Welcome to Gadsventure. We want to inspire others to be like us, and travel and be free with 4 kids in tow. We’ve got good jobs, professions that we will always have there to back us up if we need. We are both around 40 and our kids are a great adaptable age with amazing imaginations and an ability to have fun with few resources.
We thought we had a good life, it was nice. We had 4 gorgeous, well-balanced children. We lived in a gorgeous 4 bedroom house with a huge backyard that we had built 7 years prior in a quiet suburban cul-de-sac. We had a 7 seater car and a caravan for weekends away. We had a nice circle of friends. Life was actually really good
But, we had some issues which prevented us from being really content. Brian was working away. The region we lived in is known as a coal mining area. The problem was that we had bought our house, and a second house in what is known as a mining BOOM. In a mining boom in a mining town there is so much excitement! There are so many people with lots of money to spend and it takes you a month just to get an appointment to get your hair done! The rents go through the roof because the influx of mine workers need somewhere to live, and the company will often pay their rent which gets to be down right exorbitant. We built the first house for somewhere to live, but then we thought we should capitalize on the ridiculous rents and build another house, a rental.
We started out renting it for a ridiculous amount. Life was great! The excitement was still there, but then the cracks were beginning to show after the first year. In the hunt for investment opportunities, the local council was approving too many new builds, and the housing supply began to edge closer to the levels of demands, meaning the rent prices were going down. Brian’s contract finished at the same time as we were having a third baby. We had a caravan sitting there, and we were eligible for 24 weeks of paid maternal leave so we thought it would be a great time to leave town for a year and do an epic trip around Australia with a newborn, a 2-year old and a 4-year old in tow. What an amazing trip. While we were gone however, we used up a lot of our savings and the rents dropped even further.
The town we returned to was a shadow of its former self. The price of rent had halved, but our loan payments had not. There were thousands of empty houses as mines tightened their belts and thousands of workers were laid off. We had to sell the investment property and cut our losses making a massive 6 figure loss in the process. Then we had another baby and lost my income.
So here we are. We can’t declare bankruptcy because the travel restrictions are more than we can handle. We could stay here and keep treading water, that is a real option. After getting rid of our investments and with our better than average weekly income, we could just keep doing what we are doing, with our incomings basically matching our outgoings, and not getting anywhere.
BUT THAT IS NOT WHO WE ARE
What scares you more? Doing the same thing year in, year out until your kids graduate high school and you can finally downsize, retire, and then eventually do what you want to do? Hope for the best that your health stays good for the plan. That is scary. I (Kris) the mum, am a palliative care nurse so I see all too often the failings of people’s health preventing them from doing the big trip they have been planning and saving their whole lives for.
So we have decided to do it now. The trips that make us. Instead of working away, and being stressed out about school lunches and bored on the weekends waiting to be old and decrepit and retire, we are ditching the normal and being extraordinary.
We are selling our house first, then gathering together as much money as we possibly can before the end of the year. Then we will sell our car and our caravan too. We will be setting about shedding material possessions and embracing family time. Homeschooling and spending time together is what we are most looking forward to in the coming months.
We will take you on our journey and hopefully inspire others to see that travel does not have to stop when you have kids. The kids are going to get the most amazing education out in the world. Let that be our legacy!
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
Kris and Brian