Couple ditch renting to live on a vintage bus – and save hundreds a month

Laurie Brown, 34, and her husband Chris, 33, were bored of the typical life of renting a house and working a 9 to 5.

So they decided to pack it all in and move aboard a vintage bus.

The couple met in Australia seven years ago on Tinder, and after adopting two dogs, they wanted to give tiny living a go.

The moment they found a 1968 Austin bus for just $8,500 AUD (£5,500), they knew it was the one.

Chris has his own business where he transforms antiques into lamps, so knew he could manage turning the bus into the perfect home on wheels.

The pair spent 18 months giving the vehicle a full re-fit, creating a kitchen, bedroom, and living space where they’d be happy to hang out for months on end.

Laurie said: ‘The bus has an industrial and cosy feel. We used as much second-hand material as we could when completing the renovations.

‘It has all the mod cons. We have a microwave, shower, air conditioning, a toilet and a washing machine.

‘At the back of the bus we have the toilet and shower area, we then have our bedroom, and then towards the front of the bus we have the kitchen area,

‘We don’t need a seating area as we sit outside most of the time.’

Once the bus was ready, Laurie, Chris, and their two dogs, George and Frankie, set off on an adventure around Australia.

Laurie is now pregnant, and will soon welcome the couple’s first child into the bus lifestyle.

‘It’s going to be a packed bus but we can’t wait,’ she said.

‘We bought the bus just before coronavirus hit, and when we were halfway through the renovations we found out we were expecting a baby.

‘We still wanted to continue with moving on to the bus.

‘I am due in two weeks and I am not nervous at all about having a baby while living on the bus.

‘The bus is like a hotel on wheels and we adapted so well to tiny living.’

As well as giving them the change in lifestyle they were craving, the bus has allowed the couple to save over $1,500 AUD (£800) a month on rent.

Chris is able to keep working while they’re on the move, so it’s proven to be quite the money-maker.

The family have no regrets and have no plans to return to a conventional house – it’s bus life all the way.

‘Our favourite thing about our life on the bus is that we can just be wherever we want,’ said Laurie. ‘We have total freedom and no ties.

‘Due to the limited amount of space we had to get rid of lots of stuff.

‘But then you realise you don’t really need it anyway and you just had it for the sake of it.

‘We can’t wait to continue our travel plans after the baby arrives.

‘For us, we believe that home is where you park it.’

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