Hey there! We are Jack and Victoria Huizinga. On this blog, I (Victoria) do all the writing, and Jack does all the behind the scenes stuff like taking my crazy idea for a minivan camper and making it come to life.
Jack and I have been married for over 20 years and have three children. Thomas, who is currently in college pursuing a biology degree, Aiden, who recently graduated high school and is currently working on an associates degree in cybersecurity, and Courtney, who has two years of high school left to complete.
Currently, they all live with us, but they certainly don’t need our 100% presence 24/7 like they did when they were infants. And that has opened up opportunities to explore for Jack and me in ways we haven’t been able to since our child-free early twenties.
What You Will Find On The Parents Flew The Nest
Minivan Camping Tips
We are currently converting the family van into a weekend camper. We have been taking pictures of our build and taking notes so we can share what we have learned.
Why a minivan camper? It is inexpensive on gas, can be parked anywhere, sleeps two, and when we are not traveling it can be converted back into a regular day to day vehicle in under 30 minutes.
Packing And Planning Tips
We are always learning new ways to pack more efficiently as well as ways to plan trips either on the fly or in advance. As we learn about them, we will share with you.
RV Camping Tips
For trips that include the whole family or ones that are longer than a weekend, we prefer to camp in something a bit larger than a minivan. We are blessed to own a 28-foot Jayco travel trailer with one slide out. Yes, we are glampers and proud of it.
Budget Travel Tips
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We are a thrifty family. So thrifty that we have enough thrifty living principles we follow to create a book. That doesn’t mean that we always spend as little as possible on travel. Instead it means we cut costs on things that don’t matter as much to us so that we can spend more in areas that do matter to us.
We will show you how to save money on all things travel so you can decide which areas you are willing to cut costs on so you can splurge on the things that matter to you most.
Ways To Increase Your Streams Of Income So You Can Travel More
We realize that creating enough income to be able to afford travel is a major stumbling block for many families. Our family has created several flexible streams of income, including my blog Snail Pace Transformations to help with the financial costs of raising a family. The additional income has given us wiggle room in our budget for travel.
We are continually trying new ways to make money that are flexible and not location dependent. We want to help grow your family’s income so you can travel more too.
Gear Recommendations For Camping, Hiking, Biking, Kayaking And More
Wondering what you need to go camping this weekend? If those light-weight camping towels are worth it? Should you pay the extra money for that particular camp stove model? Us too! So we are going to figure it out and share what we learn with you.
Pictures And Stories From Our Travel Adventures
Currently, with two children in college, our wiggle room in our budget to travel is small–but we plan to make the most of it by exploring areas in our minivan camper that are just a few hours away from our home in Marion, Indiana.
As time goes by though, we hope to explore more of North America and beyond. We got a small taste of all the beauty our world has to offer on our five and half month road trip with the children in 2017 and now we don’t want to stop seeing exploring the wonders of creation.
Our intent in sharing our adventures here at The Parents Flew The Nest is to inspire other couples to make time to explore together a priority regardless of your budget and time restraints. Most of our adventures take place in a single day, others just a weekend, only a tiny handful are longer than that. Get out there and explore! If you search around your area, you will find hidden gems without spending much money or time and the best part is you will grow closer together while seeking them out.
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