Homeschooling is fine – but how about roadschooling your kids?
No, we’re not talking about driving lessons.
Instead, this is learning while travelling around in a converted builders van.
That’s what family of five Keira Reid, 29, her husband Richard, 34, and their three children, Piper, six, Jack, four, and Teddy, one, are doing, ever since Keira and Richard decided to ditch the rat race and live a more unconventional life.
Back in 2019, Keira and Richard decided to sell their home and travel Europe in a motor home.
They returned to the UK in 2020 to welcome their youngest child, Teddy, and spent time enjoying trips around the UK.
Now, they’ve sold their house once again and are preparing to move into their van – which used to be a builder’s – full-time.
The family plan to spend a year travelling – all while roadschooling the kids.
‘The best thing about van life is the freedom it gives us and the adventures it provides for us as a family,’ said Keira.
‘It started as a throwaway comment about selling up and going travelling, but it all just spiralled from there.
‘We love that it means we aren’t tied down to anywhere and we are seeing and experiencing new places with our kids.
‘They are mesmerised by all of the different countries.
‘The van is quite small and you’d think it would be a challenge to have us all in such a small space, but it works perfectly for us.
‘The kids thrive off it and they love travelling as a family.’
The parents worked hard to transform their van into an ideal home on wheels, complete with a full kitchen and comfy seats.
They’re now working on upgrades to make it work for longer-term journeys.
Keira said: ‘We got bored being back home and in one place.
‘We wanted to keep showing the kids the world and enjoyed it so much the first time we did it, we had to do it again.
‘We converted the builders van into our travelling home ourselves, but we have recently ripped out the inside and we are redesigning it so it is perfect for us to move into full time.
‘It can be tight for space, but it works for us.’
Keira is keen to emphasise that this adventure isn’t just a holiday – it’s a way of life.
That means she and Richard have to budget carefully while they’re on the road, so they can actually enjoy their time away.
‘We try and do everything on a budget because it’s not a holiday,’ the mum said. ‘We can’t buy all the kids’ ice creams every single day or visit every attraction in every location.
‘We prioritise what we want to do. It’s mainly about getting out into nature for us.
‘We make lots of one-pot meals, pasta dishes and barbeques.
‘We will also be road schooling the kids along the way.
‘For our up and coming trip, we plan to spend a year travelling in our van. We will be starting in the Netherlands, heading up to Scandinavia and making our way back down through Finland.
‘We have a rough plan, but we will mainly be deciding our route as we go along. The kids can’t wait.
‘We hope that our way of life teaches them that they don’t have to have the standard 9 – 5 way of life.
‘We want them to feel the freedom to be able to do what they want and not feel the pressures of society.
‘As a family, we have formed such an amazing bond through travelling and living in such small spaces together.
‘We wouldn’t change it for the world.’
You can keep up with the family’s travels over on their Instagram, @touringwiththekids.
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