We all have our own stories and reasons for following this lifestyle and that’s part of what I LOVE about it.
For us, it feels like we were living “bus life” long before we purchased the bus. When we got married in 2013 we had +100K in student loan and vehicle debt. We felt the pressure to follow those “expected” steps of post-marriage adulthood but just couldn’t wrap our heads around it all.
We wanted to hike, travel and LIVE on our terms but knew that wasn’t possible to sustain comfortably with the weight of interest, monthly payments, and debtors. We made a choice. We took an inventory of our lifestyle, modified areas within our control and made a commitment to being debt free. I even bought an Appalachian Trail thru-hike guide that year for inspiration. Three and a half years later we made our final payment and KNEW in that (oddly anti-climactic!) moment we made the right choice.
Cut to now… we built this bus, we have this fire inside us, this experience behind us, and we want to help others with the message. We’re not sure what that looks like quite yet so we’re dedicating 2018 to traveling in our bus, exploring ideas, and hiking the Appalachian Trail with our rock hopping dog Moose. 🙂