Find­ing a home on the road

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

WHEN Aaron and Jac­qui Dob­ner de­cided to pack up their home and four chil­dren and set out on an ad­ven­ture around Aus­tralia, they had never camped be­fore.

They have now clocked up more than 50,000km in their car­a­van over 14 months and are one of a grow­ing num­ber of young Aus­tralian fam­i­lies hit­ting the road to press the re­set but­ton on their lives.

Fig­ures from the Car­a­van In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion Of Aus­tralia show there are more car­a­van­ners and campers aged 30-54 than any other.

“It’s been such a ben­e­fit to our fam­ily — there is so much more than work­ing to pay a mort­gage,” Jac­qui, 36, said.

“We em­braced the min­i­mal­ist life­style,” Aaron said. “It was cathar­tic and very free­ing.”

READ MORE ON THE DOBNERS AND OTHER FAM­I­LIES ON THE ROAD, PLUS DIS­COVER THE BEST PLACES TO HAVE A CAR­A­VAN AND CAMP­ING AD­VEN­TURE, IN A SPE­CIAL IS­SUE OF ES­CAPE, $ 9.99, ON SALE NOW IN SU­PER­MAR­KETS AND NEWSAGENTS.

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