“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
So as I have mentioned in my very first blog post, my spouse and I are preparing for quite the adventure starting next May. We are renovating a school bus and getting ready to travel the country with it.
This is something my husband Cameron has been planning to do for years. He has made up many plans for designing the bus, planned routes to take/places to stop, and has wanted this for a long time. This year it was finally made possible for us, and we bought a retired bus at the end of the summer.
At first, I wasn’t planning to go at all. I am a very reserved person, and like to stay in one place that’s rooted in the ground. I had honestly planned to rent a place closer to my family in Ohio and take care of our dogs and work there. However, I realized I would miss out on too much and really regret the year or two apart later on. (Cameron also pointed out that there wouldn’t be any rent to pay if I went, so that helps too). So now we are both going to be on this adventure with our two (soon to be three) dogs.
The trip is basically going to consist of us living in the bus full time for around two years-while travelling around the United States and Canada and stopping at all the national parks. During this time, I’ll still be working full time (I am fortunate enough to work remotely) and we will be documenting our trip through YouTube videos, blogging, photography, and a separate website.
I’ve never really traveled anywhere. I’ve always lived on the East Coast and haven’t seen much of the country. Cameron, however, has had a lot of experience with moving around and is excited to start it up again. I honestly think it will be good for me to live a constantly changing, minimalistic lifestyle for a few years. It will allow me a better perspective, more writing opportunities, and a great chance to have an amazing experience with my spouse. The only thing I will really miss is having my huge library in the same living space.
Over these next few months, we’ll be completely hollowing out the bus and then building a small home inside it for ourselves. I will probably continue to briefly write about the bus on this blog, but for the most part it will be on a separate site. (Once it actually becomes active, I will include a link to the website on here as well).
I truly am a believer that the greatest things are achieved when you are nudged out of your comfort zone- I strive to do that to myself as much as humanly possible. There will be many pros and cons of living a life of constant movement and change, but I do believe I am up for the challenge. This gives us the beautiful gift of seeing much more of the world than we had previously before settling down somewhere out west.
Would you consider this type of lifestyle? I would love to hear your thoughts! If you have any questions about the building/destruction of the bus, or about our plans, definitely let me know in the comments below!