In 2013, Charlotte and her husband Justin decided to pack up everything in their brick house, leave behind their family-run business and head for the road. They have taken their home across many boarders, rode thousands of miles and given their two children of just one and four the experiences of a lifetime.
Where did your idea for motorhome living first come from?
We felt we were falling into the familiar work/life pattern; we had spent no quality time together as a family and wanted some time out. Our adventure started with the idea of a holiday, in which just a few weeks developed into a year-long trip, the purchase of a motorhome and ferry tickets across the channel. We had family members placing bets on how long we'd last and are surprised at how well we've adapted. Nine months down the line and we're still on the road!
How would you explain life in a motorhome to someone who lives in a conventional house?
When we stopped on the first night I remember getting the same feeling you do with your first home; I got out of the motorhome and just stared at it, not really sure what to do or where to start. Having to go outside to use the loos and showers can be tiresome. Our youngest had five new teeth in the space of six weeks which was testing: not having the space to simply take him downstairs to settle was a real challenge, but these situations have made us so strong as a family. We have a lot of freedom and can move as frequently and broadly as we please. It really doesn't matter where we are or what it's like outside because we are together. We're like snails living together inside in our shell.
Is there anything you miss from your old house?
With two young children, a washing machine! I also miss friends and family; the people we've met on our travels are lovely but it just isn't the same as home.
You've been travelling through winter, what was that like?
The mornings can be a bit chilly, although we do have heating and onesies! We had our fair share of bad weather in France; last night we had a storm and the rain sounded like 40 woodpeckers on the ceiling. In summer however we sleep with all the windows open and fly screens down; it's perfect.
People often talk about 'home sweet home' and 'making a house a home'. Do you feel like the motorhome is 'home sweet home’ for you?
I have my little touches in the motorhome; we do try and make it as homely as we can, with cushions and a sofa bed. I'm excited to settle down again and have all our worldly possessions out of storage.
This whole trip has been such an experience. We've had so many memorable moments in our motorhome. It's a time I know we will all look back on so fondly; our boys have learnt so much already and school hasn't even begun for them. Every day is different, whether it be visiting local markets or doing homely things like baking cupcakes with the kids. While moving from one site to another I sit in the comfort of the passengers seat, darting to the back on the demand from the boys. We pass cows crossing the road, olive trees lining hills, industrial zones and quaint villages, my mind all the while concocting wild recipes, whirring up a treat from life insurance, goat meat and the clouds.