So I want to be completely real and honest about what life in a motorhome/bus/tiny home is like, completely uncensored, no bull shit… Exploring all the positives and the negatives.
To catch up to speed on what the bus looks like and how we renovated it, Read this Blog… https://bluebusjourney.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/the-bus-renovation-journey/
SOooo…. Here it goes…
I’ve been told so many times that I live the DREAM, which of course its true, it’s “OUR” dream, Although i’d really like to give people a reality check about this. Like any lifestyle choice that we make, its got its ups and downs. Just like having a mortgage, or a full time job etc… It all comes with a package of consequences.
What do I love the most?
I love LOVE LOVE LOVE love that one minute I am living in the hills, surrounded by rainforest, listening to Paul play music in the tree house that’s next to us and hanging out in a beautiful home with an amazing family by a nice warm fire drinking cups of tea and being woken up by a rooster…
Then next minute… I’m at the beach, living with a bunch of travellers learning how to skate and walking banjo down the beach… Then… I’m in suburbia… Then I’m at a caravan park drinking cups of coffee with grandmas getting knitting patterns…
Living in a bus is the most amazing way to meet people quickly, effortlessly and easily. When we stay with people we are full on apart of their worlds, we live and experience life as they do.
When we lived a, let’s say “normal life” (House, full time work, family events, etc etc) it takes A LONG TIME to develop friendships. For example, I meet someone I like, wanna hang out… “Let’s catch up for coffee somewhere, sometime in our full-time work load, maintenance of living, sex life/partner/family obligations… Yup so I’m free for one hour on Tuesday for the next month” friendships take time… And I personally need to have a strong connection with someone to invest allot of time, as I have so many dreams that absolutely consume me…
So “normal life” friendships take ages (that’s clear), when your on the road and living so closely in people’s worlds it’s like Paul and I just mold in, literally just mold in. The weirdest thing is, as people know we are leaving/moving on, it’s like this urgency to hang out RIGHT NOW… We be a part of whatever it is that we feel, then we move on to the next thing.
We mostly never see them again and just keep in contact over facebook… Which I find challenging at times as I love very deeply and I get very attached to people, which this life style doesn’t support my attachments and is constantly confronting me to “let go” .. Paul isn’t bothered by this AT ALL, and is really in the moment and looks forward, I on the other hand absolutely struggle…
“Hey Stranger, Can I look at your bus? “
So strangers, complete strangers, some we haven’t even gotten to the point of knowing there names yet ask “can I have a look inside?” ALL THE TIME… Like every single day.
Just imagine random crew saying all the time “do you mind if I have a look at your house?” … “Do you have a shower?” “Like, where do you sleep?” It’s such a bizarre experience, esp when you JUST meet. I dunno about you, but when I’m in some mansion suburb, I’ve always thought “wonder what they fill that house with?” And feel it’s just way too unrealistic to ask if I could have a tour, although with a bus its a different process. We have worked so hard to have this bus and are really proud, so luckily, I’m open… Yet… It’s still weird… Like this is where i LIVE… “Sure, come have a look stranger”
Everything has its spot… EVERYTHING!!!!
I know minimal living is a real “thing” at the moment… Same as the tiny house movement.. Which makes sense as we really do consume so much STUFF.. Although, to be 100% clear and honest, there is no surprise that we have chosen possible the biggest motorhome we can get… Hec if I could afford it I would tow a trailer on the back for more “stuff”… I love my things and we have a long line of hoarders in my family, just ask my Uncle Rob…. Im sure his favourite most used quote is “you’ll need that one day”…. Once again, I don’t have the freedom of storage and once again I am taught to “let go”
I have to be, not because I want to be a hipster saving the world by consuming products then feeling guilty by owning too much, then putting it all in land fill thinking I’m a health conscious champion, I literally, due to my limited storage have to be so mindful about what I have.
I have blue blood, I love beauty and I love quality. So anything shit GONE (To the op-shop)… My process of elimination
- Is it spectacular?
- Is it useful?
- Is it quality?
- Is it beautiful?
- Will it fit? (this is the hardest question)
Here’s a message I need to remind myself off…. Sigh…
Travelling with stuff….
Say we have a party, it’s massive, and fun and people are dancing on the couch, jumping on the bed and it’s all happening… Then… Next morning we need to head off too I dunno, a tropical beach… (that sounds ideal) And as we head off I see that a wine bottle is left on the bench… A few things could potentially happen…
- It falls of the bench and flies off on to the back of my head… I die…
- Cracks open on to our light coloured couch and stains it
- Nothing, everything is fine and we drink the red wine after we arrive at our new destinations.
EVERYTHING MUST BE IN ITS SPOT, and I mean everything. If your OCD, live on the road…
Yawn. When you are not naturally clean like myself, this bus living is really freaking challenging. You get one thing out and hey hey, the bus now looks like a mess!
There is a positive to cleaning… YUP, i said POSITIVE!
Before living in the bus, Paul and I lived in a HUGE 5 bedroom house with a very large Backyard (which I loved and miss incredibly) ALTHOUGH, the amount of time Paul and I spent maintaining that house was just epic… When I look at massive mansions, I now think “YOU MUST LOVE CLEANING TO OWN A HOME LIKE THAT” Ha… (suckers) Now my cleaning duties are allot easier… let me break it down for you…
To mop and sweep the house = 2 hours easy
To mop and sweep the Bus = 10 minutes, if that…
See what I’m saying, the less you own, the less you have to clean and that suits me really well… 🙂
Power- Free sunlight
Water- We use very litter water, and fill up our tanks at random spots (yes I MISS a long shower)
Garden- None… YAY! (not a green thumb)
Gas- We get those gas in a can things, and they are only about $2 each, so will cost us, maybe $7 a week in Gas
Yup, we basically have no living costs…. We have a loan, Rego, Insurance and Fuel. Living on the road is so much cheaper then living in a house… SO MUCH CHEAPER…. I honestly, never thought id be a Greenie or Hippy Or Going off the Grid Or whatever label surrounds the life style i live, I never thought i would be supporting or promoting a sustainable life, It just worked out of me. It just makes sense.
You are so exposed to the environment and the weather.
Travelling with your Partner
If you ever decide to travel with anyone, my only advice is… actually, what the hell am i on about, i could give you HEAPS of advice.. haha… Maybe ill list a few… (from my experience)
- You must ALWAYS be HONEST to each other. ALWAYS!
- Did i mention that you have to be HONEST… No filter… BE HONEST!
- Cant express this enough. Be honest.
- If something is frustrating you, simply, say it… move forward with the view to change it or accept it
- Take time out, you don’t have to be together all the time
- Make sure your on the same page
- Be thoughtful
- share the space
- Learn to dance around each other (literally)
- Have Fun
- Share special moments together
- Support each other
- most importantly love each other
Work is inconstant. There have been so many times that our bank has gone to $0, then before you know it we have thousands. It’s an even flow on the road, with a constant trust that we will get work in the next town. Paul being a Plumber and me, I’ve had so many different jobs, we always manage. Sometimes Pauls incomes supports us, Sometimes mine does. Whatever… it always works out!
For example, At the moment, I’m teaching Art to home schooled Kids, working at an art supply store and nannying… I have 3 jobs, and paul is working in a Cafe… In a few weeks… I won’t have a job and Paul will be plumbing.,, I love it! I never get bored. I dunno how the hell people have stayed in the same job for 20 years? THERE IS JUST SO MUCH TO TRY!
I am very close with my Mum, Dad, Brother, Oma and Pa. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH, and I miss them incredibly. I feel so sad that I miss out on things. This is the hardest part of travelling for me. My heart Aches I miss them so much.
Being on the road is a constant trust on following your heart… We don’t plan ANYTHING, and we just go wherever feels good… We have the most amazing opportunity to just trust ourselves and see what happens. It is the most freeing feeling EVER! I LOVE IT! this is the reason why I travel. I follow my heart. #best.
BONUS BLOG FEATURE… we are going to be interviewing people in the bus, Paul is the 1st one to be interviewed… ARE YOU EXCITED TO MEET PEOPLE AROUND AUS? I AM… Enjoy!
Love from, Alyce, Paul and Banjo.
8 thoughts on “So whats it really like living in a Bus you ask….”
Hello…thanks for checking out my blog…not a journey of travel on a bus, but a life journey….however…I was able to retire at a young age…56…yeah!!! and my husband and I travel around the US in a 19 foot RV, (forurwind) love, love , love it….yes its small but I can turn around on a dime…we have a house in the north bay area so we have a base to come home to and regroup for the next journey out…love your bus…we keep thinking we want to go bigger but haven’t made that leap yet…..love you bus and who knows maybe we will see you out on the road…kathy
I just went back to read this post again Alyce. It’s just as inspiring the second time around – maybe a bit more now that we’re a little further down the road to living in our bus as well. I miss you and Paul already. It will be awesome when we meet up again, somewhere on the road in this enormous country of ours 🙂 Something to look forward to.
I want to see inside your bus hahaha. I’ve been living full time in a little T4 VW Transporter for 2 years now and am buying a slightly bigger van to deck out at the moment. I love this life. U learn to let go very quickly & you become so intuitive about your journey and self. I plan pn doing this for at least another 5. My advice would be to create a business you can do anywhere whether its a market/festival business or internet and your journey will never end due to finances 🙂 enjoy i love reading your blog and hope we’ll meet on the road soon!
Wow, what a great story! And your bus looks amazing – what an incredible transformation.
A bit off-topic: I would be happy to assist you in blog editing if you’re interested. I’ve helped a few travel bloggers with editing, as since they are on the road so frequently, they don’t always have the time to go over their posts for grammar, spelling, etc. If you would be interested, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.
That was a great read and as a family living in a bus I concur with almost everything you said! I especially liked the part about it being your dream and not necessarily the dream.
My girlfriend and I live in a 1984 bluebird bus. We have been in it full time for a little over a month now. We are still working on our bus when we have time but the essentials are there. We can’t wait to travel but it will be the first time I haven’t had full time income. Any resources you would recommend on making money while traveling? I’m open to anything. Thanks.
Congratulations… How exciting… ❤️…
Money, well… Basically, focus on learning about people skills, refine your interview skills (you’ll have allot on the road) …. Print out a shit load of resumes, and just put yourself out there… If you have qualifications, that helps, if not maybe do a few short courses in jobs with a high demand… Every town has a pub, a school, a medical centre of some sort… Etc… Child care, aged care… Sell stuff at markets…
From my experience of hiring staff, if you are well groomed, have great people skills, and are WILLing to learn… It’s easy to get a job 👌
I loved reading this! It is refreshing and inspiring, and thought provoking and fun! I too would be asking if I can have a look at your bus and then probably never leave. Enjoy your travels! 😊