One work week blends into the next and it feels like you never get a break. You have to justify any time off to your boss. The yard needs attention. You've long ago abandoned hobbies that were meant to bring meaning into your life. There's homeschooling to plan. You entered parenthood 11 years ago but you feel like you still haven't had the needed time to really bond like you always felt you should - and now you are a family of nine. Is this the "good life"?
This has been us
Working for "the man". Homeschooling our kids. Spare time trying to actually grow something in the garden. Longing to get out and do something fun but there's too much to do around the house. The place needs to be cleaned, the kids need to be fed, there are dad-jobs that have been being put off till there's time.
We watch old videos of when our oldest was a toddler and realize that we used to have a lot more fun. The stresses of the house, the job, and all the "have to's" begin weighing us down. Our children are getting older and we still haven't had the time to play with them like we'd like. The housing market is great and our house is worth a lot more than what we owe on it ... is opportunity knocking? Is this the moment we've been waiting for to have a family adventure?
In January of 2019, we followed in the footsteps of the former owners of this site and moved into a 5th Wheel RV to travel the country. The Boyink's created a great site about leaving the suburbs that inspired us and now that they have stopped traveling, we will document our journey here.
We sold the house so we aren't going back any time soon. We hope to visit National Parks, State Parks, quirky roadside attractions, farms, mountains, and coasts. There are new foods to try, cities to explore, campgrounds to stay in and people to meet.
As those before us found, we hope to find a new way of life that:
- Frees up our time, our resources, and our hearts.
- Allows us to focus on our faith and build new friendships.
- Lets us choose how, where, and by whom we live.
We own our days. Not the house, the school, or the HOA.
There Are Others
We found a tribe of families with similar post-suburban lives. Similar in goals, but different in appearance. We've only been gone a short time but have attended an event with 350 RV singles, couples and families. We have made great friends already and expect to make more all over the country.
I heard a figure that there are 6 million people in the US living nomadic post-suburban lives - and this doesn't count those living stationary. Post-suburban families live life outside of box. They live on boats. They build tiny houses. They ride bikes across continents. They move to big city apartments.
They do all of this while still working, raising great kids, finding community, and making a difference in the world.
We liked this tribe so much that we have no plans to return to suburbia.
Ditching Suburbia helps families find lives outside of the suburbs so they can enjoy simpler living, have a closer family, give their kids a richer education, and find uncommon adventures.
The Archive has specifics on how to live life on the road:
Does any of this resonate with you? If you are new to this site or have been coming here for a while you're someone we'd like to get to know better. Feel free to Contact Us so we can connect.
Can't wait to share our journey with you,Matt Best