Family of nine travel across America in a school bus
“We’d definitely recommend this lifestyle to any family because of the freedom it allows."

A family of nine from Florida in the US decided to pack up their lives and travel around the country in a school bus they spent $17 000 (R238 000) converting into a mobile home.

Michelle and Steve Lawson enjoyed travelling with their seven children – Caleb (16), Jacob (13), Joshua (10), Matthew (6), Liam (5), Charlotte (2) and nine-month-old Owen – so much they purchased a school bus for $14 000 (R196 000).

They’d been thinking of converting a bus for a while but were finally convinced to take the plunge after Steve’s mother passed away, the couple said.

“We love to travel with our kids, and since we home-school [them] and own our own photography business it was doable for us.

“On our trips we’d dream of travelling in something bigger, something we could even sleep in. Enter the idea of a Skoolie [a school bus converted into a camper van].”

The bus has an impressive 2,46km2 of living space, and two triple bunk beds and a king-size bed provide ample space for everyone to sleep.

 “Life is learning. Life on the bus is such a fun thing. It’s filled with community and togetherness and adventure and we love it. It’s been such a blessing to us.”

Lawson family

The family are currently back home in Florida, but so far they’ve explored Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Texas and Louisiana in their bus.

“We’d definitely recommend this lifestyle to any family because of the freedom it allows,” they said.

“Living a more simple life allows for the things that really do matter to take preference. Cultivating the things that matter most.


The Lawsons enjoy the uninterrupted family time they have and making new memories together on their travels.

“We love watching every sunrise and every sunset together. Eating every meal side by side. Never being bored. Doing life together.”

Source: Magazine Features


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