I’m Gavin the God Father of World Wide With Kids, I am 32 years old and I’m loving our new life of full time travel. Back in England I worked as a delivery driver for a small firm in the Midlands. I was working roughly 50-90 hours a week to earn enough money to live comfortably. As a father and a husband, working that amount of hours was far from ideal. Finding quality time to spend with my family was hard and my health was beginning to suffer. I was living on 3 hours a sleep a night, I was smoking more and more, and eating junk food. It wasn’t going to end well if something didn’t change.
After seeing my father die at the age of 56, it highlighted to me how fragile life can be, and how you never know what is around the corner. I didn’t want to look back at my life and feel that I hadn’t achieved anything, I didn’t want to continue being a part of the daily grind just for it to happen all over again the following day. I didn’t feel like I was living, I was existing.
Once Liz and I sat down to discuss our options to change the way we were living, I knew we were entering a critical time in our lives. Our children were getting to the age where if we didn’t act now, then things would become more difficult in terms of school and friendships.
Setting fulltime travel in our sights!
We decided that applying for a job at Canvas Holidays was definitely a good idea and a way for us to be able to realise our dream, of full time travel.
When we found out we were successful with the job I was so excited, my heart was set on it, I couldn’t wait until we made the leap away from this life style.
I initially felt a little deflated when we found out that we were being placed in Germany. The problem was that I knew nothing about Germany, I had never contemplated travelling to Germany on holiday let alone considered living there for a matter of months. I was worried that this could end the dream of making the move abroad, so who did we turn to??? Google!! (of course!) We googled the camp site, and the local area, which I’m glad we did, the camp site looked ideal for our kids, the views looked spectacular, and the local area looked beautiful!
Although still not 100% sure that this was the country for us to get on with, we made the decision that we were just going to make the leap, after all what would I regret more? Giving it a go? Or not and having to carry on with our current life style? Obviously we made the move.
Do I miss anything from back in England?
Apart from the obvious (family), I miss my dog; unfortunately due to her nature it would have not been possible for her to come out with us and she now lives with my mom who treats her like her only child! She is the only thing that could have stopped us from coming out in the end, after all a dog is a mans best friend. To be fair she is much more than that, she is most definitely a part of the family. When I took her round my moms to live, I cried all the way home!
English fry up! There isn’t much food I do miss, the food in Germany is very similar to back in England. One definite difference though is the bacon. There is no comparison to the Danish bacon that we get back in England. That will be the first thing I have when we make a guest appearance back In England!
At one point I did miss English tea but luckily my mother in law sent out a parcel of tea bags and the Canvas Holidays Maintenance guy (Brett you know who you are!) brings me packs of tea when he comes to fix things.
That is all I miss, I cannot seriously think of anything else. I know we have made the right decision. The thought of going back to a job like I used to do is just not an option!
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