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Parents who wanted ‘more adventure’ after lockdown sold their home to travel the UK in a caravan

Parents who wanted ‘more freedom’ after the lockdown revealed how they sold their family home and moved their three daughters in a caravan.

Kerry and Ben Leppier, both 39, originally from Bristol, put their semi-detached house in the Forest of Dean on the market and bought a caravan with children Florence, nine, Eden, six, and Willow, three, through the UK to travel.

The couple, who run an online relationship coaching company, have been “deschooling” their daughters since the beginning of the year and hit the road.

‘Unschooling’ is a non-traditional approach to homeschooling that allows the child to “lead” education based on their personal interests, rather than following a standard curriculum.

Kerry and Ben Leppier, both 39, originally from Bristol, put their semi-detached house in the Forest of Dean on the market and bought a 7m x 2m compact caravan to travel around the UK with children Florence, nine, Eden, six, and Willow, three.  In the picture, the family in motion

Kerry and Ben Leppier, both 39, originally from Bristol, put their semi-detached house in the Forest of Dean on the market and bought a 7m x 2m compact caravan to travel around the UK with children Florence, nine, Eden, six, and Willow, three. In the picture, the family in motion

The couple, who run an online relationship coaching company, have been homeschooling their daughters since the beginning of the year and have moved on along the way.  The girls (left-right) Florence, Willow and Eden are 'uneducated', meaning they choose their own curriculum

The couple, who run an online relationship coaching company, have been homeschooling their daughters since the beginning of the year and have moved on along the way.  The girls (left-right) Florence, Willow and Eden are 'uneducated', meaning they choose their own curriculum

The couple, who run an online relationship coaching company, have been homeschooling their daughters since the beginning of the year and have moved on along the way. The girls (left-right) Florence, Willow and Eden are ‘uneducated’, meaning they choose their own curriculum

Despite having much less space than at home, Kerry insists it has brought the family closer and her daughters squabble less than before.  Pictured, Eden and Willow painting

Despite having much less space than at home, Kerry insists it has brought the family closer and her daughters squabble less than before.  Pictured, Eden and Willow painting

Despite having much less space than at home, Kerry insists it has brought the family closer and her daughters squabble less than before. Pictured, Eden and Willow painting

Ben (left) and Kerry (right) both wanted to hit the road to have more freedom after lockdown.  The family now enjoys simple pleasures such as making a fire

Ben (left) and Kerry (right) both wanted to hit the road to have more freedom after lockdown.  The family now enjoys simple pleasures such as making a fire

Kerry and Willow on the beach

Kerry and Willow on the beach

Ben (left) and Kerry (right) both wanted to hit the road to have more freedom after lockdown. The family now enjoys simple pleasures such as making a fire and days at the beach

“After the lockdown ended earlier this year, we were really looking for more adventure and freedom after having to follow so many rules,” explains Kerry.

‘So we thought there was a better way to do that than to sell the house, buy us a caravan to live in and travel around the UK. And that’s exactly what we did.

‘I train the girls at home anyway using the unlearning method we continued along the way and Ben is an independent online relationship coach and I help him run the business.

Ben and his daughters enjoy a campfire outside the caravan during one stop on their tour

Ben and his daughters enjoy a campfire outside the caravan during one stop on their tour

Ben and his daughters enjoy a campfire outside the caravan during one stop on their tour

The girls are 'uneducated' which means they lead the curriculum and pursue their interests

The girls are 'uneducated' which means they lead the curriculum and pursue their interests

The girls are ‘uneducated’ which means they lead the curriculum and pursue their interests

The family has found ways to minimize their possessions and put their lives in a caravan

The family has found ways to minimize their possessions and put their lives in a caravan

The family has found ways to minimize their possessions and put their lives in a caravan

“So it worked out great for us, we can work and pick up the kids from school wherever we are.

‘We have been doing this since the beginning of this year and the children are very happy. It means they have no stress in their lives and we can see them thriving in things they are naturally good at.”

The family has traveled from Scotland to Cornwall and is currently based in Barnstable, Devon.

Despite having much less space than at home, Kerry insists it has brought the family closer and her daughters squabble less than before.

She continued: ‘The best thing about living in the caravan is the sense of adventure and that we have more freedom.

The family has traveled from Scotland to Cornwall and is currently based in Barnstable, Devon.  Pictured, Florence, Willow and Eden soaking up the sun during a stop on their tour

The family has traveled from Scotland to Cornwall and is currently based in Barnstable, Devon.  Pictured, Florence, Willow and Eden soaking up the sun during a stop on their tour

The family has traveled from Scotland to Cornwall and is currently based in Barnstable, Devon. Pictured, Florence, Willow and Eden soaking up the sun during a stop on their tour

Ben runs an online business and helps his daughters unschool with his wife Kerry.  In the picture Ben and one of the girls are doing some schooling using the computer

Ben runs an online business and helps his daughters unschool with his wife Kerry.  In the picture Ben and one of the girls are doing some schooling using the computer

Ben runs an online business and helps his daughters unschool with his wife Kerry. In the picture Ben and one of the girls are doing some schooling using the computer

The interior of the caravan is simple but cosy, with a comfortable sofa (right) and table

The interior of the caravan is simple but cosy, with a comfortable sofa (right) and table

The interior of the caravan is simple but cosy, with a comfortable sofa (right) and table

“We are always outside and sitting around a fire. It is very cozy and we feel more connected as a family.

“While things don’t always go smoothly, having a family of five in a caravan can be a challenge. Especially for Ben and I, because it’s hard to find time as a couple.

‘At one end of the caravan is the children’s area with a single bed and a set of bunk beds that fold up into a sofa and dining table.

Ben and two of his daughters row a boat during a stop on their caravan tour across the UK

Ben and two of his daughters row a boat during a stop on their caravan tour across the UK

Ben and two of his daughters row a boat during a stop on their caravan tour across the UK

Kerry said her daughters, pictured on the beach, are happier without the 'stress' of school

Kerry said her daughters, pictured on the beach, are happier without the 'stress' of school

Kerry said her daughters, pictured on the beach, are happier without the ‘stress’ of school

‘We have a tiny cabin bathroom with a shower and toilet. However, we usually use the showers at the campsites.

“Then you walk through to our small kitchen and then into the living room that folds out into mine and Ben’s double bed.

“It may not be for everyone, but it’s perfect for us. The girls love it more than we could have ever expected and so do we.’

Florence, Eden and Willow playing on the beach, just one of the places they've visited

Florence, Eden and Willow playing on the beach, just one of the places they've visited

Florence, Eden and Willow playing on the beach, just one of the places they’ve visited

Kerry explores the countryside with her daughters on one of their many adventures

Kerry explores the countryside with her daughters on one of their many adventures

Kerry explores the countryside with her daughters on one of their many adventures

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