WGC family leave their normal lives behind to go travelling around UK and Europe
PUBLISHED: 06:57 07 March 2019
Ever thought about quitting your job, pulling the kids out of school, jumping in the car and driving off into the sunset?
What is a dream for many will become reality for one Welwyn Garden City family next month, when they leave their “normal” lives behind and hit the road on an adventure of a lifetime around the UK and Europe.
General builder Antony Hart and early years practitioner Lauren Tracy, their daughters Josie-Lei, 10, and Ellie, 6, and dog Lola will set off unsure where they will end up or if they will return.
The young family loosely plan to travel for a year and have so far mapped out about the first three months of their trip, which will be travelling across England, with the rest to be decided on the road.
“It could be amazing, it could be horrible, but until we try it we won’t know,” Antony said.
“Once we got it in our heads that we were doing it, we haven’t looked back.
“Now is the best time ... we were planning on moving anyway, so we might not come back to Welwyn Garden City, we hope to find somewhere amazing on the way and settle down there.”
A plumber by trade, Antony has already finished up at his building job to focus on modifying and converting Mercedes Sprinter Campervan they brought for the trip, with solar panels, roof racks and gas and water tanks among the additions.
Antony admitted there had been “mixed reactions” from friends, family and colleagues about their plans.
“A lot of people are like ‘wow, I wish we could do that, or wish we could afford to do that’,” he said.
“Some people think I’m a bit mental -- about one-fifth of people say we’re crazy, and look at us a bit funny.”
Antony said the idea for the adventure had started about a year ago when his mother-in-law bought a camper van and he jokingly suggested they buy one of their own and do a trip around the UK.
“That planted the seed and it kind of grew from there,” Antony said.
“I’m normally the person who says ‘no, no way, we can’t do that’ ... then before I knew it, I was taking a month off work to build our camper.”
The family will document their adventure on www.asprintaroundeurope.com and their Facebook page ‘A Sprint Around Europe’, including vlogging by the girls.