TAKING THE PLUNGE
Two years ago, we bought a 28 foot, 1968 Airstream Ambassador on eBay.
We’re now living the dream. All 28 feet of it…
The idea of buying and living in a vintage Airstream with our kids coincided with months of sleep deprivation following the birth of our twins.
As a Mum to three kids under two at the time, the travel junky and career woman I was had been replaced by a suburban housewife who barely had time to shower.
I was drowning. Drowning in nappies, in mess, in bills and boredom. And I dreamt of escape. Not from the children, but from the rest of our mediocre, consumeristic and debt-ridden life.
It didn’t take much to convince my partner, who is a closet vagabond, to sink our house deposit into buying and renovating a 1960s Airstream.
Rarely home from work before the kids were in bed, he was equally desperate to escape the rat race and embrace a simpler life.
So at 2am one morning, I found and bought “Wallabee” on eBay. Thus began our Airstream adventure – first shipping her from Minnesota to Santa Barbara to be customised, then all the way to Australia to embrace our wanderlust.
HOW WE FUND OUR ADVENTURES
We have converted a 1960s Airstream Caravel into a mobile Pizza business – Happy Camper Pizza.
This Airstream is called Allegra and she caters for street food, festivals and private functions.
We originally had a crazy idea to travel around Australia with two Airstreams – one our home and the other our source of income. However it was quickly relegated to our dream pile.
We realised in the first 24 hours of a road trip to the Red Centre, driving with small kids is in fact hell. You need one person just to stop the twins from biting each other!
In the meantime, we are based at my mother’s house in West Melbourne (which we have taken over).
OUR LITTLE FAMILY
We are a family of five who thrive on new adventures.
A former reporter, video journalist and documentary maker who threw in a life of intrepid travel and her career at the ABC to be a full-time Mum.
A global nomad with French and Vietnamese roots who is on sabbatical from his job as an engineer to spend more time with his family.
A tutu obsessed four year-old who loves dirt and rocks .
Two year-old twins and troublemakers who won’t stop pulling our Airstream apart.