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Family trade in home for trip to meet Facebook friends

The Hursts downsized their £280,000 three-bed cottage to fund the four-month drive in a Swift Escape 696 van. Photo: David Hurst-Twitter

A family of four who traded in their home to go on a winter drive to meet all their Facebook friends have told Good Morning Britain they decided to finance the epic road trip after realising that "friends and family are the most valuable thing".

David and Debs Hurst downsized their Devon home and deferred their eldest son's entry to primary school before embarking on the four-month trip across the UK and Europe in a camper van with five-year-old Daniel, three-year-old Darley and their pet dog Colin.

Their aim is to meet as many of their 500 Facebook friends as possible in the trip - taking a nose-to-nose selfie with each one - after setting off three weeks ago.

The Hursts discuss their trip with Good Morning Britain's Katy Fawcett:

The Face2Facebook project will also raise money for Cancer Research, with the family making a £2 donation for every Facebook friend they meet.

David Hurst, 47, said the sudden death of an uncle to cancer three years ago made the family take stock of their lives and begin planning the trip.

The freelance journalist said:

He got a sore throat and died three weeks later, then we lost our best friend and it hit home to us that friends and family are the most valuable thing in life so we started to form this idea.

– David Hurst

He said the family's motor home holiday in March inspired the choice of travel, adding: "It was the only way we could have done it."

After beginning at their home in Tavistock, Devon, the family have driven through Sussex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, London, North Yorkshire, Northumberland before heading up to Fife, Dundee and Perth.

They are off to Lancashire over the next few days, then down to Gloucestershire and Bristol, before going to Buckinghamshire and back to London.

The family will then head to Spain via ferry to take in visits to Barcelona, Valencia and Malaga, plus a trip to Ibiza, before driving on to Hamburg in Germany, Amsterdam and Paris.

Debbie Hurst, a 36-year-old riding instructor, said the family were still deciding on where to spend Christmas before returning to their normal lives in January.

"Somewhere with snow would be nice on one hand, but then I don't really fancy driving in the snow so we'll have to look and see," she said.

Here is a selection of the best photos of their trip so far: