Many young and old people are unsubscribing from the so-called American dream of a big home with a big lawn and a big car -- and no wonder. The economic realities of recession and the environmental impact of such a wasteful lifestyle are becoming clear to many, not to mention the fact that it ties one down to a life-long mortgage, artificially inflated property taxes due to minimum house size requirements and a life of "stuff"-acquisition that spiritually impoverishes individuals and communities.
Some have joined the slowly growing Tiny House movement; others have turned to "full-time RVing," living in motorhomes, trailers or modified vehicles, vandwelling and travelling around. With communications technology improving all the time, it's now also possible to telecommute and earn income on the road to support the nomadic lifestyle too (American "Technomads" Chris Dunphy & Cherie Ve Ard are one example of this).
But many of you may be wondering what full-time RVing is like, and what kind of people undertake this drastic kind of shift in lifestyle. American graphic designer, photographer and videographer Michael Tubbs brings us a few insights in Without Bound, a YouTube film that follows the stories of several people who made the plunge into a full-time nomadic lifestyle, following their dreams for more financial and personal freedom, less "stuff" and more connection with others and the greater world. Check it out below:
What is interesting is how some of these full-timers were prompted by many different reasons to take the jump: either major life events or economic necessity, or merely because the idea of maintaining a large home seemed to make no sense. Underlying all of the stories is a common current to think and feel outside of the socially accepted box, to be free and to explore what is out there.
Some may wonder where full-time RVers can park their homes; according to one of the interviewees, there are campgrounds, certain parking lots, and a lot of public land where it's either legal or at least overlooked enough to allow vehicles to park. (There is also boondocking; check out this link for more info).
Of course, there is a legitimate question of whether full-time RVing is sustainable or not, given that a lot of fossil fuels may be used, camp fees, etc. Wand'rly Magazine gives a great breakdown of the costs for a single traveller, a retiree couple, and a family of five in this read-worthy post on whether full-time RVing is eco-friendly or not.
In any case, there are tons of resources out there to research, weigh and ponder if this is the kind of alternative lifestyle that fits. Ultimately, this film offers an interesting perspective into yet another alternative way of living that seems lighter, more flexible and potentially more satisfying -- even if society's laws and norms haven't caught up yet. See more over at Without Bound: Perspectives on Mobile Living and Michael Tubb's website and YouTube channel.