Bus Life NZ are creating videos of life as a family on the road, full-time!
582

patrons

Hi everyone! We are Andy, Amber, Jake (6) & Daisy (4)...and we want out! 

A few years back in Feb 22nd, 2011 we were having lunch on the 25th floor of the Hotel Grand Chancellor when the Christchurch earthquake hit. Christchurch was devastated with many buildings collapsed and 185 people tragically killed. The hotel we were in was badly damaged, the internal fire stairs collapsed and we were trapped. We spent around 4 hours in fight or flight mode, waiting for the building to collapse and be killed (so we thought). It was the most terrifying experience of our lives. But we were lucky that day and we escaped. However, the years that followed were harder on us than getting through the earthquake, we moved to a different country, Andy developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Amber Postnatal Depression after having our son, Jake. We realised how fragile this life is, it is made up of an undetermined number of hours, and we didn't want to spend those hours away from each other, working in jobs we didn't like so we could pay for fulltime childcare, and what else? A nicer car, comfier couch, bigger TV and flasher house. At the end of someone's life, who would say "I wish I had nicer things" or "I wish I had a better career" no way. They would say "I wish i'd spent more time with my family" or "I wish I had traveled and seen more beautiful things" we decided that's the life we wanted, we wanted OUT of this prescribed 'normal' life. 

It took us a few years to figure out how we were going to do it, but eventually we decided to convert an old school bus into a tiny home! So that is what we did. Andy converted it all by himself, working on it 30-40 hours a week, as well as working full time. It took 12 months of working every single week night after work and every single weekend. We wanted to quit so.many.times! But we knew it would be a million times more worth it than we thought. And it was! 

Now here we are, traveling around New Zealand filming our lives as we go and putting it all on YouTube. We hope that by sharing our lives and adventures it will inspire a few of you to live a little more simply, buy a little less stuff, and be a little bit happier. 

A huge thank you to our amazing community of Patrons who support our dream to live this crazy life, without them we couldn't make these videos and share them. Thank you!!!
Tiers
Become A Patron
$2 or more per month
Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Thank you!
  • Access patron-only content in "The Locker" A Patron only section on our website.
  • View exclusive Patron only, realtime "Lens Stories" on the Patreon App (think Instagram Stories/Snapchat)
  • 10% Discount Code for our Merch Store
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Entry into most giveaways.
FIVER Fan
$5 or more per month
This monthly fiver is going to go a long way towards bringing you more and better videos!


FIVER fans will get:

  • Access patron-only content in "The Locker" A Patron only section on our website.
  • View exclusive Patron only, realtime "Lens Stories" on the Patreon App (think Instagram Stories/Snapchat)
  • 10% Discount Code for our Merch Store
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Entry into most giveaways.


The perfect TEN
$10 or more per month
$10 a month means more than you would know to us! 


The perfect TEN Patron will get:

  • Access patron-only content in "The Locker" A Patron only section on our website.
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Entry into most giveaways.
  • View exclusive Patron only, realtime "Lens Stories" on the Patreon App (think Instagram Stories/Snapchat)
  • 10% Discount Code for our Merch Store
  • A postcard or note from us
TWENTY FIVE to (Bus) Life
$25 or more per month
This $25 takes us a long way to living the life we dream of, even better it means we can share it with you by buying and maintaining our camera gear and computer's for editing! 


PLUS you'll get:

  • Access patron-only content including Amber's cooking and fitness videos in "The Locker" A Patron only section on our website.
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Entries into ALL giveaways with double the chance of winning (your name is entered twice)
  • View exclusive Patron only, realtime "Lens Stories" on the Patreon App (think Instagram Stories/Snapchat)
  • 20% Discount Code for our Merch Store
  • A handwritten note from us
  • A Bus Life NZ Bumper Sticker
Fuelled up on FIFTY
$50 or more per month
You just bought us enough diesel to keep moving for a week!


PLUS, you'll get:

  • Access patron-only content in "The Locker" A Patron only section on our website.
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Entries into ALL giveaways with triple the chance of winning (your name is entered thrice)
  • View exclusive Patron only, realtime "Lens Stories" on the Patreon App (think Instagram Stories/Snapchat)
  • 20% Discount Code for our Merch Store
  • A handwritten thank you note from us
  • A Bus Life NZ Bumper sticker
  • Free Bus Life NZ Tee of your choice, from our Merch shop
Goals
582 of 750 patrons
We LOVE our tribe of Patrons, and we'd love to welcome you into it. Reaching this goal would be unbelievable, yet unbelievable things can happen with determination, a positive attitude + a healthy dose of good old-fashioned hard work! We have some epic plans for what we want to do in the future, we love living on the road and we want to expand our life into an even bigger adventure and explore even more places around the world - all while living in vehicles! 
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Hi everyone! We are Andy, Amber, Jake (6) & Daisy (4)...and we want out! 

A few years back in Feb 22nd, 2011 we were having lunch on the 25th floor of the Hotel Grand Chancellor when the Christchurch earthquake hit. Christchurch was devastated with many buildings collapsed and 185 people tragically killed. The hotel we were in was badly damaged, the internal fire stairs collapsed and we were trapped. We spent around 4 hours in fight or flight mode, waiting for the building to collapse and be killed (so we thought). It was the most terrifying experience of our lives. But we were lucky that day and we escaped. However, the years that followed were harder on us than getting through the earthquake, we moved to a different country, Andy developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Amber Postnatal Depression after having our son, Jake. We realised how fragile this life is, it is made up of an undetermined number of hours, and we didn't want to spend those hours away from each other, working in jobs we didn't like so we could pay for fulltime childcare, and what else? A nicer car, comfier couch, bigger TV and flasher house. At the end of someone's life, who would say "I wish I had nicer things" or "I wish I had a better career" no way. They would say "I wish i'd spent more time with my family" or "I wish I had traveled and seen more beautiful things" we decided that's the life we wanted, we wanted OUT of this prescribed 'normal' life. 

It took us a few years to figure out how we were going to do it, but eventually we decided to convert an old school bus into a tiny home! So that is what we did. Andy converted it all by himself, working on it 30-40 hours a week, as well as working full time. It took 12 months of working every single week night after work and every single weekend. We wanted to quit so.many.times! But we knew it would be a million times more worth it than we thought. And it was! 

Now here we are, traveling around New Zealand filming our lives as we go and putting it all on YouTube. We hope that by sharing our lives and adventures it will inspire a few of you to live a little more simply, buy a little less stuff, and be a little bit happier. 

A huge thank you to our amazing community of Patrons who support our dream to live this crazy life, without them we couldn't make these videos and share them. Thank you!!!

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Tiers
Become A Patron
$2 or more per month
Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Thank you!
  • Access patron-only content in "The Locker" A Patron only section on our website.
  • View exclusive Patron only, realtime "Lens Stories" on the Patreon App (think Instagram Stories/Snapchat)
  • 10% Discount Code for our Merch Store
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Entry into most giveaways.
FIVER Fan
$5 or more per month
This monthly fiver is going to go a long way towards bringing you more and better videos!


FIVER fans will get:

  • Access patron-only content in "The Locker" A Patron only section on our website.
  • View exclusive Patron only, realtime "Lens Stories" on the Patreon App (think Instagram Stories/Snapchat)
  • 10% Discount Code for our Merch Store
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Entry into most giveaways.


The perfect TEN
$10 or more per month
$10 a month means more than you would know to us! 


The perfect TEN Patron will get:

  • Access patron-only content in "The Locker" A Patron only section on our website.
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Entry into most giveaways.
  • View exclusive Patron only, realtime "Lens Stories" on the Patreon App (think Instagram Stories/Snapchat)
  • 10% Discount Code for our Merch Store
  • A postcard or note from us
TWENTY FIVE to (Bus) Life
$25 or more per month
This $25 takes us a long way to living the life we dream of, even better it means we can share it with you by buying and maintaining our camera gear and computer's for editing! 


PLUS you'll get:

  • Access patron-only content including Amber's cooking and fitness videos in "The Locker" A Patron only section on our website.
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Entries into ALL giveaways with double the chance of winning (your name is entered twice)
  • View exclusive Patron only, realtime "Lens Stories" on the Patreon App (think Instagram Stories/Snapchat)
  • 20% Discount Code for our Merch Store
  • A handwritten note from us
  • A Bus Life NZ Bumper Sticker
Fuelled up on FIFTY
$50 or more per month
You just bought us enough diesel to keep moving for a week!


PLUS, you'll get:

  • Access patron-only content in "The Locker" A Patron only section on our website.
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Entries into ALL giveaways with triple the chance of winning (your name is entered thrice)
  • View exclusive Patron only, realtime "Lens Stories" on the Patreon App (think Instagram Stories/Snapchat)
  • 20% Discount Code for our Merch Store
  • A handwritten thank you note from us
  • A Bus Life NZ Bumper sticker
  • Free Bus Life NZ Tee of your choice, from our Merch shop