Dear blog readers, we have something very big to share with you:
After nearly two years of full-time travel, we’ve officially settled down again!
The entire process of converting our bus into a comfortable home as well as the experience of living, working, and traveling on it full-time has been fantastic for us. Though it took a tremendous effort to make the dream of bus life into a reality, both of us knew that it wasn’t necessarily something we’d do forever. We both have additional goals that we’d like to accomplish – and after a terrific time touring the U.S. in our bus, we’re ready to do the work necessary to achieve them.
Though it gave us the freedom to comfortably travel much of the U.S., our bus does have some inherent limitations. Some of the things we’re hoping to accomplish without the bus include more international travel, possibly and eventually including a sail boat of some kind. (Ryan did a 10-day sailing trip across the Gulf of Mexico this February and would love to do more ocean-faring in the future.) In the long-term, we’re also interested in purchasing a piece of land and creating a sustainable homestead to serve as a home-base for ourselves.
In short, we’ve been very fortunate to be able to travel the way that we have – and we certainly learned a lot of valuable lessons from our time on the road. With that in mind, it also feels like it’s time for us to try something new. We’re ready to take on fresh challenges and are very much excited to see what the future brings.
So where are you Moving to?
After visiting many cities, states, and provinces, we’ve decided to hang our hats along the front-range of Colorado, and have moved to Boulder, CO. Though Ryan’s had a long-standing love affair with California and I will always have a big soft spot in my heart for New Mexico and northern Arizona (that I’d learn to love desert areas was an utterly surprising aspect of traveling), Colorado makes the most sense for us right now. Not only does it provide access to wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities, but it’s also reasonably close to our respective families. With that in mind, we’ve officially moved to the Centennial State.
But, What About the bus?
Rest assured, we are definitely not getting rid of the bus! In fact, it’s comfortably parked in our new driveway. After nearly two years of trekking all around the country, the old gal could really use some serious engine work. We’re not yet sure if it’ll require a full engine rebuild, or just a few part replacements, but we do know that continuing to travel with the engine in its current condition would’ve eventually meant dealing with a major break down.
That being said, we’re very happy to have found a rental property with a driveway large enough to fit the bus on-site. Currently, our plan is begin working on the engine sometime in the spring, and you can certainly expect the blog to cover the details of that endeavor. We also intend to use the bus as a place to host family, friends, and the occasional couch surfer visiting Colorado.
Is the Blog Parked in the Driveway Too?
No! We will very much be continuing to blog. In addition to several posts covering previously unshared aspects of our travel experience, we plan to discuss the engine work in-depth, local Colorado adventures, as well as (fingers crossed) some international trips in future blog posts. We’re excited to see what comes next and are looking forward to sharing new adventures with y’all!
Some Highlights of our Travels:
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