12 things I love about living in a bus


1) When we drive, the vibrations makes the baby’s fat legs jiggle.  He’s the only one left with fat legs, and I’m going to relish them while I can.

2) I can sweep the whole bus in 30 seconds. In fact, many of the jobs are pint sized.


3) The front window is so big it’s like sitting in one of those panorama cinema 3D things.


4) We can’t go faster than 85 km/hr, so there’s no danger of arriving anywhere early.

5) Chris ‘works’ from ‘home’.


6) All the other busses have drivers who wave at us.

7) We use solar power all the time, and are forced by the size of our tanks to be water wise.  We are frugal with food, wastage, space energy and plastic crap.

8) My washing machine is so small, I can fit a whole load of laundry on my tiny indoor extendable line.


9) At night I can lie and look at the moon and stars and clouds moving over head. Or I can lie and look at the myriad little lights of all the little charging devices. Both are peaceful…

10) We have so little stuff, that if you say ‘where’s my hat?’ Or ‘where’s the hairbrush?’ No one says ‘ which one?’

11) We have one table. It’s either a dinner table or a desk or a laundry sorting bench or a workbench. But only one at a time.  Its 1/2 square meter of therapy for my multitasking frenetic busy soul.


12) I’m always travelling but always home. Perfect.


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23 Responses to 12 things I love about living in a bus

  1. Dyanne@TravelnLass April 29, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    Lovely. Most interesting and inspirational “12” lists ever!

    But I must say… #8 begs the question…

    Say what? You have a “washing machine” on board that thing??? 😉
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    • Jill April 30, 2014 at 11:02 am #

      Oh yes! and a bath room and toilet, kitchen, lounge and seats and beds for 7!

  2. Katharina April 30, 2014 at 4:30 am #

    It’s so nice to hear from you!
    Your bus looks very cosy, are you travelling Australia at the moment? I once lived in an old construction trailer (sorry, I don’t know if that’s the right word) for six months and I can’t say I missed a thing… Except, of couse, I couldn’t go anywhere 😉
    Greetings from Germany!

  3. Thursday April 30, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    Such a beautiful post. Such a privilege to meet you and your gorgeous family at Campfest in March.
    Keep rockin’ this beautiful life.

  4. Jo April 30, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    What a beautiful post – I so love and admire what you and your family are doing. Your life is so real, thanks for sharing.

  5. Jennifer Pearce April 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    I enjoyed reading about your new home. :) Sounds lovely! It really would be nice to keep things so simple for a change.

  6. Granny April 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    I do hope it will be very soon for you to once again enjoy the ’12 things you like most living in a bus’. xxxx

  7. Seana Smith May 1, 2014 at 3:31 am #

    That sounds very appealing indeed, simple, nomadic…. we’ve been camping a bit, very liberating but it could be time for swags so we can really see the stars.
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  8. Wendy Tanner May 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    Lovely getting your occasional posts – would love to bump into your little family again one day – maybe I will – it’s a small world!!
    If you ever drive your bus to near Bellingen, Northern NSW, you’re welcome to park it in our front yard. We live in a 600 acre community with beautiful forests, occasional clearings and a crystal clear creek!!

  9. Lisa Wood May 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    I often wondered what had happened to you guys…if you had go the Bedford Bus and how you went with Seat Belts….
    so good to hear you live in a Bus!! So good to hear the 12 things you love about living in a Bus – maybe we will meet somewhere sometime around Australia 😉
    Love your pictures, will you post more about the layout of the inside?
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    • Jill May 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      hi Lisa! Nice to hear from you. Yep, we put in 7 seat belts. What state are you in? Lets park up somewhere one day!

      I have some internal pics of all the mods we did, should I put them up?

      • Lisa Wood August 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

        Be great to catch up! We are in Wollongong NSW then heading north soonish :)

        Would love to say hi! Where are you guys?
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  10. Deb @ Bright and Precious May 13, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    LOVE reading your list. It’s all about perspective, isn’t it? I love your nomadic life and your way of thinking about it. xx

  11. Dianne May 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Yes, please put phots up of your mods!

    Good to hear from you again!

  12. Bron May 17, 2014 at 5:52 am #

    So lovely to hear from you all. Time goes by so very fast as I first thought it was snowy vacuuming then realised it must of course be baby boy, or maybe snowy 2. Would love a post from Sparky! Bron xx
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  13. Barbara May 23, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    So you ARE on the move again? I’d been wondering. I love the fact that you’re traveling but home at the same time. Wonderful!

    Would love to park near you guys next time we’re back in Australia, too!
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  14. Suki F May 25, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    These all sound like a lot of fun but the last one. That’s the special one. I would love to be able to say that.
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  15. Ellie May 29, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    I really like your blog and I hope that you will write mor about your life in a bus soon!

  16. Deborah June 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    Just when I start thinking this being back home thing has gone past it’s use by date and maybe we should buy a bus I see that is exactly what you have done! I hope we join you on the road sooner rather than later :-)

  17. Aussie Camper Van November 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    This is amazing to read. I liked your line saying, you are always home and you are always travelling. Now that is one hell of way to live life. Even the daily products you mentioned, like no, one asks which hairbrush or what table, that is simplicity at its best. The best part, watching stars at night, must have been a hell of a feeling huh…Travelling, working, LIVING… you people are an inspiration.

    Way to go…

  18. Xuxi November 23, 2014 at 2:25 am #

    wow! this is soo cool! haven’t tried staying inside the bus for about how many days.

  19. Fabiana December 11, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    Sounds a bit chaotic but I love it. I would like to do something similar for a while.
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