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Derek, who runs his own financial services company, said: “When we moved onto the campsite we really grew to love the lifestyle. It was here we began to connect with the tiny living community. We would meet families who were just passing through too, which is when we first started to think about it.” [Picture: SWNS]

Adventurous family quit the rat race and sell everything to travel around in a converted school bus

An adventurous family has dropped out of the rat race, selling everything to travel around in a converted school bus.

Derek Cobia, 33, and his wife Amy, 32, spent $15,000 renovating the 28ft x 8ft school bus with solar panels, a composting toilet, a working kitchen, wood-burning stove and a bath tub big enough for two people.

The couple, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, were inspired then they lived in an RV on a local campsite in 2015 for a year.

They decided to renovate the bus and sell up and travelwith three-year-old daughter Payson and their American bulldog Britches.

So far they have visited 33 states, living off  Derek’s income as a freelance financial adviser and Amy’s remote part-time administration work.

Derek and Amy plan to home school Payson in the coming years, but eventually hope to settle down in Wyoming or Oregon, still living minimally.