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How this Australian couple quit their jobs and went mortgage and debt free to live life on the road

How an Aussie family of four lives a mortgage-free life in their modified van after quitting their jobs and dropping their kids from school: ‘Be brave and take the plunge’

  • Joey and Tamara quit their jobs and sold their house to live a life on the road
  • The couple with their two daughters are planning to travel in their van through Australia indefinitely
  • After selling their family home in Victoria, they are now debt and mortgage free
  • They live on savings, selling their house and planning to find odd jobs along the way
  • Although they have no fixed plans, they want to go to the NT for warm weather

An Australian couple have shared how they quit their jobs, sold their home and plan to live indefinitely without a mortgage or debt.

Tamara and Joey, from Victoria, sold their family home last December with the intention of moving into their caravan and traveling around Australia with their two daughters Suri, nine, and Meadow, eight.

Speak with 7Lifethey said they were nervous about giving up their lives to live on the road, but decided to take the plunge anyway – and don’t regret it.

Tamara (right) and Joey (center) sold their family home last December with the intention of moving into their caravan and touring Australia with their two daughters Suri (far left) and Meadow (right)

Tamara (right) and Joey (center) sold their family home last December with the intention of moving into their caravan and touring Australia with their two daughters Suri (far left) and Meadow (right)

“Why work all your life to retire and then drop dead?” asked Joey.

“If Covid has taught us anything, it’s that life is too short. You don’t know what tomorrow will bring,’ Tamara said.

The family of four has few bills and lives off the sale of their house and some savings.

Tamara, 44, admitted she was having a hard time quitting her job as a hairdresser and told her clients she wouldn’t be coming back, but said she will work if she needs to earn an income while traveling.

The family of four lives off the sale of their house and some savings in their custom-built caravan and plans to travel around Australia

The family of four lives off the sale of their house and some savings in their custom-built caravan and plans to travel around Australia

Joey worked 12 hours a day at a winery and hopes to find a job along the way, especially when the family heads to the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia.

The 40-year-old father plans to teach the girls himself with their school, which they left earlier this month, with the occasional video call.

The family currently lives on the banks of the Murray River not far from their old home south of Mildura in Victoria, and plans to move to the Northern Territory to chase the warm weather.

The self-sustaining van is built for off-grid living with solar panels and lithium batteries that can store more than 600 hours of electricity

The self-sustaining van is built for off-grid living with solar panels and lithium batteries that can store more than 600 hours of electricity

While they don’t have any firm plans as to where exactly they’re going and when, they plan to live off their custom-built, self-sufficient caravan indefinitely.

The van is built for off-grid living with solar panels and lithium batteries that can store more than 600 hours of electricity.

It has high ceilings for Joey’s height of 200 cm, a queen bed and bunk beds, as well as a fully equipped bathroom and kitchen with a coffee maker, air fryer and microwave.

After selling their home, the couple purchased a 20-foot shipping container to store valuable and irreplaceable items such as furniture, family photo albums, and the girl’s trophies.

The family currently lives on the banks of the Murray River not far from their old home near Mildura in Victoria, and plans to move to the Northern Territory to chase the warm weather.

The family currently lives on the banks of the Murray River not far from their old home near Mildura in Victoria, and plans to move to the Northern Territory to chase the warm weather.

After tying up all their loose ends, abandoning their 9-to-5s and committing to a life of travel, Tamara said she was inundated with online messages.

She said people said they always wanted to do the same thing or waited until the kids were old enough.

“The truth is there is never the right time, you will never have enough money, the kids will never be the perfect age. You have to be brave and take the plunge,” she said.

To follow the family’s journey, click here

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