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.
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!!