So, we bought a bus. Oh, and we’re going to live in it.
The last half-year has been a winding adventure in, “What the hell are we going to do with our lives?” We’ve been playing with the idea of converted-bus-living for a while, but then seeing some of our friends trying it out really seemed to help us visualize it as a possibility for ourselves. So the roommates took off and we moved out of our gorgeous three-bedroom house to rent a single bedroom in orderto lower our living expenses enough to be able to MAKE this happen. We waited and waited and waited for the perfect opportunity. This week, the week of spring equinox (how fitting), we pounced on this beauty. Sure, she needs a lot more work, but she’s ours. We are so excited.
Our top 5 reasons for moving into a bus:
1. A smaller space – we’ve always loved the comfort and intimacy of smaller spaces. They’re easier and cheaper to decorate, it forces us to remain minimalists, and it always feels as though our home is hugging us.
2. Home-ownership – Who the hell wouldn’t want to own their own home? This is the ultimate opportunity for nesting. Every penny we put into this is ours to keep. No mortgage, low rent (cost of parking), and on to our next point:
3. Off-grid - No water, wastewater, electric, and gas bills. This baby is going to be solar-powered and our toilet will be a composting unit.
4. Movable – My husband and I are gypsies at the soul. Or maybe we’re just antsy. Who knows what our issue is. We move a lot. Part of that is that we’ve not yet found a place that feels like home yet. Another part is that we need a change of scenery every year or so. I think when the kids are older, we’ll be a fabulous world-traveling family. For now I’d like permanency, without being trapped in one spot. You know the feeling of rearranging your furniture every 6 months? It feels good. That’s kinda what moving is like for us. Now, we can move, but move our whole home with us.
5. More family time – because our living expenses will be significantly less than living in a normal home within the system, there will be less wage-slavery and more memories being made with the kids. Money can be a fun rather than terrifying. More trips to the zoo, the theatre, the organic restaurants we love, more to causes we passionately care for, more for preschool programs or savings, more for family visits and travel – all while getting more family time than we can accomplish now.
So while I’ve been on a 6-month blogging vacation, stay tuned for more bus updates.