel Europe in a van for five months. After that, a visit to the UK for a few months and finally, voluntary work in Vanuatu, before our return to Australia. The plan was loose, but that was the outline.
Boy, did that game plan change!
Change of Plan
After being on the road for five months, we realised our funds were not dwindling as much as we had expected. Not only that, but Europe had so much more to offer than we had imagined. We chose to stretch the five months in the van to twelve. We also realised that travelling life swallowed up a lot of our time – we certainly didn’t have time to be bored!
Somewhere along the line, we happened upon the website, Trustedhousesitters What? We could stay in these places for free and get our furry friend fix! Not only was the accommodation free, but possibilities existed all over the world! Having only a finite amount of funds, this option was extremely appealing.
Realising that our journey was possibly going to turn into a much longer epic adventure, we decided to start a blog. We wanted to capture our experiences and memories.
The trails and tribulations of that decision is another story but, needless to say, we began our blogging journey. This new-found passion, combined with our insatiable desire to see and experience as much as possible in the van, made us busy little beavers indeed!
The blog started to grow into more than just a memoir for us. It began to morph into an idea to share and inspire. That’s where the tagline – ‘Satisfy Your Soul’ came from. Maybe others could benefit from us sharing our experiences.
The luxurious idea of wiling away hours by that babbling brook didn’t quite happen! However, we were excited and we were feeling alive! As an added bonus of setting up the blog, (with the process for us akin to undertaking a crash course in Russian), our middle-aged brains were getting quite the workout. I’d like to see dementia try to tackle these newly pumped-up neurons!
Where are we now?
So, the 365 days in a van was jam-packed with new adventures. Our van rental finished at the end of April and we flew from Germany to London, UK. We bought a car and set off to complete three house-sits that we arranged through Trustedhousesitters. They were even better than we hoped for and having time with our furry (and feathered) friends was food for the soul!
We are now in Norway and will be for the next three months – our next chapter. Whilst Lars is working here, I will have time to get stuck into all the projects swirling around in my head. We aren’t sure how long we will be travelling for or where we will be going whilst we do. Who does on this journey called life?
So let’s get serious. It’s Blogging Time!
Whilst Lars takes a break from the blog and instead gets paid to work, I will continue to write about all our adventures in the twenty-two countries we visited throughout our ‘Year in the Van’. Our new experiences here in Norway will also be an exciting feature.
Additionally, I will hone my writing skills, let my creative desires loose and share those moments of our life journey that I hope will offer teachings, experiences, ideas and inspiration for your very own life’s journey. We are always learning and improving, but none the less, we have a trophy shelf full of resilience, positivity and optimism that we worked hard to develop.
Whether it’s travel inspiration and ideas, or little titbits of life’s lessons, it will all be here, to help you find your way in your own ‘Life’s journey’.
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Until next time – take care and remember to do that which ‘Satisfies Your Soul’.
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After finishing my Law Degree I decided to become a teacher. I am passionate about teaching, learning and most of all, about inspiring others. Now, as a writer and blogger, I love sharing our travels and our musings on life’s journey. I hope, through these, we can play a part in inspiring you to do whatever ‘satisfies your soul’.