The very best thing about the one place that we feel the most freedom is that it is not just one place…it is everywhere we go.
Our freedom does not come in the shape of a country, a city, a town.
Not a valley, a forest or a waterfall, its not even on the top of some remote mountain where one can feel the kiss of the clouds on your cheeks…our freedom is our home.
It is Peggy, our 25 year old Dodge camper van.
We have been close companions for 2 years now…I actually call her ‘the other woman’ and Alex calls me ‘the other woman’…oh how we laugh!
The story goes like this.
We set off on a rather disorganised adventure by literally booking the cheapest flight out of dodge and landing in Toronto, Canada.
When we landed we felt we had made it, we were away from home, we were stripped of all material things and we were free…and…We were trapped!
We had backpacks and a tent and no idea where to start! We sat in a grotty basement room in a grotty overpriced hostel and trawled the internet for trains, buses, flights…anything to actually move
forward…to begin this travel that we so craved.
We knew what our daily budget was and we were already blowing it just sitting still, how we were going to get anywhere for free was a mystery! PLUS, we were touching 30 and having had our own homes for a good 5 years…this hostel lark was doing nothing for us. We knew we wouldn’t last two minutes sharing bunk bed filled dorms with the young unwashed so we needed another plan.
We decided to look for a car, a cheap reliable run around. As we made this search online we noticed a LOT of campers for sale and some of them were even in our price range…a little old and clapped out but our budget driven minds got to work and we figured that if we could have our transport, accommodation and meals all in one place then we would make a huge saving!
We hired a car and drove to 5 separate towns viewing second hand campers…none of them ticked all of the boxes and we just had one left to see. Feeling a little deflated we went along anyway…the second we drove into the street where she was parked I knew she was the one. It was love at first sight. We had just found our new home.
Peggy was originally intended to take us from east to west Canada and then we were going to sell her and look into other means of transport BUT within a month of being at home on the road we were hooked and she is still with us.
We have driven 65,000km+ over the Americas, 20 countries and counting and we are going to keep going, all the way to Australia…in our home!
As far as we are concerned there is no better way to see the World .
Our freedom is being able to go wherever we want to. Not being tied to a schedule, a timetable or relying on another person. We go where the wind takes us and love to get lost because even lost we are still at home.
Peggy is our Independence; she is our freedom to travel.
She is the place we ARE free.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Lisa and Alex, a couple in love on an adventure of a lifetime, travelling and finding friends, adventure and fun whilst immersing themselves in the cultural differences of wedding ceremonies all over the World.
Since early 2011, they have participated in more than three dozen wedding ceremonies in over 25 countries, in the two years they have been on the road. Follow their story on www.2people1life.com