Meet Kelly and Chris Carpenter and their two children. An Aussie traveling family who say yes to life. The Carpenter’s sold their home, packed up their belongings,
picked up their two kids to travel Australia in a caravan and live the life that’s important to them
Kel and Carps (as we like to call Chris) are very special to the Makepeace family. Carps is Craig’s best friend, and Kelly, who we grew up with, played a big hand in Craig and getting together. So you can imagine the big thumbs up Carps got when he and Kelly first got together. They are a great couple, and an inspiration to Craig and I. They show us that traveling doesn’t have to stop when you have children. The Carpenters are truly living life out of the box and creating a lifetime of happy family memories.
Can you tell us a little about your travel experiences?
Chris has traveled a lot of the world, and has a special affinity with Africa. Myself, I’ve done Bali but the rest has been within Australia.
You’ve been living in a campervan for 3 years now traveling Australia. What made you decide to sell your house and get out of the box to live this life on the road?
Two years and we have upgraded to a caravan. But the catalyst to me (Kell) doing this was a sick niece. Seeing what her, her family and our family went through made me stop a see that what is truly important to me is my HEALTH! Without that is all a bit unnecessary, for me!
Do you have any regrets about leaving the box?
Not at all! It’s a no brainer, we are living the life we both agree, agrees with us!
What do you love most about your life?
Being out in fresh air a lot of the time with the kids; constantly meeting new, very interesting people; having quality time with our kids while we can!
What has been your most memorable travel experience?
Just one? Hmmmmmmmm that’s hard! Learning how to work as a team!!! “Its all about organization” Carpo says to me every pack up day! ……..And he’s right!!!
What are some of the challenges of living like this with two children?
Showering, toileting, teething, illnesses, being organized! Keeping 4 year old entertained happy and healthy while trying to contain a crawling bub! But I love it!!! Ive had a baby in a house and in a caravan and I personally felt more isolated in a house! …..possibly because I’m busy . He heh he!! But its awesome and we are a good team!
How do you sustain yourself travelling the country like this? You must be really wealthy?
We work along the way, that’s why we have only done the east coast so far in 2 years!
What are some of the most inspiring places you have seen so far?
Where do you see yourself going next and how do you decide what that will be?
We have different plans constantly, I’d like to say we discuss and weigh up best options ….but that’s not how we work… we live day by day, save our money, and take opportunities when possible. We are working towards a goal at moment, getting paid well and receiving valuable information about our goals!
What impact do you think this has had on your children? Do you ever worry that by not living the conventional life, they are missing out on anything, like forming solid friendships in their neighbourhood?
The positive impact far outways the negative impact! We spend valuable time together, and with interesting people, my kids are constanly meeting new people so they are very social. When Sari is sleeping it’s Tane and my time to do crafts, read books, write letters, or build cubby houses! Tane can recognize his name and most the letters of the alphabet,and the numbers1-10. I don’t worry they don’t have friends, tane has a great friend that we met last year when we lived on Magnetic Island,Jy ,and they will be friends for life. I feel Sari will hopefully get a friend like that as she gets bigger!
What about overseas travel? Have you done this before and can you see yourselves doing it with the kids?
YES! Africa is on our to do list! And a lot more!
Because it gives you the opportunity to assess your inner most beliefs and alter them as needed! You just never know what opportunities will come your way! So we say
YES most of the time!