Feature Home: Freedom – Living in a Bus

February 6, 2012

The lovely Georgia from Documenting Delight agreed to visit the blog to tell me all about living in a bus!  I stumbled upon Georgia’s blog and was immediately enchanted by the captivating photographs and the spirit behind the words. I’m so glad to have you here Georgia; thank you for sharing your story with me.

Freedom – Living in a Bus

Living in a bus

“We  were able to really cement what was important to us and grow our confidence as parents together without pressures of rent and work.”

So Georgia, first things first: Where on earth did you find a bus?

Once we decided we wanted to live in a bus, finding one wasn’t that hard. It’s actually amazing to me how many already converted buses are out there.  I’d never noticed one before we started looking – now I see them all the time!

Next thing: How did you make it livable?

Well, my husband isn’t the handiest of men, so we knew right away we wanted something already done. Our bus came to us newly fitted out by a kind soul from Kingaroy. He did it all himself and it was, by far, the loveliest of all the fit outs we saw. It felt like a tiny cute apartment on wheels.

While researching we did come across lots of people who completed a fit out themselves and I admit, I wish we were that handy.

I think the things that made our bus so livable were storage (the gentleman who built it stuck cupboards in every free space) & aesthetics – he paid attention to detail with nice wooden bench tops and clean white tiles in the bathroom. Some of the other buses we looked at had a tap and a porta loo and that was the bathroom, I don’t think I could have lived feeling like it wasn’t a home.

Living in a bus -- bedroom

living in a bus -- kitchen

living in a bus -- living area

“I think all the ‘stuff’ we own these days weighs us down subconsciously.”

Now some fun questions:  Why was living in a bus a dream for you?

We wanted to live freely; we didn’t like the idea of paying out rent every week but we also didn’t want a mortgage. We realised with just one small baby, we actually didn’t need much space.

“We spent so much time outdoors.”

What is the secret of living simply?

Gratefulness for what you have.

Did you find that you utilised outdoor living more as a result from living in the bus?

Absolutely. We spent so much time outdoors. All our little girl’s first year of photos are outside. My husband would wake every morning with her and take her a long walk outdoors. She took her first steps through long grass.

living in a bus

“Gratefulness for what you have.”

What was the best and worst thing about living in a bus?

Well, it was the size and the…size. Living small has its advantages: I felt very in charge of everything we owned. I think all the ‘stuff’ we own these days weighs us down subconsciously and I remember feeling very free. The space was sometimes frustrating with a toddler who wanted to walk and a baby on the way.

Video tour of inside the bus

“We would live in a bus again in a heartbeat.”

How long did you live in your bus and what did you learn personally, as a couple, and a family during this time?

We lived in our bus for over 12 months. Making the choice to live simply that first year of parenthood (we moved into our bus with a 2 week old baby) meant that my husband was free to only work casually (only two shifts a week). This gave us our first year as a family to simply enjoy each other. We  were able to really cement what was important to us and grow our confidence as parents together without pressures of rent and work. We would live in a bus again in a heartbeat.

living in a bus -- outside

“We wanted to live freely.”

Do you have a question or comment for Georgia? Leave it in the comments below.

Georgia is a photographer & filmmaker who is busy documenting delight at Gregarious Peach.com. Read more about Georgia and her family on her blog; click the picture below.

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LeslieNo Gravatar February 6, 2012 at 8:02 am

How cool! I love seeing the unique and interesting ways people live!

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KellyNo Gravatar February 6, 2012 at 8:20 am

I love that you priortised your first year of family like this. It’s inspiring! I love your bus, and your reasons behind living in it. x

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Deb @ Home life simplifiedNo Gravatar February 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

Thanks for sharing this and leading me to Georgia’s blog – our family dream is to spend a year driving around Australia and working in bursts to keep funds up. Can’t wait to show this to my husband tonight – he will get excited for sure.

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TrishNo Gravatar February 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

LOvely post < I would love to live in a bus. We lived in a 30ft caravan for a year about 10 yrs ago.

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Colin WeeNo Gravatar February 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I took my son and myself camper-vanning end of last year and thought it was one of the best trips I’ve ever had. We bonded really well, and I’d also do it again in a heartbeat. I’m sure your time on your bus was special! What a fantastic post. Colin

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JanetNo Gravatar February 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm

We travelled around Australia in a caravan when our children were small, best thing we ever did for our family. Our kids still talk about it now, 10 years later. At the time they were 7 and 4 turning 5 (Year 2 and prep) so we had to homeschool. It was especially beneficial for my husband who got to spend lots of time with the kids instead of always being at work. And living in such a small space really does help you work out the priorities of life!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar February 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

sounds perfect!

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bil ruchiatNo Gravatar July 25, 2012 at 9:46 am

I love to live on the bus…..thats our dream, me ,wife n 3 children. hopely we will be on the road by next year….beingfree. see you somewhere in our journey n thank for sharing this Greg. Have fun

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