Kirsty and Calum Fraser (pictured) have written to routeone looking to buy a used coach – preferably a manual Volvo B10M with Van Hool or Jonckheere bodywork under £7,000 – as a home conversion project.
The pair live in Scotland with their two boys Caeleb and Freddy, and are seeking “suitable options” that will help them start to their new life journey on the road.
“Since the pandemic and the world changing, our view for what we want out of our lives is changing,” says Kirsty. “We want to live life on purpose, go on adventures, and show
our kids that life doesn’t have to be lived the same way as everyone else.”
Kirsty’s background is in commercial interior design, and she has a business doing family food classes and events.
The family plans to use the coach as a pop-up café on their journey, to take Kirsty’s business on the road, meet new people, and bring their offering to a wider audience.
“As well as the café and offering the classes that I do, we are going to be looking to do farm tours,” she adds. “We’re going to build an online presence, through things like social media, and so hopefully others can connect with our journey and we can inspire more people – showing there are other ways of living life with a family.”
Further plans down the road include a permaculture food garden, designed in harmony with Mother Earth, of which the coach – and maybe even further vehicles – will form a part.
“Once we have converted the coach and lived on it for a year or longer (depending on how much we love it!), when we come back, we will be looking for some land and starting our own permaculture food garden and getting some animals.
“The coach – if it works well as a home – we may decide to continue living in. It’s a trial period. If it does work well, when we have our land, we will be looking at having a fleet of buses and expanding our own home to include a stationary double-decker bus which we would renovate. We would look to then have more vehicles to use as accommodation for guests to stay on our land, harvest our garden, cook with our family, and have the whole experience around the business.
“We’re also looking to reach out to farmers of this country in the meantime, and offer our labour with anything they may need help with in return for off-learning – learning how to plant and grow – for the next phase of our journey.
“In exchange we plan to give them a platform to bring more awareness and exposure about local farming.”
Anyone with a suitable coach should contact Kirsty Fraser at email@example.com or 07714 033186