Looking out the window at the gloomy British weather at the moment? Wish you could lift sticks and live a freer life?
The things that normally prevent us from doing such things are normally children, work, and being tied to a mortgage.
This family, however, took the leap and quit their jobs to travel the world in a trailer – all with their three young children.
Mike Pope, 40, and his wife, Brooke, 39, have spent the past few years traveling through more than 15 countries with their children, Max, eight, Mila, six, and Daisy, three.
Mike and Brooke fund their traveling lifestyle through remote online marketing roles, after quitting their full-time jobs as a firefighter and travel agent.
The family, originally from Melbourne, Australia, have since traveled to Malta, Mexico, Serbia, Boston, Florida, Iceland, Turkey, the UK and across Australia.
Mike said: “Brooke and I have always loved travel and adventure, and we’ve been to a lot of places before we had the kids.
“The passion for travel kind of prompted us to pack our bags and travel the world in February 2020, shortly after Daisy was born.”
Throwing away the majority of their possessions was a difficult adjustment.
“When we left for a life of travel, we gave away a lot of stuff, which was hard at the time, but you realize you don’t need all of that stuff,” Brooke said.
At this point, Mike and Brooke had not yet invested in their home on wheels, so they stuck with rental and vacation properties.
Their first destination was Disney World in Florida, after which they headed to Mexico, where they ended up being stuck for four months when Covid-19 hit.
“Our accommodation was great,” Mike said. “So the kids were able to play in the pool most days, the only downside was we weren’t really allowed to leave unless we were going to buy groceries.”
Once they were able to leave Mexico, the popes then headed to Iceland and then New York, before crossing into Europe as Australia’s borders were still closed.
After returning to Australia over the Christmas period in 2020, the family are traveling from the country in 4×4s with a caravan.
Mike said: “When we got back to Australia we immediately hit the road again, we traveled around New South Wales, the Kimberley region, Tasmania and many other places.
“Australia is so big that we have barely scratched the surface.”
In addition to learning about the world, parents homeschool their offspring for about an hour and a half a day.
Brooke said: “We’ve made so many friends with other families on the road, it’s amazing.”
“Children are constantly learning and growing with each passing day. We homeschool for less than two hours a day, then they learn and explore in the field, make friends and interact with new people.
“We’re in no rush to get to the next place, and really, it’s all about where the wind takes us.
“As we travel the world, we create so many memories with the kids that we wouldn’t be able to in full-time fixed jobs and in life.”
Although she was able to live her dream nomadic life, the family had to make some sacrifices along the way.
Brooke said: ‘The kids miss their friends a bit so it’s nice for them to visit when we return to Melbourne.
“We hope to enroll them in school in another country in a few years and settle down a bit, but we have a lot of traveling to do before that.”
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