The Rolling Home
“When all things collide. After miles of driving, hot sticky cruising. We found our friends and were nothing but content.”
For many people having the chance to drive across a country for a few weeks is a perfect holiday. And that’s all it is. When your two or three weeks are finished it’s time to return home and back to your day job. The memories are something special but the harsh reality is that most of us have to continue our lives and the few moments of adventure we get are cherished to say the least. Many people when asked, “What would you do if you had a lottery win?” answer with some kind of epic road trip. Many say Route 66 or a journey across Europe with no limits and just the open road. Even with a lump of money behind you it takes a certain amount of bravery to take the plunge and set off on a road trip like this. What about if all you had was a beaten up T4 van, some crazy ideas and childhood memories of sandy feed and diesel fumes? Would you do it then? Calum & Lauren did just that.
They bought the T4 in the summer of 2010 with 120,000 miles on the clock. It had lived a previous life as a works van and then later as a motorcycle hauler. With a basic idea of what they needed, from previously owning a van, they went about building “The Rolling Home.”
According to Calum and Lauren, the design is simple and is not like the traditional layouts seen in many VW conversions. Side units and a Rock and Roll bed were not practical. Storage was key when living on the open road. Timber was used instead of modern material. Although heavier their ethos was “the slower you go, the more time there is to take in your surroundings.” The porthole window and the hightop roof came later as they learnt on the move.
The van was the perfect tool to take them wherever they wanted to go. Each spot of rust and scratch in the worn paint is a reminder of where they have been. One scratch may be from the pine forests of the Baltic Sea and another may be from the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean.
I could spent an age explaining all about their journeys and travels, but that would not help Calum and Lauren. After a staggering 80,000 miles of driving, the van is showing the signs of it’s adventures. A Kickstarter project was launched in 2015 to raise money for the van and to keep it on the road for another 5 years, and with that another 5 years of exploring. A lot of money has been raised but you can still help their cause by heading to the Rolling Home website and buying their book, documenting the last 5 years.
Full of amazing photos, interesting stories about where they went and the people they met and recipes for food on the road plus some lovely artwork too, the book is very special. Many people would ask, “why should I?” The answer is simple. Many of us cannot do what these two can. They make the world a better place and surely we should all be trying to fill the world with happier memories, exciting moments and more freedom. They do it because they can, and who are we to stop them?
I’ll leave you with the final words in their book,
“Fill your life with beautiful moments.”