Rhiannon Phillips is like many young Australians who are excluded from the housing market due to rising prices.
The 24-year-old from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales still remembers the day that she realized & # 39; that any form of down payment she wanted to make on a property would be a long way off.
& # 39; Renting in Sydney was ridiculous and although I was busy around 30 hours a week during my veterinary studies, I couldn't save in any way for a down payment at my travel specialty & # 39 ;, she told FEMAIL.
Rhiannon Phillips is like many young Australians who are excluded from the housing market due to rising prices
At that time, she began to think seriously about purchasing her own wheeled house, allowing her to tour Australia, work at any location, and save money at the same time.
& # 39; I particularly liked the idea of small life and reducing my impact, but the idea of saving money on rent and utilities was also a huge attraction, & # 39; she said.
So when a regular customer in the cafe she worked at during her last year of college called a school selling their old bus, Rhiannon wanted to see it.
& # 39; He told me the details and I said I would take it. A week later I owned a bus for less than the cost of my first car! The bus is a 1990 model Nissan Civilian diesel and had 91,000kms on the counter, & she said.
& # 39; He told me the details and I said I would take it. A week later I owned a bus for less than the cost of my first car! The bus is a 1990 model Nissan Civilian diesel and had 91,000kms on the counter, & she said
A kitchen with a view! Rhiannon has her new piece & # 39; Mintie & # 39; synchronized and has spent all her free time between uni and & # 39; carved by hand and the roof rust & # 39; sanded by hand
& # 39; It was all pretty mechanically good with a bit of a rush here and there. When people ask me how they find a good deal like I did, I will usually say they ask local churches and schools or community groups that may be ready to upgrade. & # 39;
Rhiannon has her new piece & # 39; Mintie & # 39; synchronized and has spent all her free time between uni and the work to strip it & # 39; the roof rust & # 39; to sand by hand.
& # 39; Fortunately for me, my dad and doll are both very, very handy in almost a single way, so they all guided me through it and even did a lot of manual work & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; Sometimes I noticed that I was just the observer and worth two cents to stay on the right track here and there. & # 39;
When collecting most of her materials at Bunnings Warehouse, Rhiannon also used as many recycled and re-intended products as she could find.
When collecting most of her materials from Bunnings Warehouse, Rhiannon also used so many recycled and re-intended products that she could find
She said the only difference between her workday and someone else's is that & # 39; my house goes along and I never have to worry about forgetting my lunch & # 39;
& # 39; So apart from the 240V electricity, solar and gas (which I had done professionally) I was able to struggle through it with the help of some professional do-it-yourselfers, & # 39; she said.
While some & # 39; of lifers & # 39; Rhiannon has decided to work as she travels along the east coast of Australia, making good use of all her best skills.
& # 39; I use my degree in animal science on farms. Although the pay is usually not good, it gives me the opportunity to build up my skills, level of experience, and help me determine which career path I would like to take in the future, & she said.
& # 39; I park on a dog beach or a local sports field and if I have time to drive around an area after I have sorted it out on Google satellite, & # 39; she said
What does a day off for Rhiannon look like?
– Take the dogs for a run – Luna and Coco have been my travel companions for the first leg of my trip
– breakfast porridge or eggs or peanut butter on toast
– Go exploring, whether in the city or a bush walk, whatever the locals recommend
– The afternoons are usually spent on my laptop to catch up on emails or write essays / investigations (I am in the process of obtaining a diploma in sports massage therapy for horses)
– Another walk for the dogs, maybe a dive or a surf, depending on the weather and surf (I am still a rookie)
– Drive to my next location and usually arrive just before dark
– Because it was getting dark early, I usually cook around 5.30 pm and then I eat and get up early, I have made my way through the David Attenborough box set
Rhiannon pictured with her wet suit
& # 39; I also have a small art company where I sell my Australian native leaf paintings Instagram. This gives me a little extra money here and there which is always fun. Not enough to live on right now.
& # 39; I also continued to work as an equestrian sport coach on the road. I have been coaching in the Blue Mountains for five years and have driven for more than 15 years, which always offers great opportunities.
& # 39; When I was traveling in the south of the NSW, I coached at a few pony clubs and at a few private customers, which was great money. & # 39;
She said the only difference between her working day and someone else's is that & # 39; my house goes along and I never have to worry about forgetting my lunch & # 39 ;.
Rhiannon has a small oven and a two-burner stove that she uses to roast vegetables and make stir-fry dishes, and she keeps her leftovers in a 70-liter refrigerator.
& # 39; It's super simple and I have a lot of couch space that I love, so preparing meals is easy & # 39 ;, she said.
It can park anywhere at & # 39; within reason & # 39; but does not try to confuse people.
& # 39; I park on a dog beach or a local sports field and if I have time to drive around an area after I have sorted it out on Google satellite, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I will try to arrive just before dark or in the dark to prevent me from drawing attention to myself, for security reasons and to not disturb anyone. So far I have left the tourist season, which helps a lot. Most places are abandoned. & # 39;
While life outside of her bus gives Rhiannon a great deal of freedom and independence, it can be somewhat isolating if you don't push yourself to socialize or explore a new area.
& # 39; The lifestyle I chose is certainly not for everyone, but I enjoy my own space and also get out of my comfort zone & she said.
You can follow the adventures of Rhiannon on her Instagram, Eat Play Bus.
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