Family-of-six convert school bus into family home to travel across America

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
Would you pack your life into boxes to go travelling? [Photo: Instagram]

Debbie, 33, and Gabriel Mayes, 45, packed up their traditional life to travel America in a converted school bus.

Debbie, who hails from Wigan in the UK, met her future husband in a ministry school in Texas and the couple married two years later.

But after twelve years of working multiple jobs the pair, who have four children together, began to grow tired of their 5,000-square-foot home.

“We were first inspired to travel because we hated the cold winters in Illinois and dreamed of moving to California and warmer temperatures,” the Mayes told Yahoo Style UK. “We saw a video of a converted school bus and thought that it would be the perfect way to allow us to take our kids to see the whole of the US and save money on renting a house when we got to California!”

After buying a 17-year-old American school bus for £27,000, the couple spent two months converting it into a liveable space and they haven’t looked back since.

So far, the family-of-six have travelled over 3,000 miles across Arkansas, Tennesee, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nevada before finishing up in California.

The couple plan to eventually settle down in Northern California in their forever home but before then, the family plan to visit either Alaska or Mexico.

 

“The best thing is how connected our family has become,” Debbie told the Metro. “We used to find ourselves all spending time in different rooms of the house but now the kids read to each other in their bunks, go on biking adventures and we all curl up together on the couches and watch movies.”

And for parents out there reading this and wishing that they too could pack their life up into boxes and hit the open road, the couple has some advice.

 

“Don’t waste time worrying about what other people will think or if everything is perfectly planned. We get so many emails from people who are miserable with their current life and want to do something similar,” the Mayes told Yahoo Style UK. “And there is always a BUT (well paying job they can’t leave, family that disagrees etc) if you are unhappy with where you are at you are only one decision away from changing everything and you will feel so much freedom when you start living your life the way you feel called to live it!” 

The couple added: “Sometimes starting can just mean minimising what you already have, or not living beyond your means… taking any step in that direction will get your momentum going, you don’t have to make a sudden big leap like we did!”


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