Dave and Rachel Monk with 5-year-old Dylan, left, and 4-year-old Lewis before they set off on their Adventure in New Zealand.
Dave and Rachel Monk with 5-year-old Dylan, left, and 4-year-old Lewis before they set off on their Adventure in New Zealand. NZ Herald

Seeing the world on $200 a week

A KIWI family packed in their jobs 16 months ago to see the world - and never in their wildest dreams did they think they would wind up settled on a farm in central France, planting vegetables, learning French and even wearing budgie smugglers to fit in with the locals.

Dave and Rachel Monk from Blenheim were the envy of many Kiwis when they told the Herald in December 2012 of their plan to quit their jobs as emergency nurses, sell their house and take their two young boys, Dylan, now 7, and Lewis, 5, out of school and preschool to live on the smell of an oily rag.

But 16 months later they are still living the dream - albeit slightly differently from the extensive itinerary they had planned.

After speaking to the Herald, the Monks continued their North Island trip for a further four months, touring the Coromandel and working as acting campground managers at DoC's Port Jackson site for a month before heading to Europe last May.

They stayed with Mrs Monk's family in Wales for six weeks and, with funds left over from selling their motor home in New Zealand, purchased a 4WD and caravan in Wales to get them to Europe.

Read more on the NZ Herald


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