A young couple quit their jobs and sold their ‘dream house’ to travel around Scotland in a campervan with their dogs and live as travel bloggers.
Victoria MacDonald, 28, and Scott Ross, 32, did not let having a pair of large dogs stop them from enjoying life in a campervan after selling their ‘dream’ house and quitting their jobs to go travelling around Scotland.
The couple used to live in a luxurious three-bed house with a ballroom before making the major lifestyle change. But they quickly realized the pressures of their jobs were making them feel miserable.
They had purchased the detached home in Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire for £100,000 in June 2016. The house had earlier belonged to the Coleman’s mustard dynasty, TeamDogs reports.
But knowing they didn’t plan to have kids in the massive 12-room villa, and feeling increasingly dissatisfied professionally, nearly five years ago they started thinking about having a change.
Victoria was a purchasing administrator in oil and gas. Scott was working as grounds operator at a heliport before sustaining a back injury in June 2016.
In March this year, they put their house on the market – and it sold within three days, for £146,000.
The couple bought a Citroen Relay 2016 campervan for £13,000 but it needed work doing to it – so they moved into a croft in Muir of Ord, Highlands, for two months.
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They installed a proper kitchen and a solar-powered shower – a process which Victoria admitted she found “horrible”.
Now, they have an online marketing company that specializes in travel and work remotely from some the most beautiful views in Scotland.
Colle, a Labrador/border collie mix, was adopted by the couple at eight months. Callie, a seven-year-old Labrador, also lives in their bed.
Victoria, originally from Inverness has been freed of anti-depressants for the past four years. She enjoys being outside and Scott has seen a significant improvement in his back with increased exercise.
Victoria said: “It was a cracker of a house, it was historic. It had 12 rooms in total, including a double-roomed basement, and an old ballroom. It was too big for us though. It was a dream house when we bought it, but we never settled. We bought it for £100,000 and sold it for £146,000. We both decided to move on from the house as it was too big.
“We didn’t know where we wanted to move to. We thought of moving into a van to take our work with us. That’s what we did. Our house was put on the market in March 2021. It sold within three days.”
Victoria and Scott, who is from Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire, have been together for seven years.
Nearly five years ago, the couple were both signed off from work and decided to start a blog about their enthusiasm for travel.
Their hobby turned into a full time occupation, and they now work with VisitScotland to promote tourism – and have never been happier.
Victoria said: “I was suffering from depression and had to leave my job. Scott also injured his back, so he had to take time off. We came up with the idea of the website and blog during our time off from work and then just did it.
“Our friends were not surprised and our family was the same, no one was massively surprised. We haven’t done the nine to five life for years now.”
The couple have found sacking off materialism has given them a new lease of life, and describe their nomadic lifestyle as ‘freeing’.
In total they spent £23,000 on their mobile home which they fitted out with specifications such as a Swedish oven.
Victoria said: “We bought an old van, a Citroen Relay 2016, for £13,000. It needed a lot of work done, so we moved into a croft in the Highlands while we worked on it. We spent £10,000 on the conversion. It was horrible. I’ve made no secret of the fact I did not enjoy the conversion process. It took a couple of weeks planning, but no matter how much you plan for it, you don’t find out how much is needed to be done until you’re right in the thick of it.
“It has solar panels on the roof, at 320 watts. We have a hob and an Omnia which is a Swedish oven. We also have a fridge and a small freezer that we made for food storage. A solar shower is currently installed outside. It heats water using solar energy.”
They now spend their time driving around Scotland, visiting new places and writing reviews.
Victoria said: “It’s very easy to use. It’s amazing just how little stuff we have. Nature is so deeply ingrained that there’s something special about it. Every day, I wake up to a stunning view outside my window. Since we began our new lives, I have been off antidepressants for the past four years.
“Scott’s back is getting stronger, due to the amount of exercise he is getting every day.
“The dogs love it too, even though they are often tired from being outside.
“We have not missed or regretted selling the house since we got on the road.”