Fight Club said it best: “Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions
At some point around the middle of last year, it occurred to us that the need to pay for our house and stuff
was the only thing keeping us from doing what we truly loved – being together as much as we can, living a simpler life in touch with nature, having a plethora of new experiences, meeting and helping a lot of people, making spontaneous decisions based on how we felt on a given day, and living our own adventure
instead of just following the conventional and safer path in life. We were trading away the best years of our life for the almighty steady paycheck so that someday
we could enjoy everything we earned. Screw "someday" though, what about now
? What if for some reason there was no "someday" waiting for us?
We asked ourselves, “If we knew we only had __ more days/months/years to live, what would we do?” The answer was unanimous: we would travel the world together.
Late last year, to better cope with the dissatisfaction in our daily routines, we started joking about ditching our house and jobs and traveling full-time. The jokes persisted, and after enough time didn’t seem so far-fetched anymore. We decided that at least for a while, the most realistic option was an RV. Maybe one day when we don’t have dogs anymore we could go a step further and start backpacking on other continents, or live all over the world on a sailboat. For now though, we needed some semblance of a home for us and our three 4-legged kiddos.
We “joked” about our plans so much that – in a moment I still look back on and wonder “what the hell were we thinking?!” – we purchased our super-fixer-upper '65 Airstream Overlander
the day we went to look at it. Neither of us had ever owned, driven, worked on or even camped in (for more than a couple days) an RV before the day we brought it home. We had always thought the iconic silver trailers were beautiful though, even without knowing much about them. We were handy enough with tools and home renovations, so we just dove in before we could even second guess ourselves. How’s that as a kick-off for life of spontaneity and adventure?
Nearly a year of renovations to the Airstream to be our cozy little home on wheels kept us too busy to make many plans for post-completion, but as many of you know, it didn’t take long after the trailer finally started to feel livable to question the rest of our life choices. With the support of one another, the benefit of having complimentary digital marketing and web design skills and experience, and word spreading quickly through our social network after our first couple successful freelance gigs (that we really only did to help pay for the trailer!), we made the decision to leave our emotionally-unfulfilling corporate jobs and start our own web design and digital marketing partnership. We knew the opportunity to seize more control of our life and spend more time together was the next right
thing for us. It was a HUGE risk, but one we knew we’d always regret not taking, even if we failed trying.
As much as we've loved having our historic home in Tennessee that we renovated ourselves, we need to experience something else
now. A lot of “something else-s,” to be specific. After our recent month-long inaugural trip in the Airstream, it was more apparent than ever that full-time travel is the next step for us. Being home has become a greater source of stress than pleasure. Daily life seems so predictable
that it’s almost unbearable at times, and we’re having trouble fitting back into our old routines and social expectations. We need to wake up every day not knowing what new and exciting experiences will present themselves. Wanderlust has taken a firm hold on us and “the norm” is no longer sufficient. That's not to say that "the norm" isn't enough for most people; it just isn't right for us at this point in our lives. Or maybe ever
Our house is now officially rented for at least a year starting in September, so we’ve started getting rid of most of our excess stuff. It feels awesome to not be owned
by so much stuff! Thankfully our renters wanted our house to remain mostly furnished, so we have a lot less to get rid of quickly, and it's mostly ready if we want or need to return here for family or work someday.
Finishing touches are also happening on the Airstream to get it ready for full-timing, and we’re learning and doing as much as we can these next two months to make our personal and business transition to nomadic living as smooth as possible.
The hardest part at the moment is assuring friends and family that we aren't abandoning them, that we will be back to see them - or better yet, they can come visit us when we're camped somewhere really awesome - and we will always stay in touch thanks to the miracles of the internet. We'll stalk our friends who live in other areas of the country and force them to take us to cool local places. Ditto for some AirForums members we've gotten close to! If anyone wants to let us park at their house we'd be happy to cook dinner (we love to grill especially) and/or do some household or Airstream work in exchange!
On a more serious note, I actually started this thread to thank everyone here on AirForums who has supported our renovation, whether with helpful suggestions, letting us stalk your project or full-timing threads, those we bought items from or sold our parts to, and those who commented or messaged us with friendship and encouragement. We truly couldn’t have done it without you! AirForums is the reason we felt confident enough to take on a renovation like we did, and it saved us from costly mistakes countless
times. We know will continue to both learn and share our experiences for many years to come!
The adventure begins for us in late August/early September. We plan to head up to New England for a couple months to see the fall colors, meander down the east coast, head to Florida/the deep South/Texas for the winter, out west and up to the PNW in the spring to summer, then maybe across Canada? We'll have to see where the road takes us!