Travel More. Rent Less.

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A home base  in Southern Utah

What would you do with $6,000? We ask you this question because this is how much we spent on rent last year and we were asking ourselves the same thing. Heres the kicker – its totally avoidable. We worked two full months last year out of our tent. Both of us pulled multiple jobs without a hitch! Only when the snow started falling and it was no longer bearable to sleep outside in bitter cold did we succumb to that nasty four letter word…rent. Our biggest challenge was finding a free campsite close to town that we could call home for a little while. If you can be resourceful, you can go almost anywhere and find a place to set up camp away from society and stack up your funds.

People often wonder how in the world we survive without running water and electricity for extended periods of time. I mean, you need to be able to shower and update your Facebook status right?! Not quite. Rivers provide an excellent source of running water and local coffee shops are your generators. You can plugin electronics, grab a coffee, and Facebook until your heart is content. Your vehicle is your fridge and your home is where you decide to park it. Now if you plan on doing something like this we would advise investing in a 3 to 7 gallon water jug with a few Nalgenes to keep you company. Stocking up on water saves the hassle of running out of water at inopportune times. Cooking outdoors is a breeze. Get a portable propane grill, a single stove top (also propane burning) , or a cooking basket. Dried goods are your friend like bread, peanut butter, rice and noodles. Don’t forget to clean up after yourself to give the next person your pristine front yard.

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Brats & Red Peppers

Our point of all this ramble is to show all of you that you don’t have to waste your money on walls that you will never own. Sometimes you have too, but most of the time you don’t. Getting outside of the box takes some adjustment but in the long run is worth it. We promise! Every dollar saved is another minute of freedom on this open road of life. We will leave you with this. Things don’t tie you down, you tie yourself down with things. Happy travels!!

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Rent money well spent! – Canyonlands National Park

48 thoughts on “Travel More. Rent Less.

  1. Awesome lifestyle. When you settle down, do you settle down in the same place every time, or do you settle down wherever you are? And when you settle and find jobs, are they repeated jobs, or new jobs? How do you explain that you only want to work for a few months?
    A few questions, but I’m so interested in doing something like this!

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    1. It all depends! We don’t have jobs waiting for us anywhere that we can go back to, we always find new work where ever we feel like living for a few months. It’s important that when we settle down, we choose a warm climate with national forest land nearby to camp on for free. The type of work we find are temp positions or seasonal positions. We cut back on as many expenses as possible to save our money for future travels! With a few months of work, we have enough money saved to travel for at least 7+ months! Without rent, internet, cable, electric and water bills, we have that much more money to use traveling! Hope we answered all your questions 🙂 Happy Travels!

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    1. We’re trying to figure that out ourselves! We just finished working for the past 3 months and now we’re traveling for the next 7+ months. We live really cheap when we do settle down to work so we can maximize our savings to travel 🙂

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  2. A lovely idea, especially for a young couple in love. Add a serious job requiring a suit and shirt and a young child into the mix, then I’d say its much more difficult/less fun. That being said, I love the sentiment and completely agree with de-cluttering your life and living minimally. Most things we ‘own’ and buy end up owning us if you let them.

    We are serious travellers at heart and don’t live anywhere near beyond our means, but I’m still happy to have a nice place to call home which I can easily afford, I don’t think camping for free is really necessary to live within your means, but as an example for others I wish you good luck. I’ll return to your blog.

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    1. Our lifestyle is definitely not for everyone and we don’t want to push our lifestyle choices on anyone else at all! We just simply want to share our experiences. For some, rent may seem like an acceptable financial payment but for us, paying rent when we could live in a tent was an example of us living beyond our means. Everyone’s financial means are different and we cut costs relating to comfort so we can spend the extra 2-3 months/year traveling. Happy travels to you and your family!!

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  3. Wow, what an adventure. Before I committed to my jaguar-related path I was planning on joining the Peace Corps immediately after earning my master’s. My intention was to end up in Guyana (possibly the most awesome country on Earth) so I could experience the sort of life you just described; and to avoid become a traditional counselor. There are jaguars in Guyana though, so who knows…

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    1. That’s cool to hear of your eye openers! It seems like you are doing the right thing by following your passion. Props to you Josh, I think those jaguars are going to get you to amazing places. 🙂

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  4. on way to do it … LOL
    I think I will stick with my home. Sadly, tents & I don’t do so well … I enjoy short (extremely short) camping trips, but that’s about all!
    Keep giving us the exciting news from your walk of life!!

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    1. There is no problem with that! This way of life works well for us but different strokes for different folks, ya know? Thanks for checking out our adventures!

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  5. Cool blog, thanks! Living on boats for 21 years taught me to be precious with power and water. It’s astounding how much water and power people in the western world waste! Not to mention how much useless material things people collect along their journey in life.

    When you have to cart your water in drums for even just a small way, you learn to conserve pretty quickly. You guys would be great living on a boat! 😉

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    1. Thank you! Ironically enough, we have been tossing the idea of boat life around for the past few months. We’d like to reach out to you and ask you some questions, would it be alright if we reached out to you via email on your contact page?

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  6. Wow glad I found your blog , inspiring in so many ways but just to let you know ( the same happened to me) that I had to find you through google your avatar doesn’t have a link to your blog..but so glad I found it 🙂

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  7. I would do this in one second! ….If I had a Wifi hotspot. It’s not Facebook or dumb internet sites I’m trying to update, but my blog and my job are online. So Wifi hotspot guaranteed, I would choose this lifestyle in a heartbeat! Cheers to you!

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  8. Thanks for visiting my blog and I’m so glad to find yours. What you said here is really profound: “you don’t have to waste your money on walls that you will never own.” I haven’t really thought about what how it would be like to be rent-free by choice. Kudos to this radical solution.

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