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Ep. 89 Living on Wheels as a Family of 7 with Anna Roberts

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The Roberts are a family of 7 who lives in a 40-foot school bus that they converted themselves, travelling all over the USA! Learn the pros and cons of living in such close quarters where adventure is a daily endeavour, with Anna Roberts! Now, the question is, will they travel by boat next?!

Fun Facts About the Roberts: 

  • At the time of recording, they had visited 32 of the 50 states, and 36 of the 63 national parks
  • Kids range from age 18-months to 12-years-old
  • They keep track of their locations on sticker maps and notes in phone
  • For homeschooling, they follow a particular curriculum. Usually work from 9am-12pm, then get outside! They do more school in the summer, so they can take travel days and various times off
  • Their mail gets sent to family and they send pictures. Or they do general delivery to nearest post office, or use Amazon Lockers

Some Noteworthy Destinations So Far: 

  • Joshua Tree
  • Everglades
  • Yosemite
  • All California Parks!
  • Grand Teton
  • Glacier National Park

Pros of This Lifestyle: 

  • Time with family
  • Exploring new places
  • All the new adventures
  • They get to make memories with their kids NOW

Cons of This Lifestyle: 

  • Not being able to “hide things” when cleaning
  • Potential bus breakdowns, and not knowing where that will happen
  • Proximity to hospitals, if needed

The Roberts did not have everything perfectly planned out! Or ginormous savings. They didn’t have a perfect scenario. Plus, Anna got pregnant! Anna says, if you have a dream or have this idea, just figure out the first step! Don’t let fears and doubts get in the way. Just learn a little bit at a time. They worked so hard for this, and they did not have the perfect scenario. But they just made it happen! 

Follow on IG, TIkTok, Facebook: @therobertswerehere


  • Kids Ride Shot Gun – the seat (for younger kids) and tow rope for older kids. They use it for their 6-year-old. Great when you have big age ranges in kids, or lots of kids, or to be able to help kids keep up –
  • Listening to: American History Story Tellers – season 6 is all about National Parks


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Today’s Host: @laurenrodycheberle from @kidswhoexplore
Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music