Since 2008 our family has been living a nomadic life. It started as just a way to take our one-year-old baby girl to see her exciting new world. Little did we know it would be the beginning of a new chapter for our family.
Since then, we have traveled all across North America. After visiting nearly all states and provinces of United States, Canada and Mexico, We embarked on a Trans-Atlantic journey to do the same on the European continent.
For more than a decade, we have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and visited more than 30 countries as a family. Today we are a family of 5 continuing to explore our amazing world.
As we continue to learn all about living on this planet as global nomadic citizens, we wanted to share with you everything we know on how to thrive on the road, how to live comfortably with a minimal ecological impact, how we give our kids the best education we believe they can have and all the while saving for the future.
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In 2008, we bought our first rig, a 2007 Airstream International 25FB Ocean Breeze. We started the process of living on the road when we were new parents to our 9-month-old baby girl Ava. Our family had grown from 3 to 5 with the addition of little sister Mila in 2009 and baby boy Luka in 2012. For 7 years with the Airstream, we traveled across the country from California to Florida’s Key West to the tip of the Maine to the far corner of Washington State, and everywhere in-between. Once we visited all of the lower 48 states, we spent an awesome summer in Alaska. Our time in Alaska was life changing and caused us to re-evaluate our traveling lifestyle. After that summer, we felt like the Airstream was holding us back from spots we wanted to camp and explore. It also somehow started feeling a little too comfortable, like we were living with all the comforts of stationary house again.
So in 2016, we decided to transition the Airstream from our home to a passive income project and bought a 2015 Four Wheel Grandby truck camper on a 2016 Ford F250 long bed. For the next 3 years, we pulled ourselves out of our comfort zone and pushed our adventure further south into Baja and Mainland Mexico, close to the Guatemala border, and then into the northeastern most corners of Canada, the Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador.
We also had a little stint with a 2017 Casita Spirit 17 Standard for a year when Dan needed some quieter office space when were no longer in ideal weather conditions to work outside. After all those miles and years spent all over North America, we once again felt like it was time to make another significant change in our traveling lifestyle.
Then in 2018, we decided to shake things up once again. We built out our very own rig, a 2017 Sprinter 4×4 crew van 170. After a quick 30-ish day self-build, we drove our new home from California to Maryland, loaded it onto a boat across the Atlantic Ocean and continued our travels around Europe on September of 2018. As of November 2019, we have driven to 24 European countries including Turkey and the Asian continent and have many more countries plus visit to the African continent in our sights. Our initial plan was to stay in Europe for a year or two but now we are thinking of three years.
As long as everyone in the family is on the same page, we don’t currently see an end to our travels. But I do see adding or switching gears again. Maybe a new continent, maybe a sailboat, but always together, where we are our happiest.
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