A high-flying mum who risked everything to travel the world with her family says it’s improved her life in so many ways.
Jennifer Constant was working as an account director in fundraising when she decided it was time for a change.
In 2016, the mum – along with her husband Terry – decided to quit the rat race, sell their four-bedroom Bristol home and move into a campervan with their one-year-old son, to travel the world.
The family saw their lives change overnight, as they set off in their £12,000 campervan from Norfolk to travel to Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and other countries.
From the road, Jennifer launched a celebrant directory and digital marketing agency – working from libraries and internet cafés. And her business is now a great success and has boosted her income from £40,000 to six figures.
Now, the 37-year-old plans to have enough to retire in the next 10 years.
Jennifer says: ‘If we’d stayed put, I wouldn’t have done what I’ve done. I never knew I had it in me to actually make that kind of money – it blows me away.’
The couple also welcomed their second son Arlo in Spain, in December 2019 – and they say their nomadic life is great for spending more quality time together.
‘We had everything we desired – the jobs, the house and our son – but it wasn’t right. It wasn’t what we wanted,’ adds Jennifer.
‘I suffered really badly with anxiety before we left, because I was worried about everything – what shoes I wore, what my hair looked like, painting and decorating the house, having a nice car etc.
‘It wasn’t until we were out of our comfortable home, living out of one tiny cupboard in a motorhome, where I built my businesses, that I realised, “Hey, there’s so much more to life, and so much more that I can give my children.”
‘Choosing this lifestyle has freed me.’
Before selling their home and belongings in 2016, Jennifer says she and Terry were burnt out from working, in order to afford their lifestyle.
As they were both working full-time, they also say they missed out on Ethan’s early years, while forking out £1,000 a month for his nursery fees alone.
And with the current cost of living crisis, Jennifer is glad her family took the leap of faith back in 2016.
She adds: ‘The UK is so unaffordable right now that I don’t want to get myself back in a big mortgage.
‘I would never have imagined I would earn six figures from businesses that I built in a campervan with two kids living nomadically.
‘But we’ve done it and we’ve never been happier, less stressed or more successful.’
The pandemic meant the family were forced to stay in one place, so they sold their motorhome and rented a flat in Spain.
But when restrictions lifted in summer 2020, they resumed their adventures and starting house-sitting across Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and the USA.
The family are now back in the UK, where they are house-sitting in Worthing.
Currently, their largest outgoing is the boys’ education, with £500 a month going towards private school for Ethan and £300 a month on nursery for Arlo.
Elsewhere, they spend just £70 a week on food and £400 on bills and other expenses.
Jennifer admits that every day is different and the family ‘pretty much fly by the seat of their pants.’
She adds: ‘We don’t have any routines and the kids don’t have bedtimes – the only thing we have to fit around is my work.’
They eventually plan to be totally self-sufficient and build a home that will be completely off-grid.
Jennifer says they also want to remove their children from mainstream education and give them more tailored and practical learning from tutors at home.
She continues: ‘We want to be completely self-sustainable and build a home in Portugal or Spain.
‘When you think about the future and climate change, we don’t know what the world will look. We want to build a home with solar energy, our own water system and just be full on off-grid, so we don’t have the bills.
‘We will finally be able to live with complete freedom and without work.’
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