Family's new life on the road
THERE has to be more to life.
These were the thoughts husband and wife duo David and Lisa Wood shared before selling the family home on the Sunshine Coast and hitting the open road in a 1970 Bedford Comair motorhome with their five boys.
"I had a bad day at work and thought, 'there's got to be more to life than this'," Mrs Wood, a former nurse, said.
After hearing travel stories from friends, Mrs Wood returned home from work and began searching for what would be soon become their new home.
"David left his eBay account on and I put a bid in (for a motorhome) and didn't tell him," she said.
An $18,000 offer was made and, to the family's surprise, they were the final bidders and the 40-year-old bus was theirs.
"I shook my head and walked off," Mr Wood said.
Major repair work was needed to fix the water-logged bus, so the couple and their sons Zachery, 15, Nicholas, 12, Cameron, 9, and Kyle, 6, headed to Avondale to Mr Wood's parents' home, where they have spent the past seven months doing repair works.
"While we were finishing it off it (living at Avondale) was saving us rent," Mr Wood said.
While their eldest son Hayden, 17, has headed off to join the Navy, the remaining four children will be home-schooled during their travels around Australia.
The adventure-seeking parents say they have no regrets taking their children out of school and embarking on the trip of a lifetime.
"We looked at the lifestyle we were leading and said, 'that's not for us'," Mr Wood said.
"Once the decision was made it wasn't too hard a thing to do."
The family has created their own website, New Life on the Road, where each family member will blog about their adventures.
"I've loved blogging - it's been a passion of mine for three years," Mrs Wood said.
"Two months ago we had 9500 hits and last month we had 10,500 visitors."
The family will eventually earn an income by selling affiliate products on their website, and Mrs Wood also coaches internet marketing to online customers and sells a blogging program.
Mr Wood, a boat builder by trade, said the family had not set any time frames for their travels and would take each destination as it came.
"We're more or less going to follow our noses," he said.
The family will leave Bundaberg today and head south for the beginning of their exciting new chapter.
To follow the family's journey, visit www.newlifeontheroad.com.