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It was time to take the leap. “We literally spun a globe, pointed a finger and landed on Thailand,” Bionca says. She researched the country and decided that with a low cost of living, her longed-for beaches and plenty of culture to explore, it was perfect for Carter and her. With a first destination chosen, she sold, donated or stored most of their belongings. “I didn’t tell a lot of people what we were going to do at first,” she says. “Some we did tell fed us fear, because it was nothing they would do themselves. I was called selfish, like I was doing all this just for me.”
For the next eight months, mother and son traveled through Thailand and Africa, staying in homes they found on Airbnb while Bionca worked on her burgeoning business. She found clients through social media and coached them over the phone and via video chat, paying off her credit card debt in five months. Carter flourished, becoming an eager reader and passing second grade with honors. “When your child has freedom and flexibility, he can learn in so many ways on his own terms,” says Bionca. “Watching his transformation was amazing.”
Eventually, Bionca tired of booking flights, cars and places to stay. She had seen videos of van life in the U.S., and the concept-living in a tricked-out van and exploring the country-appealed to her. “I loved the idea of not paying rent and spending on experiences rather than things.” She picked her hometown of St. Louis as their starting point and they flew back.
Hitting the Road
Within weeks, Bionca found a 1989 Ford Econoline with a kitchen, a toilet, a shower and two beds for $4,900. “It seemed like a spaceship at first,” she says. “There were so many buttons, compartments and levers.”