After travelling the world, a family turned a public city bus into a mobile home

"We learned more about ourselves, of course - travel does that to you."
"We learned more about ourselves, of course - travel does that to you." Photo: Where We Roam

For Scott and Emily Manning's two adorable kids, the classic Wheels On The Bus song takes on a whole new meaning.

The US couple, who spent 12 months travelling to 12 different countries with their infant son Carter in tow, really took to the minimalist lifestyle of living out of backpacks.

Not wanting to give up this new way of life, they decided to transform an old bus into a cosy mobile home with their newest addition, Zellie. Said bus is currently their permanent residence, and they document their adventures on their blog, "Where We Roam."

The family bought the bus when Emily was pregnant with their second child.
The family bought the bus when Emily was pregnant with their second child. Photo: Where We Roam

"We went as far as Florida and as high as Maine, and got to see a lot of things in between," Scott Manning said.

After graduating from college in 2012, Scott and Emily Manning couldn't find a house that fit their needs and finances so they decided to travel, instead.

"That really kickstarted our desire to travel more full-time, which turned into this project we developed called '12 Countries in 12 Months'," he said.

Originally it was going to be just the two of them traversing the globe, but Emily became pregnant.

So, baby Carter came along for the ride as they spent about a month in each country.

"We tried to immerse ourselves in the culture of each, explore some of the things around us, eat as much of the food as we could, and it became such a magical, amazing time for us," he said.

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"We learned more about ourselves, of course - travel does that to you - but we learned a lot about how we are together and how we are as a family."

hat led to their next project: buying an old city bus and turning it into a mobile home for their growing family.

The bus seemed too small at first, but it turned out to be perfect for them. And at US$3000 (AU$4000), the price was right.

For now, the Mannings are living on the bus in Oregon.
For now, the Mannings are living on the bus in Oregon.  Photo: Where We Roam

"It was cheaper to buy this 40-foot monstrosity than it was to buy an actual car," Manning said.

It took quite a bit of fixing up, but with the help of Emily's father, it became a functional, kid-friendly space.

For now, the Mannings are living on the bus in Oregon, which includes a bathroom with a tub, a kitchen, and even a guest bedroom.

The old city bus cost the family US$3000 (about AU$4000).
The old city bus cost the family US$3000 (about AU$4000). Photo: Where We Roam

Scott's office (he works in online marketing) doubles as Carter's room. Zellie sleeps in a foldable crib underneath Carter's lofted bed.

There's even a playroom with plenty of space for the kids to play. The playroom becomes Scott and Emily's bedroom at night, complete with a pull-out bed.

Living on a bus has helped the Mannings further develop the minimalist mentality they adopted while living out of backpacks for 12 months.

The blog that started as a record of their '12 Countries in 12 Months' project is now Where We Roam, an all-encompassing look at their lives on the road.

"If we're ever done with the bus phase, there's going to be something else."

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