road trip

Leavin' Home for the Open Road: Q + A with Stef and Jerimiah of American Frolic

I'm super excited to share Stef and Jerimiah's camper life story with you today. Stef and Jerimiah blog over at American Frolic.  Stef and I have been chatting over email for a while now and I wanted to ask her all about her decision to purchase and move into a vintage camper indefinitely.

Her story reminds me so much of Matt and I a few years ago. We didn't have a big plan or know exactly how we were going to make it work, but we did! If you take the leap, good things happen.

I asked Stef all about their decision to live mobile in the camper, what the biggest challenges have been as they transition into the camper life, and where they'll end up. I hope you enjoy this Q + A with these rad people!

 

COMET CAMPER: How did you guys decide that you wanted to live in a trailer? What other options did you consider? What motivated you - financial, wanderlust, ecological?

AMERICAN FROLIC: We had both decided we wanted to leave Chicago over a year ago.  We bounced around the idea of moving back to California or maybe to Colorado but knew we would have to put down a double deposit not matter where we went. 

Then we talked about maybe buying a camper to live out of and travel till we found a home wherever we went.  Then that turned into the idea of trying to see the country and find a place we would want to call home, broaden the search to everywhere we could hitch up and travel to...

Life in a 70 sq. ft. Pop-Up Camper: The Cricket

Life in a 70 sq. ft. Pop-Up Camper: The Cricket

Today, I'm really excited to be sharing a guest-post with you by Alexis of Curious-Crickets.com. Alexis is a recent graduate of our Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-Course. Alexis and her husband have decided to downsize and travel extensively in the Cricket Trailer - one of my favorite campers! I met with the owner and designer of Cricket Trailers, Garrett, a few years ago on our first Tiny House Road Trip. These are really cool, very innovative campers. I'll hand it over to Alexis, so you can read all about her experience. If you need help downsizing, you can check out the e-course here.

Hello there!

We’ve been dreaming about it for months now, and going through our things in anticipation. Thankfully, our recent visit to see a Cricket Trailer in person has confirmed our hopes: the green and orange popup will be a great home for me and a very tall guy when we embark on a year of U.S travel.

 

Vintage Trailer Hotel: Visiting El Cosmico in Marfa TX

Vintage Trailer Hotel: Visiting El Cosmico in Marfa TX

One of the awesome places we got to stop and stay at as part of our Tiny House Road Trip 2014 (Part 2) was El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas.

Marfa is a weird town. Matt and I were kind of not cool or hip enough to "get" it, it was a very ironic place. The pizza place on the corner (there's one corner, if you've ever been through Marfa you know what I mean) has a "CLOSED" sign perpetually posted in the window, even when they're open.

You can tell that behind the main street facade of hipster art galleries and $15-a-glass juice bars there was a real town that was probably pretty awesome at one point. We ate breakfast at a place called Buns and Roses, a flower shop combined with a donut place.

Our night spent at El Cosmico was pretty magical. It was my very first foray into any type of desert landscape. We ate grilled cheeses at the only affordable restaurant we could find, then went down the highway a bit to catch the Marfa Lights.

Tiny House Road Trip Part 2: Preparing to Hit The Road

Last Spring, Matt and I embarked on what we called Tiny House Road Trip. The goal was to leave from Massachusetts, travel down the East Coast, through Florida, and then around the south and back up North again. On the way we stopped at the tiny houses of friends, met some fellow bloggers, and took a million photos and did 15 interviews all about tiny houses, vintage campers, and simple living. We even got to hang out with Deek Diedricksen and Steve Harrell, along with many others we had met on our “tour de tiny”, at the April 2013 North Carolina Tiny House workshop at Steve Harrell’s house. We learned a lot about what it meant to live in a tiny house, and were equal parts surprised and intrigued by everyone’s answer to the question: “Why do you live in a tiny house?”.

    It turns out, unexpectedly, that the act of going on the road trip was just as important to Matt and I as the data we collected. I didn’t realize how changed I would be after living out of my Honda Element for 2 months. I learned a lot about what comfort is, what needs vs. wants are, and what I truly want out of my life. Essentially, I discovered my self on that trip: I am happiest when I am living out of a backpack, sleeping in the car, and waking up in a new, beautiful place every morning. When we got back, I realized how BIG the COMET really is! Sounds crazy, but it just felt so spacious compared to the tiny car we had been living in. I had been nervous about downsizing into the COMET, and now I realized I could downsize again (which I did - major purging happened upon our return). Matt said he couldn’t imagine us traveling the country, me in the passenger seat beside him, with a big camper behind us, saying something like “what is all that space for?”.