Living Large By Living Small – Why I Chose An Alternative Lifestyle

I’ve been featured in a magazine in Pittsburgh by a journalist I met in Sarajevo.

Click on the link below to read the article about our alternative lifestyle, featured in @postindustrial:

Living Large By Living Small

After losing their jobs, a couple converts an Army truck and hits the road

The journalist, Carmen Gentile, wrote Blindsided by the Taliban, an account of how he was shot in the face by a rocket propelled grenade while embedded in the Army in Aghanistan. He was lucky to survive. His book is a fascinating insight into the complicated life and loves of a war correspondent.

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Published by Jacqueline Lambert @WorldWideWalkies

AD (After Dogs) - We retired early to tour Europe in a caravan with four dogs. "To boldly go where no van has gone before". Since 2021, we've been at large in a 24.5-tonne self-converted ex-army truck called The Beast. BC (Before Canines) - we had adventures on every continent other than Antarctica!

8 thoughts on “Living Large By Living Small – Why I Chose An Alternative Lifestyle

  1. Jackie! What a fabulous story! Congrats on being featured! Wow, I loved your story about how you guys came to be RVers. I commend you both on your guts to do this in midlife. It’s my dream to live abroad. My hubby and I were going to take the plunge contemplating and looking at places in Mexico. We both felt we needed to make some new roots somewhere else. You are living life to its fullest for sure! I just wonder, if you rented out your home and travel the world, don’t you have to go back home every so many months to maintin your citizenship? Hugs ❤

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  2. Thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed reading – and I hope it helps to inspire you to follow your dreams. I always say that the thought of a life change is almost always worse than the reality. However, you don’t have to jump in with both feet as we did. Long-term rentals (6 or 12 months) can be relatively inexpensive, and that allows you to dip your toe into another life and see how you like it.
    There are implications with our travelling lifestyle, although not with British citizenship by birth, which can only be removed in extreme circumstances. We tend to return to the UK at least annually, because our vehicles need an MOT (Motor Ordinance Test), which is a requirement for our vehicle insurance. It is possible to get vehicle insurance without an MOT, but of course it is expensive. Travel insurance is also another thorny topic, since with most policies, a year is usually the maximum, and few policies can start when you are already out of the country. Again, there are always options, but they come with additional cost.
    Healthcare is also a potential issue, since the UK’s NHS (National Health Service) operates on the basis of free healthcare if you are ‘ordinarily resident’. It’s a bit fuzzy, but in simple terms, if you’re out of the country for too long, you lose your rights to free healthcare, but if you return to live, you’re immediately entitled to your rights once again.
    Our stays in the EU/Schengen area are limited now to 90 days in a 180-day period because of Brexit, but if you stay in some countries for more than half the year (183 days) you become liable for tax in that country. We were refused an Italian visa, which would have allowed us to stay in Italy without it counting towards our 90 Schengen days, but the trade off was Italy’s wealth tax, which allows them to tax your overseas assets, such as our house in the UK!
    It’s certainly a complicated business and you have to do your homework.


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