A young mum who stepped away from the corporate grind three years ago is planning on hitting the road with her baby in tow for 12 months of off-grid living.
Emma Barr, 28, from Sydney was working in the ever-demanding world of real estate when she realised the nine-to-five life wasn’t for her.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Ms Barr said while she loved her job as a sales agent, she also wanted to find a way to create a business that would give her the flexibility to do what she wanted.
Digital marketing entrepreneur Emma Barr (pictured ) is planning a year-long around Australia at the end of May
The family will live in a six metre by six metre van they have specially fitted out for the adventure
Now she heads up her own digital marketing company, iLeads, which provides prospecting services to real estate agents.
It’s a business that can be run from anywhere, Ms Barr told FEMAIL, which is why she and her husband, along with 10-month-old Flynn are able to pack up their lives for a year-long road trip around Australia starting in May.
‘And after having Flynn last year, I thought this would be an incredible experience for us all,’ she said, ‘and it’s something my husband and I have always wanted to do.
‘It really came down to the question of if not now, then when?’
The couple spent $17,000 on a 2009 Mercedes Sprinter and will spend a further $15,000 to fit it out especially for the year-long trek.
The home on wheels will be a fully functional living space and will include beds, a shower, a toilet, running water and solar panels
In a few short weeks, the couple will start their adventures exploring NSW and then in September, they will move on to the rest of the country.
Ms Barr revealed the pair are putting the finishing touches to a van they have bought for the journey.
They spent $17,000 on a 2009 Mercedes Sprinter and will spend a further $15,000 to fit it out for the year-long trek.
The life-changing trip is one, Ms Barr (pictured left) revealed her and her husband (pictured right) have been ‘striving towards for a long time’
The 6mx6m space will be fully functional as a home on wheels, the entrepreneurial mum said.
Not only will there be running water, a shower and a toilet, there will also be a small galley kitchen where the couple can make meals over a two burner cook top, a small lounge and dining area and room for a double bed.
While it sounds like a lot, Ms Barr is quick to point out everything fits. The couple has designed a special little loft bed that will hang down from the roof.
Ms Barr heads up a digital marketing business that allows her the freedom to travel while earning money
‘Because we have Flynn we have had to go a little bit more upmarket than if it was just the two of us in the van.
‘We’ve got heaps of power, solar panels, hot water, gas – basically five star everything, she said.
The life-changing trip is one, Ms Barr revealed her and her husband have been ‘striving towards for a long time.’
Not only have the pair spent months planning the logistics of their adventure, but they also had to spend the past six months saving as much as they could in order to fund the trip.
In a few short weeks, Ms Barr and her family will start their adventures exploring NSW and then in September, they will move on to the rest of the country.
Ms Barr said the beauty of her lifestyle was that she could run her business from anywhere with an internet connection.
Her husband, a diving instructor and a commercial boat skipper, isn’t tethered to a career either which means the pair can travel to places that will allow him to pick up freelance jobs
‘One of our bucket list destinations is to visit the Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia to swim with the whale sharks.
Ms Barr said the beauty of her lifestyle was that she could run her business from anywhere with an internet connection
‘So when we get there that might be somewhere we decide to stay for a couple of months so he can work on the reef.’
Although the trip is one of a lifetime, Ms Barr is quick to point out, none of it would be possible if she hadn’t been willing to take the risk to step away from her career and strike out on her own.
‘We both worked in corporate worlds for years, and I don’t think it ever really suited us.’
Although the trip is one of a lifetime, Ms Barr is quick to point out, none of it would be possible if she hadn’t been willing to take the risk to step away from her career and strike out on her own
Her advice to others who may be tempted to embrace a more flexible lifestyle is taking the opportunities as they present themselves and being willing believe it can work out.
‘People we have talked have said once they’ve rented out their house and minimised their possessions they’ve actually had more money on the road than if they had been living in Sydney or Melbourne.
‘These are the best years of our life: we’re young, we’re healthy and fit, and we don’t to have to wait until we retire to experience one of the best countries in the world.