Many people dream of leaving their normal lives behind in favor of life on the road. They long to ditch the rat race, say goodbye to the four walls of their houses, and explore what the world has to offer in an awesome home on wheels. But only a small portion of people actually make those dreams a reality – and Morgan, Glaucio, their four kids, four cats, and one dog have done just that.
This schoolie family decided to transform an old school bus into their dream home, and now their whole lives revolve around adventure. They explore, sleep, eat, play, and even learn in their epic home, but getting to this point in their lives wasn’t easy. Transforming this dilapidated school bus into a home fit for six humans and five animals was a long and arduous process, but just wait until you see what it looks like inside…
Meet Morgan and Glaucio, the Owners of the Flying Circus Bus
To truly appreciate this awesome school bus conversion we have to know a little bit about the people who transformed it and why they decided to live their lives on the road. So, meet Morgan and Glaucio! Morgan was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana while Glaucio hails from Brazil – which is where they first met. The couple laid eyes on each other during a carnival in Brazil, and they haven’t looked back since.
In fact, the couple tied the knot after just a year of dating. They’ve now been married for over a decade, have four kids, five animals, and a bus that they’ve transformed into the home of their dreams – and so it’s only fitting that they called their home on wheels the Flying Circus Bus. After all, they’ve been on a wild ride.
In May 2020, the Couple Decided to Embark on the Adventure of a Lifetime and Buy an Old School Bus
Although Morgan and Glaucio’s journey started over 10 years ago, their bus journey only started in May 2020 – which is why the finished bus is even more impressive. While the couple had always dreamed of living on the road and a life full of adventure, they never thought it would be possible with their three daughters, one son, four cats, and a dog. Their responsibilities required them to have a permanent home, right?
But despite the fact that they knew it would be difficult, they just couldn’t shake the idea from their heads. And after seeing other families online live the way they had always been dreaming of, they decided to go for it. Forty-eight hours after they made the decision to live off the grid, they bought an old 40-foot 1996 Bluebird school bus. And they knew they couldn’t waste any more time. They had to get started.
When They Bought the Bus It Was Partially Demolished, but There Was Still Work to Be Done
When Glaucio picked the bus up from New Mexico, he was over the moon to see that it had already been partially demolished. In fact, it didn’t really look like a school bus anymore! The previous owners had attempted their own renovation before selling it on unfinished, and it turned out that they had “done a lot of the time-consuming work.”
Yes, the old owners had ripped out the bus seats, removed the rubber flooring, and started on the ceiling. But Glaucio and Morgan knew that their very specific and large family required a complex and detailed plan of action. They had to ensure that the bus was fully practical for the animals and humans that were going to live in it, and it would be a lot of work.
Thankfully, Their Kids Wanted to Get Involved to Make the Old Bus an Incredible Home
After meticulously planning every step of the construction process, Glaucio and Morgan were ready to put their plans into action and to start renovating the Flying Circus Bus. And thankfully, they had some help along the way. Their children were so excited about the process that they wanted to help their parents and get involved.
The first job – and perhaps the biggest – of the renovation was to insulate the floor of the bus. Not only would this help to keep the family warm during the cold, winter months, but it would also help to minimize the movement and the noise from the mechanics of the bus itself. Therefore it was an essential part of the process.
More Than Anything, Morgan and Glaucio Needed the Layout to Work for Their Huge Family
When the flooring was completed, the couple could start working on the layout of their bus. But with only 40-feet to play with they had to really think things through. They needed to make sure that the layout would work for their huge family, while still being both practical and homey at the same time.
And while this photo may look like a picture of two couches, it’s so much more. The couple made sure that every single space had multiple uses. They designed these two couches to house four armrests that can be used for storage or as an organizational space. Plus, there are five pull-our sections of the couch to create new couch formations or extra bed space!
The Couple Also Needed to Factor in Space for Their Large Animal Family
And while this extra couch space worked for their human family, what about the animals? Well, Morgan and Glaucio thought of it all. They knew that they needed to make their bus animal friendly, and they ultimately came up with awesome solutions to keep their four cats and one dog happy in their little home on wheels.
They wanted to make sure that their animals weren’t stressed and had their own space, so they created different nooks throughout the bus for them to sleep in, eat in, and even do their business in! And as you can tell by this picture, the animals didn’t even mind the noise of the construction. They seemed pretty happy in their new home.
With 11 Mouths to Feed They Knew They Needed a Large, Fully-Formed Kitchen
Although the bus now features an impeccably finished open plan living space, Morgan and Glaucio knew that it was important for them to create different segments within the bus – especially because they knew they would have 11 mouths to feed while living on the road. So, when they got started construction on the kitchen they knew they couldn’t scrimp.
But in order to create a fully functional and full-size kitchen with all of the appliances they could possibly need, they had to think strategically. And in the end, they found a way to create their own epoxy resin countertops that were built into a formation that worked best with the shape of their bus and the space they allocated for the kitchen.
The Couple Was Storming Ahead, but They Had a Few Home Truths to Share With Their Followers
By the time October 2020 came around, the couple had already decked out their living space and kitchen and were gearing up to paint and decorate the main area of their bus. They wanted to make the space look bigger, so they opted for light wood on the floors and ceilings, white paint, and another pop of color they wouldn’t reveal until much later on.
And during this time, the couple gained countless followers who all envied their project. But the couple wanted to remind people that it wasn’t all high-fives and fist-bumps. They wrote on Instagram that “Remember that for every beautiful photo, there are 20 or more that got deleted. For every completed project, there were countless hours of planning, problem-solving and work.”
Morgan and Glaucio Came up With a Genius Way to Ensure Their Kids Had Their Own Sleeping Space
Most of this problem-solving centered around their large family and the small space. But luckily Morgan and Glaucio came up with a genius way to allow their kids their very own sleeping space. They realized that they couldn’t put four beds lengthways along their bus… so they went up instead!
They started work on creating two sets of bunk beds for their children, and it’s safe to say that their youngsters were delighted. Not only did this satisfy the adults and their space-saving antics, but the kids also loved the sleepover vibe their parents were creating. It was a great use of space and pretty exciting, too!
But They Made Sure That the Bunk Beds Didn’t Take up Space in Their Own Master Bedroom
With the kids’ bunk beds in full construction mode, the couple could soon focus on how they would have their own sleeping space. They didn’t want to miss out on the chance to have their own bedroom, and they wanted a space that would be separate from their kids. So, they created their own master bedroom.
They built this master bedroom at the back of the bus – and of course, the kids still wanted to get involved in mummy and daddy’s room! While they only had a small space to work with, they created a master bedroom that’s better than the bedrooms in most people’s brick-and-mortar houses. Just wait until you see it.
Glaucio Was in Charge of Creating the Bathroom, and He Was Pretty Proud Of His Efforts
No house would be complete without a bathroom, and with so many humans on board, they knew that the Flying Circus Bus needed a substantial bathroom. Morgan decided to hand this project over to her handy husband, and he set about fitting a toilet, sink, and shower into one small space.
Glaucio actually made this compact custom-made curved composting-toilet, and he wrote on Instagram that “I know I will be the one cleaning it so it might as well make me proud while I’m doing so.” He also noted that “It has a computer fan and will be on 24/7 and ducted to underneath the bus.” He made sure all of the plumbing was up to scratch and created an incredibly practical space.
With Much of the Building Complete, They Could Focus On Decorating to Their Taste
By the time January 2021 came around, the construction on each of the segments – the cab area, the living space, kitchen, bedrooms, and bathroom – had been completed. So, this meant that they could really start to focus on making their constructed shell into an amazing home on wheels for their whole family.
The family continued painting walls and their furniture in white and blue paint, and they decided to go for a blue and white theme overall. And as they put a runner down in the living room and made sure the light fitting were all working properly, all of the family could see that their home was finally starting to really come together.
They Focused on Putting Small and Inexpensive Touches Into Their Home To Provide Storage Options
Because they had finished with the main furniture pieces of their school bus conversion, Morgan, Glaucio, and the kids could focusing on putting small and inexpensive touches into their home. Not only did this offer them more space to house their belongings, but it also made the whole bus look homier.
In fact, the couple got their son to make the shelf for their kitchen! He stained the piece of wood they sourced and they fitted the whole thing themselves. Morgan wrote that “L brackets, #hobbylobby wooden shelf brackets, some heavy-duty adhesive, and a DIY shelf gave me the perfect above sink shelf for our kitchen.” And now, it’s the perfect shelf for them to store their dishes and glasses.
The Kids Also Had a Huge Amount of Storage in Their Bedroom to Keep Their Toys Safe
When Morgan and Glaucio lived in their old home, they had a whole playroom for their kids to enjoy. So when they started on their bus renovation project, they were conscious that they wanted their children to still have the option to play and be kids. Because of this, they built the bunk beds and the kids’ bedroom with this in mind.
All four of Morgan and Glaucio’s kids were excited to see their bedroom come together – and they were over the moon when the end result was revealed. But before they could have the first sleepover they were given the chance to fill their bedroom with toys all thanks to the many storage options available. Morgan and Glaucio built drawers into the bunk beds, as well as another cupboard at the end of the room.
Morgan and Glaucio’s Master Bedroom Turned Out Better Than They Had Imagined
The whole family was so pleased to see how the bunk bed situation turned out, but of course, Morgan and Glaucio also wanted their space to be homey and practical. And they noted on Instagram that their master bedroom turned out way better than they had even imagined. It was the perfect place for them to relax after a day of exploring.
The couple chose to separate their bedroom by a door that could be locked from the inside, which meant that they were still close to their kids, but still had their own unique space. And during the decorating process, they learned that “Zipper bedding + amazon pillow finds make our bedroom not only really comfortable but cozy!!!”
Their Incredible Living Room Doesn’t Even Look Like a School Bus Anymore
Of course, when the parents, the kids, and the animals aren’t sleeping they’re all hanging out in the open-plan living area. And it’s fair to say that Morgan and Glaucio did such an incredible job that you wouldn’t even know this was a school bus if you didn’t see the outside! Not only is this space bright and colorful and cozy, but it’s also extremely practical.
The couple wrote that “Every single thing you see in this photo has a purpose. There is room for everything we need and that has meaning, but there is zero room for extra.” This means that they have a seating area with storage, a full-size refrigerator, and wall space for the belongings they want to keep safe. But they also had to scrimp on toys, a big pantry, and a dishwasher.
The Couple Homeschool Their Children So They Built Their Own Makeshift Classroom
As the Flying Circus Bus travels around the United States, it’s not possible for the kids to go to school. Because of this, Morgan and Glaucio teach their children on the road. This meant they had to make a designated space that worked as their makeshift classroom. They segmented a small area of the living space to use as the classroom and it’s now “hands down the most used space in our bus.”
The couple “utilized a large butcher block and cut it into a shape that would be usable but yet a smaller profile to fit our layout” and it’s the perfect space for the kids to work. They have their stools so they can sit at the desk, and they even have laptops and a desktop screen to ensure that they have everything they need.
Morgan and Glaucio Even Made Sure to Use the Space in the Cab of the Bus
When you have a small space and a large family, you need to make use of every single nook and cranny – and that’s exactly what Morgan and Glaucio have done. While the cab of their school bus is mainly used for the driving aspect of their adventures, they also wanted to make sure that it was practical and comfortable. So, that’s what they did!
Above the driver’s seat they have a huge amount of storage space filled with baskets and boxes of their things, and then “A huge butcher block creates the entire dash but is also multifunctional. Cats love napping there, kiddos read, or do homework or just an extra spot to sit.” As if that wasn’t enough, they also have their kitty litter boxes next to the dash.
They Also Wanted to Make Sure That the Kitchen Was the Heart of Their Home on Wheels
We all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and Morgan and Glaucio didn’t want to change just because they had left a brick-and-mortar house behind. They wanted to create a space that was both inviting and practical for their family, and while it’s not the biggest kitchen in the world, it has everything they could possibly need to cook up a storm.
When the couple showcased their new kitchen for the first time, they noted that it “Doesn’t matter if you live in a house or a bus… I feel like regardless, the kitchen is where everyone tends to gravitate.” And while it may look as though this kitchen was designed and made by professionals, Morgan and Glaucio actually made the whole thing themselves.
They Utilized Every Inch of Space in Their Kitchen so They Didn’t Have to Sacrifice Their Home Comforts
Because the couple made this kitchen from scratch, they were able to design and construct it to their own measurements and their own requirements. And they have noted that “We kept our kitchen layout open with extra deep countertops and I couldn’t be happier with the extra inches!”
In fact, building these slightly larger countertops meant that the family could splash out on some home comforts. They love their fancy coffee machine and they have oodles of cupboard space to store their food items. And even when they run out of space in these cupboards, they have nifty little hooks all around the kitchen for them to hang things on.
To Add Another Aspect to Their Home on Wheels, Morgan and Glaucio Decided to Utilize the Space on Their Roof
Over the course of their bus renovation, Morgan and Glaucio have realized that every inch counts. This is why they have since decided to use space that just seemed to be wasted while they were on the road… the roof! Although the couple, their kids, and their animals have the great outdoors as their playground, they also want their own personal space.
So, they’re currently in the process of making a roof deck. They started working on this project in March 2021, and have so far come a long way. Before it was just a plain yellow roof with nothing on it. And it’s since undergone a transformation of many layers. This is what it looked like during the first stage of their renovation.
While Their Bus May Be Small, They Have Made Sure That Every Living Being Has Their Own Place to Call Their Own
It’s easy to see that Morgan and Glaucio put a huge amount of effort into the decoration of their renovated school bus, but what’s even more impressive is how they have created such a wonderful home for their four kids and five pets. After all, that’s a lot of living beings to live in one 40-foot school bus!
But the couple has made sure that each of their kids has their own area to enjoy in their bedroom, and they have separated all of the beds with their own blinds. They did this because “This gives the kids a sense of their own space as well as a way to decompress and have time to themselves. Huge necessity when living tiny.”
The Bathroom on the Flying Circus Bus Was Designed to Have Everything They Could Need
While some people who choose to convert vans and buses into homes on wheels choose to forego a proper bathroom in favor of the great outdoors, Morgan and Glaucio knew that their bathroom had to be fully functional. And while they only had a tiny portion of their bus to use for this all-important room, it’s perfect for them, their four kids, and even the animals!
In a post about their bathroom on Instagram, the couple spoke about how they put so much into such a little space. They noted that they used wall cavities to hold toilet paper and towels, that they put all of their personal belongings out of the way in a medicine cabinet that doubled up as a mirror. And they still had space to install a working shower!
While the Whole Family Love the Interior of the Home, They Also Love the Fact That They Get to Explore
It’s clear to see that the whole family loves their home on wheels and that Morgan and Glaucio put a huge amount of thought and effort into making their old school bus into a cozy home. But more than anything, they love the fact that it allows them to travel across the country and to explore new places.
In fact, to commemorate their travels, the family have stuck a map onto the side of their van. Whenever they visit a new place, they color in the state so they can tick off more and more of these places off their bucket list. More than anything, Morgan and Glaucio want their kids to see the world rather than stay in one place all day, every day.
Their Life on the Road Gives Them the Flexibility to Do What They Want When They Want To
In a wholesome Instagram post, Morgan and Glaucio noted that one of the best things about their schoolie life is the fact that they can be flexible. They can do what they what when they want, and they can do what’s best for their kids and their animals along the way. After all, what’s better than being able to start the engine and drive to a new home for the night?
In this post, the couple wrote that “When things come up or don’t go as expected, I feel like its a lot easier to roll with the punches when your house is on wheels.” But they have been honest about their experience and noted that they have struggled with certain aspects of bus life – especially when it comes to unreliable electricity and power.
The Roof Deck Is Still an Ongoing Project, but It’s Already a Hit With the Kids
At the time of writing, Morgan and Glaucio are still in the process of building the perfect roof deck for the Flying Circus Bus, but it’s already going down a storm with the family. Not only is it a new and secure space for the kids and the animals to play if they park up on a road, but it’s also another storage solution to add to their list.
The couple has spoken about their plans on social media, writing that “We will add metal on the back and front on the bottom of the “box” to create a secure box for both safety and for storage when it closes to keep everything inside. Then we will add wire to the railings for safety. The railings are up when in use, or fold in/down to close up!”
People Love Watching Their Bus Transform, but They Always Ask Questions About the Animals
Over the course of their building process, the Flying Circus Bus has amassed countless fans. And while those who have followed their journey are in love with their construction and decoration, many of the questions they get asked revolve around their pets. So, how do they keep four cats and one dog happy on a home on wheels?
Morgan and Glaucio did a huge amount of research before taking their animals with them, and they have found that their cats absolutely love life on the road. They have learned when the best time to feed them to avoid travel sickness is, they have made sure to microchip all of their animals, and they have created designated spaces for all of them in the bus. And so far, they have had no issues.
It Seems as Though the Animals and the Kids All Love These New, Chilled Life
And it’s not just the cats and the dog that are embracing this nomadic lifestyle. Morgan and Glaucio have also been eager to see how their kids would react to this new, chilled lifestyle – and they couldn’t be happier with how at home they seem in the bus.
Thankfully, all the kids seem to be getting on well, and they love the fact that they are learning new skills every single day. And while Glaucio has been a bit nervous about his daughters cutting his hair, they seem to have picked up these new talents on their own and living in perfect harmony as a family.
Although Morgan and Glaucio Are the First to Admit That Life Can Be Hard, They Wouldn’t Change It for Anything
Now that Morgan, Glaucio, their four kids, and their five animals are exploring the United States and experiencing new adventures, they can’t believe they didn’t buy a bus sooner. They enjoy every single second of their day and have found such joy in this new lifestyle. But they would be the first to admit that it’s not easy.
Living life on the road does come with its challenges, but still they wouldn’t change anything. They are thankful that they decided to take the plunge and make their dream a reality, and they are amazed at how they have transformed an old school bus into a home that they – and their social media followers – can be proud of!
The Whole Family Has Embraced Living Their Lives on the Road and Have Found Ways to Make It as Normal As Possible
Of course, Morgan and Glaucio also know that by building the Flying Circus Bus and taking their kids to live on the road, they are leaving “normal” life behind them. And this can sometimes drum up challenges. But luckily, everyone in the family – including the kids, the dogs, and the cats – has all embraced this life. Because of this, they have found ways around their everyday problems.
Yep, when Glaucio wants to shave he doesn’t have to hole himself up in a small bathroom when five other humans also want to use it. Instead, he can make his way to the great outdoors, use the giant mirrors on the side of the school bus, and embrace the view while shaving. Not everyone can say that they have the whole world as their backyard.
When They Need to Wash Their Laundry, They Simply Hang It on the Front of the School Bus
Naturally, many people have come to Morgan and Glaucio and asked questions about how normal their lives really are. They want to know things like how they wash their clothes and how they do their grocery shopping, and thankfully, they have all of the answers! The couple not only did their research before building their home on wheels, but they have also learned a lot along the way.
When it comes to washing their laundry, they simply do so by washing their clothes in the sink or the shower, before hanging it out to dry on the front of their bus. All they do is hang a cord between the two wing mirrors, and then they have their very own washing line ready to dry their clothes in the natural windy surroundings.
Although They Could Head to the Nearest Grocery Store to Do Their Shopping, They Choose Another Option
Many followers of the Flying Circus Bus also ask the family how they go about feeding their whole family. After all, they not only have young children to cook for, but they also have four hungry cats and a greedy dog! Since being on the road, the couple has found a system that works for them – but it doesn’t involve heading to the nearest grocery store.
Although they often head to the likes of Home Depot to stock up on diapers or animal food, they do the majority of their shopping online and have it delivered to the door of their school bus. This is convenient for the whole family as it doesn’t require moving the bus to the parking lot of a grocery store, and it means that they can stay in their location and have the food delivered to them.
Now That the Family Are Living Full-Time In the School Bus, They Are Extremely Glad They Have Hidden Storage Everywhere
Perhaps one of the biggest lessons the family has learned on the road is that every single inch of their bus counts. With so many people and so many animals, every space for storage is like a pot of gold. And while they made it their mission to cut down on the number of possessions they have, living a general day-to-day life does require a lot of stuff. And that stuff needs a home.
In this photo, you can see just how much Glaucio and Morgan utilized the space in the bus. They have drawers and pull-out cabinets everywhere you look, and even the stools at the workstation double up as containers for all of their bits and bobs. And because everything is hidden and stored away, they have truly been able to make this bus feel like a home – plants and all!
Everyone on the Bus Has Space to Be Themselves and to Enjoy Their Free Time
Many of the people who have followed the Flying Circus Bus’s journey have questioned how so many people and animals all live in one space. But Morgan and Glaucio made sure that everyone in their family was catered for. That’s why they gave all of the kids their own bunk beds and even the cats their own litter trays away from the hustle and bustle of the living area.
The cats get to roam about as they please, and even the kids have space for their alone time. Although Morgan and Glaucio want their children to enjoy the great outdoors and to see what the world has to offer, they have also installed a television in the bedroom area to keep the little ones happy when the weather doesn’t work in their favor.
When the Weather Is Nice, the Family Set Up a Cinema Screen on the Side of Their Bus
In fact, we don’t think anyone could not have fun when they’re living on the Flying Circus Bus. Not only has it been impeccably and practically kitted out and decorated, but Morgan and Glaucio really have thought of everything! That’s because in recent weeks they have added a new addition to their bus; their own private movie theater.
While there’s certainly no space inside for them all to watch a movie on the big screen, they have a whole 40-foot school bus to make use of. And they have since bought a projector and a screen to attach to the side of their home for the coolest movie nights ever. When the weather is good, they all sit down and watch their favorite movie – which just so happens to be Harry Potter.
The Flying Circus Bus Is Constantly on the Lookout for New and Exciting Adventures for the Whole Family
Morgan and Glaucio know that there are countless people out there who dream of living life on the road and exploring what the natural world has to offer. They were once two of those people, but they decided to make their dream a reality, buy their bus, and transform it into the perfect home for their children and their pets.
And now they’re constantly on the lookout for new and exciting places to visit with their brood. The picture on the left shows their school bus parked up in right on the beach in Key West, Florida, and the photo on the right shows their daughters having the time of their lives on Boca Chica Beach in Texas! And it’s no wonder they look so happy.
Morgan and Glaucio Love That Their Family Have Been Able to Connect With Nature on a Deeper Level
While the whole family loves to visit these new destinations and cover more ground in their bus on a weekly basis, their biggest love of all is animals. And you probably don’t need us to tell you that considering they share their home with four cats and one dog! But wherever they go, they always seem to make animal friends.
This is one of the things that drew Morgan and Glaucio to the road in the first place. While they enjoy city life, they much prefer finding off-the-beaten-track destinations that allow them to connect with nature and meet new and exciting people. Plus, this means that they can almost always find new and exciting animals to also make friends with.
The Next Project on Morgan and Glaucio’s List Is to Paint the Exterior of the Bus
When you look at the Flying Circus Bus, it would be easy to assume that the whole project is finished. After all, you don’t come across many old school buses that have fully equipped kitchens, a bathroom complete with a shower, four bunk beds, and a master bedroom. But it seems as though Morgan and Glaucio are constantly looking for a new job to complete.
At the moment, this new job focuses more on the exterior of the school bus rather than the interior. Although the classic yellow paint of their school bus has served them well, it’s not been painted since they bought it. Because of this, they believe that it needs a little refresh. So… which color do you think they’ll go for?
Getting Stuck Into Any New Project Is Tough, but the Family Still Knows How to Have Fun
It’s fair to say that the family has taken on a huge project by transforming this school bus into a home, and painting the exterior of the bus will be no easy feat. Morgan posted this photo on Instagram with the caption “It’s a paint prep kinda day for the project that literally never ends aka painting the bus.” So, it seems as though it’ll be a while before we see the finished project.
For the time being, Glaucio and his partner in crime are busy prepping the outside of the bus in order for the paint to look as fresh as possible – and they seem to be having fun along the way! When you live a carefree life like these guys do, we’re sure you can find the fun in any scenario.
They Hope to Have Way More Adventures in the Flying Circus Bus in the Future
Although it may seem as though Morgan, Glaucio, and the whole family are at the end of their adventure… it’s only just beginning. Now that the bus is almost finished they can spend their time focusing on their next destination and the next place to tick off their bucket lists. But alongside this, Morgan also loves driving.
On Instagram she has written, “The view in a bus is unmatched. Remember back when you used to climb up on dad’s shoulders as a kid to “see better”? Well, this is what being in a bus is like. Being higher than all the cars around you, surrounded by windows, we get to see some pretty awesome drives!” Does it make you want to start your own bus transformation?