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Family-of-five travel across Europe in their converted van while giving their kids ‘road school’

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A couple has revealed how they sold their childhood home to travel Europe with their three children under six in a converted van.

Keira Reid, 29, her husband, Richard, 34, from Carlisle, sold the family home and will spend 12 months traveling through Scandinavia and the Netherlands with their six-year-old Piper, four-year-old Jack and one-year-old Teddy.

The couple, who spent several months traveling through Europe in their van for a separate adventure, will combine sightseeing with road-schooling their children.

Keira Reid, 29, her husband, Richard, 34, from Carlisle, have sold the family home and will be traveling for 12 months through Scandinavia and the Netherlands with their six-year-old Piper, four-year-old Jack and one-year-old Teddy

The couple converted the van themselves, adding a double bunk at the end of the space (seen from the rear), as well as a stove (right) and seats for the kids (left)

The couple converted the van themselves, adding a double bunk at the end of the space (seen from the rear), as well as a stove (right) and seats for the kids (left)

The back of the van opens out and offers great views of the outdoors from the bottom bunk.  Above Keira on the road with her children Piper, Teddy and Jack

The back of the van opens out and offers great views of the outdoors from the bottom bunk. Above Keira on the road with her children Piper, Teddy and Jack

From the outside it looks the same as many other white construction vans, but it has become a house on wheels for the family.  They previously had a road trip adventure in 2019

From the outside it looks the same as many other white construction vans, but it has become a house on wheels for the family. They previously had a road trip adventure in 2019

Keira said, “The best thing about life is the freedom it gives us and the adventures it offers us as a family.

“It started out as a wasted comment about selling and traveling, but from there it all picked up speed.

“We love that it means we’re not tied to anything and as a family we see and experience new places. They are mesmerized by all the different countries.

“The van is quite small and you would think it would be a challenge to have us all in such a small space, but for us it works perfectly. The children thrive on it and they love to travel as a family.’

Keira and Richard, documenting their travels on Instagramtraveled through Europe for the first time with their two oldest children in 2019 after selling their family home and moving into a motorhome full-time.

They returned to the UK in 2020 to welcome their youngest child, Teddy, and bought another home.

The couple sold their childhood home to live in the van full-time and travel for a year where they will

The couple sold their childhood home to live in the van full-time and travel for a year where they will “get away from school” for their children. Pictured (left to right) Richard, Jack, Piper, Teddy and Keira exploring

The van is designed to best accommodate the children and often uses an awning as extra interior space.  There are two double beds in the back of the van and storage space on one side (right)

The van is designed to best accommodate the children and often uses an awning as extra interior space. There are two double beds in the back of the van and storage space on one side (right)

While they have enjoyed traveling around the UK in their van for the past few years, they have now sold their home and are pre

Keira said, “We were bored of being home and in one place. We wanted to keep showing the kids the world and loved it so much the first time we did it, we had to do it again.

“We converted the van into our travel house ourselves, but we recently ripped out the inside and are redesigning it so it’s perfect for us to work full time.

“It may be tight for space, but it works for us. We try to do everything on a budget, because it’s not a vacation. We can’t buy ice cream every day or visit every attraction in every location.

The couple wants to continue showing their children the world and say it's a great experience for them as a family.  Above is an example of how surfaces and storage space are hidden inside the van

The couple wants to continue showing their children the world and say it’s a great experience for them as a family. Above is an example of how surfaces and storage space are hidden inside the van

Little Teddy is now one, and all three children enjoy life on the road so much that they moan much less than when they are at home

Little Teddy is now one, and all three children enjoy life on the road so much that they moan much less than when they are at home

They admit the van is cramped, but they get used to it, and at least it's a good lesson for the family and enjoying the outdoors more than ever.  Above Richard is playing with his children

They admit the van is cramped, but they get used to it, and at least it’s a good lesson for the family and enjoying the outdoors more than ever. Above Richard is playing with his children

“We prioritize what we want to do. For us it is mainly about going into nature. We make many one-pan dishes, pasta dishes and barbecues. We are also going to school the children along the way.’

Keira says she is confident she will take the reins of her children’s education and will draw inspiration from their environment to guide their learning.

She added: “For our upcoming trip, we plan to travel in our van for a year. We start in the Netherlands, go to Scandinavia and go back down through Finland.

In 2020 they were back in the UK for the birth of little Teddy but they have sold their house again and are preparing to move into their converted van, photographed from the outside

In 2020 they were back in the UK for the birth of little Teddy but they have sold their house again and are preparing to move into their converted van, photographed from the outside

‘We have a rough plan, but we will mainly determine our route along the way. The kids can’t wait.

“We hope our way of life teaches them that they don’t have to have the standard 9-5 way of life.

“We want them to feel the freedom to do what they want and not feel the pressure of society.

“As a family, we have formed such a great bond by traveling together and living in such small spaces. We wouldn’t change it for anything.’

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