Mackayla, Corey, Cody, Ally, Ava and Chloe Sealby at a Mount Kelly cane farm.
Mackayla, Corey, Cody, Ally, Ava and Chloe Sealby at a Mount Kelly cane farm.

Road trippin' family of six embarks on epic adventure

THIS Queensland family of six has ditched the daily grind, packed up their lives and hit the road for a year.

Talking from a beach somewhere near Ayr, Ally Sealby from Goodna explains why they hit the road four weeks ago.

"We weren't happy with life, we were in a rut," Mrs Sealby said.

She described family life in Goodna as the same day in day out, getting the children to school, going to work, getting home late and repeat.

That was until they embarked on the trip of a life time.

"I still remember it, I was on my way home from work one day, Corey rang and said 'stuff it lets do it'. We had always talked about it, but we were always trying to pay the house off."

For the next year the family will be road tripping around Australia, heading up the north coast, before detouring to Alice Springs and then exploring Darwin and Western Australia.

They pulled their two eldest daughters out of Springfield Central State Highschool and their youngest two children out of Greenbank State School and hit the road on July 2.

 

Ava Sealby collecting shells on the family road trip.
Ava Sealby collecting shells on the family road trip.

This week they've been staying on a cane farm at Mount Kelly south of Ayr.

The trip is something that Mrs Sealby's parents had wanted to do, but sadly they never got to.

"My mum and dad always wanted to travel Australia, but mum died at 48, from cancer," she said.

"I've had preventative surgery for breast cancer.

"Dad died at 66 from cancer.

"What I'm doing now is what my mum and dad wanted to do.

"Life's too short, I've had too many people around me die young.

Mrs Sealby said there was so much to see that "you probably need four years" to get to it all.

"Who knows, we say 12 months, but who knows.

"The plan is to get a map and find a nice spot."

They are avoiding the main tourist spots to save a bit of money.

"We talked about doing it for years. We decided it was this year, it's only money."

Her husband Corey was self employed and did property maintenance around Springfield for 15 years and Mrs Sealby left a government job.

While the family say they will be going backwards financially, what the kids will learn can't be bought.

"We're living life for now. Life experience is more important."

Now the family are meeting grey nomads on the road who say they wished they had travelled around Australia when they were younger.

"If we can inspire others, that's great."

 

The Sealby's have ditched up the daily grind and have decided to travel around Australia for a year.
The Sealby's have ditched up the daily grind and have decided to travel around Australia for a year.

How they did it:

The Sealby's have rented out their house at Goodna which covers the mortgage and insurance payments.

Before they left they consolidated their car loans into the mortgage.

"We had to save. Then we re-financed all our small loans together into the mortgage," Mrs Sealby said.

"We now have someone renting the house that pays for that side of things and when we re-financed we added more money to the mortgage which is helping fund the trip.

"We also sold a lot of our own and the kids possessions in garage sales to help fund the trip.

"Some people sell up, we're fortunate enough to rent it."

They've budgeted $1200 a week which includes car insurance, food, accommodation and petrol.

They are towing an off-road Jayco Expander caravan and have solar hooked up so they can free camp without power when needed to save money.

Where they can they will use farm stays which costs as low as $12.50 a night and save for caravan parks which can cost $80 to $160 a night.

Schooling on the road:

While the family travels around Australia, they are being home schooled and the kids are thriving.

Ava, 8, Cody, 10, Chloe, 12 and Mackayla, 14 started school at the end of the winter break like any other Queensland student.

"We try to get in two hours a day, morning or night," Mrs Sealby said.

The family got advice form experts before starting and use text books and a curriculum.

"It's working well. The kids seem to be liking it."

Mrs Sealby said her son Cody was making a huge improvement in math.

"We've been told they will probably go back and be in front. It was suggested to only do two hours a day.

"We hope by the time we get back they will slot back into their grades."

Mackayla Sealby said she enjoyed being home schooled.

"It's pretty good, it's more one on one. I understand a lot more," she said.

"It can be hard not seeing my friends every day, but they'll still be there when we get back."

Her highlight from the trip has been watching how they burn the cane off.

"I've never heard of it before. It's so loud and you can feel the heat."

So far the travelling has been fairly easy, except the long trips - which could lead to arguing amongst the siblings.

In the car they usually they just read a book or write in their journal - part of their home work.

The kids have also started a Youtube channel while on the road.

"It's just us four kids without mum and dads help."

  • You can follow the family's journey on Facebook search Livan for now, see the children's Youtube search Livanfornow Kids 2018.


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