Our names are Anthony, Julie and Alfred.
Before reading on, after 393 days in an Airstream, we reached the end of the road in October, 2015. We caved and bought a house in Iowa, near where we started. For now we continue to enjoy our Airstream recreationally.
We were married in 2013 on St. Thomas and in the Fall of that year moved out of our comfortable suburban home in Waukee, Iowa to a 28′ Airstream International.
Aside from our nomadic living arrangement, to which this blog is dedicated, we think we’re a fairly normal demographic. Anthony is originally from Manchester, England, attended university in Canada and works for a very large publicly-traded tech. firm. Julie grew up in a small town in Iowa and now manages everything else. Before this adventure she worked at a very large bank. We’re both geeks in our early thirties.
Alfred is a German Shepherd we adopted on September 10th, 2012, from the Nebraska No Kill shelter near Lincoln. His shelter name was Kane, but Alfred The-Reasonably-Great is better. Why “Reasonably Great?” While it is speculated that German Shepherds are as smart as a toddler (we believe this), German Shepherds are only the third smartest of all the dogs. His ears are five inches long.
What on earth are we doing?
In the Spring of 2010 we decided to make a change. At that time we maintained a huge house, toys, truck, cars, jet-ski and the chain of cost/time dependances around it all. But it was all consuming. Just maintaining the entire thing was like running a small business. We didn’t have the time or energy to give anything back and we weren’t healthy.
So we embarked on a meandering three year transformation focused on simplicity, freedom and health. We downsized from over 3,000 sq. ft. to a 1,100 sq. ft. loft, then a 700 sq. ft. loft and now to a 216 sq. ft. Airstream. We took the painful losses getting rid of expensive garbage and put that all behind us. Today every day is an – often unintended – adventure. There’s more we could say about all this and perhaps we’ll explore it in our blog. Our links list captures the things we find interesting.
How do we do this and work at the same time?
Most people we know doing this are either retired or have completely location-independant jobs. Web development seems to be very common. Anthony’s work is extremely demanding and requires frequent travel around the country, but focused primarily on 9 states. When we talk to people at work about this we are usually met with some surprise but also great interest and we suspect a little envy.
We started this blog primarily as a personal journal, so it’s a little quirky. We’re obviously focused on the theme of Airstreaming but we will digress. Today our blog has become an aggregation point for our photographs, twitter feeds, location updates and of course our blog posts.
We hope our writing is helpful and would love to connect with other Airstreamers and Airdreamers so please reach out. We like Twitter but you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 2014-03-23.