We Quit Our Jobs, Built A Tiny House On Wheels And Hit The Road

Jenna Guillaume and Salies

This inspiring story was submitted by Jenna Spesard

Two years ago, Guillaume came across the tiny house movement online while searching for alternative lifestyles and dwellings. We had been discussing doing something radical, such as starting a project that would allow us to live on the road. When we saw photos of tiny homes online, we were inspired to finally take the leap. We were completely smitten! It wasn’t long before we had purchased a trailer, plans and began our build.

Construction on the tiny house was a learning experience. Originally we thought it would only take us three months to build our tiny dream home. One year later, we finally finished! We saved enough money to travel for one year, but were lucky enough to obtain jobs that allowed us to work on the road. And so the trip began in September 2014.
Today we’ve traveled over 12,000 miles with our tiny house in tow. We visited cities, mountains, beaches, farms, swamps and deserts. Presently, we’re in Las Vegas and we are about to start making our way north to spend the summer in Alaska. The tiny house inspired us to follow our nomadic dream, and because we customized our home to fit a mobile lifestyle, traveling is a breeze!

Two years ago we were burdened by high rent, a multitude of belongings, college debt and careers

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I was beginning to believe I’d never be able to pursue my passion for writing… but then we came across tiny houses!

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We came up with a game plan: 1) Build a tiny home, 2) Travel around North America for one year, and 3) Create a travel journalism portfolio

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We began our tiny house build with zero construction experience and a “we’ll learn as we go” attitude

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What we didn’t realize was that we weren’t just building a home, we were also challenging ourselves to rethink the idea of “home” altogether

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After dozens of mistakes, life lessons and a brutal downsize, we hit the road with our one-of-a-kind tiny house on wheels!

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