This is a translation of an interview of me and Martin, the owner of a czech website about digital nomads. Martin is an internet marketing consultant and his wife Lenka is a graphic designer. Both of them are freelancers.
We all want the best for our kids. Some of us give it to them by unlimited supply of toys and fun, some of us by Montessori or Waldorf education. Me and my wife have decided to enrich the life of our whole family more evenly. My name is Vita Valka and I travel with my wife and our two girls (3 and 4 years old) by caravan. We became addicted to the nomad life when we hit our very first road back in 2012.
First autumn trip. Into Croatia for second time to a great campsite near Split. Three weeks of intermittent windy and sunny weather and short days have different atmosphere than spring.
Sun has heated the northern hemisphere and we set out on trip to see first country outside Europe. Turkish spring is beautiful. We made over 8.000 km on highways, roads and dirt roads. Wonderful 59 days.
Martin Rosulek interviewed me in 2014. Martin is a great and busy marketer who travels with his girlfriend and works from many awesome locations. We’ve met a few times and always had fruitful discussions about life, values and the joy of doing unusual things.
Two years ago we have slowed down drastically. We’ve changed our approach to work and realised, that the goal isn’t building a family house and looking after a garden. I bought a caravan, furnished it with the most essential stuff and together with my wife & kids we’ve started to live on the road.
Forget travel agencies. Blend work and holiday for a whole new experience. Travel without an organised schedule. It costs just a bit of effort and knowing your life priorities.
The truth is that paying for toll roads when traveling on a camping trailer isn’t worth it. You typically drive at about 80km an hour – the same speed you’d travel at on non-toll roads – and you pay way higher fees than you would on car, about 150 to 200% more than the typical car fees. If you a have new trailer, certified for traveling at 130 km/h, you’re better off, but your fuel consumption goes up.
Summer nicely accelerated all the changes. I wouldn’t believe that caravan would work so great. We started two years ago and I already know about a couple of new caravan travellers. I also know about Transporter guys and few other wannabes. Some are also changing from alcove to fully integrated RV.
My name is Víťa Válka and I am an illustrator and a designer for a living. After the birth of our children, I’ve completely changed the way of our summer vacation and my work. Untouched by caravan travels, I reassessed my options in 2012 and I bought the English caravan Coachman. It’s fully equipped for traveling, no matter how long. I could not have believed it myself.