Wander, travel, surf and explore for pleasure and love

WHAT IS A GALLIVANTING LIFE?

A Gallivanting Life started as a way for us to document and share our passion for adventure and travel, all whilst living out of our vintage VW van. Our arrangements, much like travel in general have changed slightly, but our main philosophy and ideals remain! Our main goal is to explore as much of the world as possible and at the same time as cost effectively and eco-conscious as possible. We hope you enjoy our eco-adventure and van life blog!

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover."

― Mark Twain

GRAPHIC DESIGN & BRANDING

Floyd works mostly as a design consultant, creating some amazing graphics and logos as we go. Many of the logos and branding are done for people we have met on our adventures!

SUPRALIMINAL

Ottilia's passion for the environment and personal well being combine in these eco-friendly and sustainable T-Shirts and Sweaters. Coming up with some incredible and thought provoking motives, and making them available world-wide to all like minded eco-adventurers.

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#VANLIFE

We are fortunate enough to have 2 vans - our beloved "Sky" in sunny South Africa and our current project the yet to be named (Purple Turtle / Thunder Truck) in Sweden. Giving us the options of exploring Southern Africa and beyond, as well as navigating Europe's many back roads.

TRAVEL

Our main focus and what we really love to share, is our adventure stories! We always joke about how easy going and nonchalant we can be and this generally leads to some great adventures! We consider ourselves to be "Long Term Nomads" meaning we generally stay in an area long enough to truly get a feel for the life and culture there. This enables us to share raw, funny and hopefully interesting stories with you!

PARENTING

Now that we have our amazing son Willow Wilder in our lives - parenting has become a major slice in our lives. Our journey of parenting while travelling can some times feel daunting, but some how we always manage! We hope you can learn from our mistakes and challenges too!

ADVENTURE

Our passion for adventure is one of our main driving forces! Wouldn't the world be a dull and dreary place if all we did was lie in bed all day!? We love trying new sports, and have done everything from bicycle polo and rock climbing in Cape Town, to show jumping with horses and snowboarding fresh powder in Sweden. But every year we most look forward to our kite and Surf adventures!

WHO WE ARE

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry.” ― Jack Kerouac

FLOYD R. PAUL / CREATIVE DESIGNER

Active, adventure seeking, creative and spontaneous, these are qualities that best describe Flo. A passion for the ocean and the great outdoors, seeking adventure anywhere on this planet.

WILLOW WILDER / NATURE LOVER

What I do for fun? I'm not really one to talk. But I enjoy watching the branches sway on a summers day, feeling the grass between my fingers, my mothers milk and the wind in my face makes me smile. I'm looking forward to a life time of adventures and seeing how far these two crazy cats can take me! World meet Willow!

Langebaan, kitesurfing, road trip, vanlife, surf trip, summer, lagoon

OTTILA SÖDERSTRÖM / WANDERING SOUL

Give her green rolling hills, high mountains and long winding switchbacks through dense natural forest and she will have a smile as big as Africa. A lover, thinker, and eco-warrior, O is always in the here and now. Absorbing every detail and turning the most mundane into the ultimate adventure.

SKY / 1990 - VW T3

Sky was born for the open road. Long stretches of African tarmac, wild bumpy farm tracks and the occasional off-road adventure he lives for the wild outdoors!

PURPLE TURTLE or THUNDER TRUCK? / 1977 - VW LT31

Bigger, older, and oft forgotten the LT31 is the T3's long lost european cousin. With her scandic background shes speant many a winter exposed to the raw, relentless cold. But now  has a new lease on life and is looking forward to experience what the rest of  Europe has to offer.

GET IN TOUCH

After the birth of our darling son Willow Wilder, our adventures remain a little closer to our Swedish home.

Where are we now?

We are currently exploring:

Stockholm / Uppsala / Gavleborg & Darlanas

regions of Sweden.

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Our vintage camper van! (Yes another one!)

Our vintage camper van! (Yes another one!)

While we have been adjusting to our new life raising little Willow in Sweden, our yearning to get back on the road was ever present, like a patient child waiting to eat his birthday cake, a yearning that could only be contained for so long!

We contemplated shipping our vintage camper van from South Africa to Sweden, but the process and logistics were daunting to say the least and South Africa still had so much left to explore – our life there wouldn’t be the same with out our old trusty ‘Sky’ to explore the endless African horizon. Occasionally a camper van would pop up in the local Swedish classifieds (www.blocket.se) but generally the demand for camper vans and motor-homes keeps the prices rather high and out of our budget.

 

Until… Yes, one day (like it always works) an ad popped up on the Facebook Marketplace – the clever tracking goblin that it is – for a classic Volkswagen camper van for sale to the highest bidder. Flo did some research on the LT31 as it was labeled, and besides it’s similarity in styling with our beloved T3 back in SA it also had many people raving about its usefulness as a camper and had started to garner a small cult like following. Nothing like the original Split and Bay window busses or even the American’s bewilderment at the ever so unreliable US built Vanagon – luckily it seems our SA production plant had none of the woes, but much of the same following – without the exorbitant re-sale prices. But the Mk1 version, with the rounded lights which this was, was the most sought after, if you could even say a 1977 VW LT was “sort after” 🙂

Flo slept on the idea, and mentioned the ad to O, one thing led to another, and after we thought some other lucky fool, had gotten the old lady – we managed to book a time to view her.

Far out in the country and a hefty drive along small winding roads, she (we believe the van is a she – where Sky, was a boy through and through) sat waiting.

Under some trees parked some 15 years ago. Surprisingly the van was actually in pretty good condition, with the usual rusty areas not looking too rusty at all. We tried to get her fired up – in the sneaky hopes of being able to put cash in the hands of the current owners and driving her home. LOL! Well she almost fired but there was no way she was going anywhere today.

On the way home, O’s Pa made some arrangements with a friend of a friend to get the van towed back to us. The condition that he would tow it whenever he had free time – so we put in an offer, and that evening O received the call that the van was now officially all ours! The wait was unreal, as we were both so excited not only to start our new adventures but not knowing when it would arrive made us so much more anxious in anticipation.

Finally she arrived and with much fanfare and excitement was offloaded in the yard. Now the long but oh so fun process of getting her back on the road can begin!

We will keep you all updated on our progress here, on our facebook page and on our Insta! So make sure you follow and subscribe to learn, laugh and live with us on this new chapter! 2019 Euro Discovery – here we come!

 

Love, Flo + O, and Willow!

xxx

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