We want to take you back to the beginning with our first blog, so here it is:
Many ideas have been conjured up over a few beers. Mark Zuckerberg created the forerunner to Facebook, J K Rowling came up with Quidditch and the idea of quitting our jobs, selling up and taking ‘one year off’ to travel was born.
Ok, so at first it was a pipe dream and there were lots to consider before realising it. Can we really quit our good jobs? We have a nice house, why would we sell it? We are young, why not do it when we are retired?
These and all of the other 997 reasons not to do it were on our mind. Nevertheless, after some budgeting, planning and more beers, the deciding factor was as simple as “sod it, let’s just do it”.
So the next hurdle was money and how can we travel without totally blowing all the profit we had made from the house on luxury hotels, flights and cheese (Wizz has a complete obsession). Then came the lightbulb moment… Let’s buy a motorhome.
We realised that with a motorhome, we can visit some amazing places but at the end of the day, we always come back to our own bed, the idea of that made us happy. Plus, with Luke’s sensible accountants head on it would give us something that, at the end of the one year off, we could sell and have some money left to get ourselves back on the property ladder.
So, the hunt was on! Old or new, which layout to choose, fixed bed or make up bed, what size, what make… the list was endless.
After hours of trawling through websites and visiting dealers, we came up with our dream list. A four-berth, fixed French bed with decent storage space, a big shower room with separate shower and under 3.5 tonnes (showing our age here, Luke’s licence doesn’t let him drive anything bigger). Oh and of course, it HAD to be in budget, which Luke and his spreadsheets were in charge of – £40k.
We visited a local dealer, after a recommendation from Luke’s work colleague, to go and view a Bailey Advance 76-2, which was “100% our type on paper!!!”. Sometimes though, as the contestants on Love island find out, what is your type on paper, might be absolutely awful in real life, luckily for us, this wasn’t the case.
We both loved it the moment we walked through the door. Ok ok, it was over what we wanted to spend, but after some fudging of the budget (good accountancy practice) and some serious negotiations with various dealers, we sealed the deal. A brand new, 68 plate Bailey, which ticked all our boxes, including extras (awning, aerial, solar panel, bike rack & camera) for £43k, SOLD!