ONE BRITISH man is living the dream after leaving behind traditional working life to travel around Europe with his Australian girlfriend in a Ford Transit van that they converted for under £2,000.
The couple paid £900 for the knackered work van, £450 to make it roadworthy and £1,000 to complete the inside conversion.
They’ve clocked up 2,000 miles so far on the 2003 Ford transit and love life on the road.
Aaron Goodfellow, 27, from Southampton, and Sophie Taylor, 24, from Wamberal, Australia, met in Switzerland before taking the plunge to travel around Europe in a van.
Aaron said: “We both enjoy embracing and exploring cultures other than our own, therefore we love to travel and work abroad which is where we met.
“Being from countries on opposite sides of the world we were lucky enough to land jobs in Verbier, Switzerland, and after the season finished in May, we had worked hard and saved some money to be able to travel work free for a part of the summer.
“While playing a card game in a Clapham pub and drinking a bottle of red, Sophie just said ‘Lets buy a van, convert it and travel through Europe.'”
Aaron and Sophie departed from Southampton two weeks ago and took the ferry to Calais, with plans to drive along the coast around Europe.
After France they will head to Spain and Portugal, then over to Morocco to drive towards to Sahara desert.
Italy and Croatia will be next, followed by Slovenia, Austria and Germany, with plans to eventually to reach Belgium, Netherlands Denmark and Sweden.
Aaron said: “Every day is competently different despite living out of the same van, the views in the morning and evenings are stunning.”
He continued: “Sounds of the wildlife, ocean and the breeze rolling off the waves – we’re living a very simple lifestyle.
“The freedom to drive almost anywhere at any time and choose to stay another day or move on is very versatile.”
Although their home on wheels is a 20th of the size of a house, the pair still operate a normal daily routine.
Aaron said: “We have a minimum two cooked meals a day, then chill around or go for long walks and exercise, with a comfortable place to rest our heads at the end of the day.
“It is a minimal style of living, we have to conserve our water when it comes to washing up and showering along with well-planned meals but we feel that it really does make you appreciate small things in a modern home such as hot unlimited water for washing and cleaning.
“After removing access to TV shows, and films from our usual routine we have spent so much more time talking and just spending quality time together.”
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