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    Default Buying a Caravan and Hitting the Road?

    Anyone done this? With kids?

    My 3 are all small and under the legal requirement for school attendance.
    My eldest has ASD (moderate) and there is nowhere for him to go at the moment in terms of kindy because they are simply not equipped (staff or facilities wise) or they're all full. We are attempting other options but the system is slow and here we sit, stagnating.

    DH and I are tossing the idea of just hitting the road for a year or two. Selling off everything that isn't nailed down, ending the lease in our house and giving our kids a different kind of education.

    I have a regular income that isn't location dependent and the pair of us have travelled before (just not with kids).

    I know this may sound whacked but I feel like there's an opportunity I might be wasting. Or perhaps I'm fantasising due to stress...

    All comments are welcome.

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    I don't have any experience, but check out the 'travel Australia with kids' Facebook page and private group. Heaps of families doing exactly what you suggested. They have an awesome website with loads of info on it too!

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    Do it and blog it so I can follow.

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    Even if they were school age nothing to stop you home schooling on the road.

    There are home schooling groups including kindy all over the country that meet up for shared learning and the social aspect

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    Do it... Sounds like the perfect opportunity for your family especially if you can take your job with you.

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    If I was in a position where I could do what you are proposing and maintain an income I would not hesitate!

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    Do it! What a great experience as a family. Even if your kids were school age, what they would learn whilst travelling, about our beautiful country, wouldn't be equalled in school. If you guys can maintain an income then what have you got to lose?

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    We have plans to do this within the next 2-3 years
    I can't wait!

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    I was expecting at least one cautionary tale! Thanks very much for the responses. I just feel this real pull to hit the road, like it'll be the only time I'll experience true freedom with my children you know? Part of me is kinda saying are you mad but the overall feeling is do it now, you won't get this chance again. It's quite a strong gut feeling actually. Maybe all the recent shiit was leading to this?

    And my DH is on board. But he worries that three kids is too much but, quite frankly, I can't see them developing here as they will on the road. He also worries about what kind of caravan we'll get - especially when we're basically povvo - but I'm just gonna put it out to the Universe and trust that we'll get the right one.

    Or the Cash Cow will here me and drop in. Ha.

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    I know it's not the same but end of July my DH will have his long service and we're going Perth to Broome and back over about 6 weeks, with what will be a 5 month old, 22 month old and 3 yr old, in a caravan.

    DH has moments of wondering if we're mad - mostly because all his work mates say he's nuts, but I remind DH, even if the kids are turds, they'd most likely be like that at home anyway, and at least we'll have a pretty view 😂 plus it's the perfect timing, we should all fit in mum and dads pop up caravan (big kids on fold down single top n tail, baby in portacot, us on double) he has long service so will take 8 weeks off work, I'm on mat leave so don't worry about holidays for me, and no ones started school yet.

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