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Becoming nomads

Becoming nomads

We are the Doyle-Désy, a family who decided to leave everything to live on the road. Since June 2016, we have been living and discovering the world aboard our house on wheels.

Becoming a nomad did not happen overnight; a journey lasting several months was necessary to make it happen. We were already experienced wanderers.  Travelling in the past with a backpack, bicycle, plane, renting hotels or apartments.

With the arrival of our children came the desire to travel by adapting to their rhythm. Leaving with everything we needed, be able to nap, cook, have a good level of comfort, while discovering new places. Traveling in a recreational vehicle met all these criteria.

Our first acquisition, in 2013, was a small class B, Eurovan from Volkswagen. Short trips as well as a trip of a few weeks in the Magdalen Islands turned us into true fans of this lifestyle. It was a revelation!

We wanted more. More adventures, but also more comfort. We dreamed of traveling. The annual holidays left us unsatisfied. It was a call to adventure; we were looking for great changes.


Fall 2015, we decided to buy a vehicle offering more amenities. We wanted permanent beds, a big fridge and a bathroom. The Eurovan was thus put up for sale and replaced by a 25-feet C class. The entire family immediately felt at home.

We kept thinking… A 6-month trip was planned. Long enough to offer us a wonderful experience. The road trip of a lifetime, as they say. But the list of places to explore was so long that just thinking about it, time was already running out.

We asked ourselves: “Why only six months? Why not longer? ” Fear, butterflies in the stomach… Were we mad enough to leave everything? The idea made us dizzy.

Christmas 2015 was our ultimate test: Three weeks to drive to Florida and experience the motorized lifestyle. The adventure proved conclusive; our fears vanished.

On the way back, the big decision was made: Sell everything and leave, as a family, to discover the world. Where? No idea. For how long? As long as possible.

The future opened up to us; our horizon was infinite. There were so few constraints that it was scary but, at the same time, extremely exciting.

The Doyle-Désy,
nomadic ambassadors for Leclerc

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