“We decided we needed a change - that change had to include freedom and adventure,” says Harriet Evans, 28. Together with her boyfriend Josh, 25, they quit their jobs, bought a van and set off around Europe. “For months, we wondered if it was the right thing to do but it’s hands down the best decision we’ve ever made.”
Saving up for travelling
Harriet and Josh met six years ago through working for a children’s activity centre in Surrey called PGL. As part of their jobs as instructors and programme directors, food and accommodation was provided on site so they were able to save lots of their salary. But they still worked two jobs each from January this year, through to May - Harriet as a cleaner in a gym and Josh delivering pizzas.
“We worked as hard as we could and spent as little as possible,” she says. “We bought ourselves a VW Transporter van and converted it ourselves into our very own campervan - that was a big chunk of money and then we saved for all the everyday costs such as fuel and food.”