Dave & Kelly
A process that was years in the making, Kelly and I began living from the road as proper full-timers on April 3, 2015.
Our move from Chicago to Seattle included an upsizing from a big condo to an even bigger house. The transition also included a big property, a big garden, and big garage – all things that initially brought us comfort and joy, but led to the collection of a lot more stuff.
Unfortunately, the house required a lot of time to clean, yard work was never-ending, heating and cooling bills were high, the expansive table settings for twelve went unused, and the spare bedrooms sat empty. Over time, frustrations began to surface and we began asking ourselves why we had all this stuff, which in all honesty was difficult to justify. Eventually we began resenting all the stuff and began purging in earnest.
In November 2011 we relocated from Seattle to San Francisco, a move that afforded us the opportunity to significantly downsize. Everyone knows about the outrageous housing costs in the Bay Area and we had no interest in getting caught-up in that game. Instead, we bought an Airstream and began living very comfortably at an RV park in Half Moon Bay – a sleepy little fishing town hiding in the shadows of San Francisco.
With the transition to a tiny living space, we shed nearly all of our belongings, keeping only the basic essentials. It turns out that living with less didn’t significantly impact our level of enjoyment … we were hooked.
Increasingly, a dream of ours was to travel and experience the country slowly and casually. We dreamt of journeys visiting and living in places for a few weeks at a time – the type of experience requiring years to complete.
North America is a big place and there is a lot to see. So with that goal in mind, we hit the road.