We met in sunny Cornwall, South West England, at the university where we both studied creative fields. We loved exploring the rugged coastline and isolated beaches, camping as much as we could in between our studies.

Naturally, when our studies finished, we knew the best options for our careers was to head for the city, so we packed up our carefree lifestyles and exchanged them for a two bed flat in central London and all-encompassing jobs. I am a film-maker and Emma is a photographer and to be on the top of our games we had to work 12+ hour days and on our days off be ready to jump on any upcoming jobs within an instant. This made us obsessed with the internet, constantly having to search for opportunities and promoting our work.

We found that this was having a significant impact on our relationship and our lives. Instead of finding the time to spend with each other and friends we were scouring Instagram and job sharing websites. After four years in the rat race, we looked at our relationship with ourselves and the world around us and decided that something had to change.

We both share a fascination with the outdoors, food production and photography which influenced our decision to escape and in choosing our destination. We looked at a map of the world and picked out Canada as the place we would love to explore. A few months later of saving every penny we could, we were on a plane to Vancouver to buy a van and travel BC and the NW states of America.

Within a week of being in Vancouver we were itching to get on the road, and after what felt like endless Craigslist hunting, we found our perfect home. We named him Burnaby, and he is a 1986 GMC 20’ motorhome. After a few trips to local thrift stores, we packed up the van and headed straight for Vancouver Island, immediately feeling the weight lift from our shoulders. Suddenly we were free from the stresses of the city, the air felt clean, and we had time, space and ourselves to explore.

We love the freedom that living ‘off-grid’ brings us and living the mobile life has enabled us to meet amazing people, see incredible sights and find the freshest and best ingredients. Living on the road has improved our overall health (physical and mental) as well as making us more aware about sustainable food production, and how important it is to eat food that is in season and grown free from dangerous chemicals.

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