Why Toowoomba family is trading it all for life on the road
LOSING everything in a daylight burglary has given a Toowoomba family something they never expected - a new lease on life.
Blair and Elly Knaggs have sold their Mt Kynoch home and what little they had left to pursue life on the road, sharing a camper trailer with their three children, William, 10, Matilda, 4 and Audrey, 2.
"We had just returned from a trip to Thailand when it happened - they cleaned us out," Ms Knaggs said.
"They had packed our own bags with our stuff and taken them and they trashed the house, but it was hard to cry because we had just seen people living in poverty.
"It was at that point I thought to myself I won't work nine to five every day and have the white picket fence. Let's just enjoy life with our kids."
Mr Knaggs said people thought they were crazy to leave their established lives.
"The freedom already feels fantastic," he said.
"If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got."
He said although the children were apprehensive, the couple felt they would learn a lot from the experience.
"They're a bit addicted to gaming, so there is some withdrawing to do," he said.
"Sitting on a beach in Western Australia, fishing, are you really going to miss it?"
Mr Knaggs is finishing his final few weeks as a sign-maker at Signarama while Ms Knaggs completes her nursing course. She said the family planned to set off in May and then travel indefinitely.
"When you travel, you have to have a dedicated parent to home-school the children, so (Blair) will do that while I work with nursing agencies or as a hairdresser," Ms Knaggs said.
"We've heard work on the road should be fairly easy. Once one door shuts another opens."
Other than the intermittent income, the couple has several sponsors for their journey. They plan to document the trip on their Facebook and Youtube channel, 5 do the Drive.
They have started to collect supplies for the long road ahead and have practised setting up their camper trailer. The couple said they had spent a predicted $40,000 on the vehicle, camper and equipment.
"Right now we have no definitive plans on where we want to go, we're going to the end of our driveway and then turning left or right," Ms Knaggs said.
"There are a couple of places on the list. We don't have a fall-back plan.
"It has been mixed emotions. I had 10 years of baby stuff down in that shed and I have to limit to two boxes - but it will all be worth it."
The couple urged others to consider what is important in life.
"Who wrote it in stone you have to have a house, that you have to own this or that?" What is the reason behind it?" Ms Knagg said.
"If you want to get on the road, just do it. There will always be work.
"Some people drive out with $500 in the bank and have been going for four years."