We started our love affair with our old, beautiful Airstream trailer in May of 2016. We spent the first six years of our marriage living a very routine life in suburbia. The usual go to work, come home, go to bed, repeat kind of life.
One day, it hit us that our biggest memories from our first few years of marriage were our epic vacations and rambling road trips through the west. We dreamed up this wild, romantic idea that we would live and work from an Airstream and travel the country. And so that’s what we did. We spent seven months completely remodeling a 1975 Airstream from the ground up.
During our time spent remodeling, my husband landed a full-time telecommute job, and I continued to run an e-commerce business which allows me to work from anywhere.
The two of us – including our dog – set sail for the North Carolina coast where we lived for the winter. Our days were suddenly full of new places to explore, sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets and time. Our days belong to us. We decide what we do, where we go and where we sleep at night.
As unsettling as all of that would have sounded to us ten years ago, it’s become the most freeing thing we’ve ever done. We can’t wait to explore more of this country – next month we are heading west!
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It was November 2012 when we quit our jobs, gave away our stuff, and hit the road. We had been living in the urban wasteland of Southern California and were burnt out on the endless cycle of work, sleep, consume. We craved space, silence, and wildness. We craved things we didn’t yet know existed.
The idea was for us to take a short break to rethink each of our professional and academic paths. We bought our camper in Panama in July and started our journey North towards the USA. Our trip was supposed to end a month ago, and yet, here we are, hooked to the Vanlife and planning to stay on the road for another six months, with Alaska as our final destination.
I always make time to explore in my free time. Now with a wife and two children, I want to make sure that they see what I see in the beautiful nature that we have.