Meet author, stay-at-home mother to 5 youngsters ages 11 and below, homeschooler, and self-described “peace loving hippie” Melissa, in any other case often known as the Hippie Sweetheart.
Alongside together with her husband and children, she’s been dwelling on the highway in since 2016, in a 208-square-foot Jayco Jayflight Bunkhouse Mannequin RV.
How do they make this work? “My husband is a touring nurse,” Melissa defined to BabyCenter. “He takes a new project each three months on the location of his selection.”
Their largest problem dwelling on the highway with their brood is the place to take the following project. “In contrast to a common trip, we’re selecting the place to reside for the following few months, so we’ve got to take the climate and the realm into consideration. We have to guarantee there’s a family-friendly campground considerably near his job.”
As for the largest reward, Melissa says it’s that her youngsters’s life-style is all about “seeing a lot of our lovely nation and having so many new experiences.”
“[The kids] actually like shifting to completely different campgrounds; generally a number of instances over the three-month project,” Melissa informed us, including they get pleasure from making new buddies and taking part in in new yards and playgrounds. “The most important rewards for me personally are being so shut with my family, and attending to go on so many new adventures with them. It makes me so completely satisfied to see my children completely satisfied and having fun with our travels.”
Having written about a few different households who reside a comparable life-style, I requested Melissa why she thinks life on the highway and tiny home dwelling is such a rising development.
“Individuals are realizing how doable it’s to journey and reside minimally in an RV,” Melissa mentioned. “Touring jobs and on-line jobs are quite common now, which allows individuals to journey whereas holding a job. Additionally, it may be a very cheap method to reside.”
That could be, however I had to know how this mother makes such a small house work, particularly contemplating she has 5 children!
“Some of the distinctive methods we save house and manage are the cabinets we use to retailer the youngsters’ clothes,” Melissa defined.
She makes use of ottomans and benches across the kitchen desk for storage.
Melissa additionally employs a flip-down wall desk to do her work.
“My largest problem with dwelling in such a small house is the muddle,” she confesses. “The children make a lot art work and crafts that I don’t have anyplace to place. Additionally, if we’ve got birthday presents, I don’t have a great place for them earlier than they’re unwrapped.”
However small quarters means there’s extra cuddle-time and family togetherness, which seems, nicely, beautiful.
Not placing down roots in one spot makes your entire nation this family’s yard, they usually have the experiences to show it!
I requested Melissa about some of her fave locations the family has traveled in the previous year-and-a-half. “[In] New Braunfels, Texas… we went tubing on the Guadelupe River, and South Dakota [is] the place we obtained to embrace the historical past and expertise of the realm, together with The Needles, The Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and Loopy Horse.”
I’ve to confess that Melissa’s family’s life-style may be very interesting to me. I’d love for my children to expertise extra of this nation, and to have extra time collectively. Between commutes to work, and loopy exercise schedules, it typically makes me unhappy simply how little family time we truly get in a given week. Not solely that, however generally dwelling in one city appears boring.
Who is aware of? Perhaps at some point we might be courageous sufficient to tackle an journey like this wonderful family!
In the meantime, Melissa says they plan to reside on the highway for 4 years. “We’re open to the concept of stopping sooner or touring longer,” she provides. “We have now a little over two years to go to hit our four-year plan. Once we do determine to cease touring, we plan to purchase a homestead.”
Comply with Melissa and her family at Hippie Sweetheart.