JUST THE TICKET I quit my nursing job and sold my $170k house to take my two young daughters around the world so they can experience life

A Kiwi mum-of-two has revealed how she quit her job and sold her $170,000 house so she could travel the world with her two young daughters.

Originally an Army medic, Gillian McRobbie, 33, left the forces in 2010 to train as a nurse before starting her own childminding business so she could spent more time with her girls, Isla, six and Maddie, two.

Home-schooling her two children as they go, Gillian and her fiance Andrew Heslop, 35, have already visited Portugal, Iceland, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia on their life-changing travels.

With no plans to return to New Zealand until October 2019, Gillian - who is currently in Costa Rica with her family - said: "Taking a big trip with my children is something I've always wanted to do, even before I had kids.

"The whole point is to prepare our kids to live in the big wide world when they become adults - but how can you do that when most of their time is spent at a desk, stuck behind four walls?"

The Dundee mother added: "The best way to learn is to get out there and experience life."

Having discovered her passion for travelling early on in life, Gillian embarked on a four-month tour of Europe when she was just 18 years old.
After living in the states for three years working as an Army medic, Gillian set off again when she bought a round-the-world ticket which took her backpacking through South-East Asia before travelling across the US, from coast-to-coast.
Gillian first met her partner Andrew - who is now a private security contractor - when they were both in the Army and the two welcomed their first daughter Isla in 2012.

But having a family did not mean settling down.

Still wanting to explore the world, the mum-of-two was struck by inspiration in 2017.

She said: "At the time, Andrew was working away for eight months of the year and missing out on so much at home.

“He’s always so laid back and up for anything, so when I began to get itchy feet and suggested we sell up and go, he was totally up for it.

“There will always be jobs to do and houses to buy when we get back, so why wait?”

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