Our mission is to help you live a fulfilling, adventurous life
Do you dream of ditching your 9-5 job and living a life on your own terms? Are you interested in downsizing your life and living in a campervan, RV, sailboat or tiny home?
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Taking the leap into living tiny and against the norm can be tough. You may be afraid of getting rid of stuff and facing judgment from friends or family members. Maybe you have no idea where to start, or which form of tiny living is right for you.
But here, at The Wayward Home, you’re one of us. On this website, you’ll be able to explore many types of alternative living, from campervans, to RVs, to sailboats to tiny homes.
You’ll be able to learn all you can and gain inspiration from others pursuing a different type of American dream.
Does this sound like a lifestyle you’d like to have?
Head over to my Start Here page to learn more about all the forms of alternative living.
Also, sign up to our email list to get fun, inspirational and informative emails. I typically send one to two emails per week that will help you make the leap into a new, adventurous life.
Who are Kristin and Tom?
In 2015, I did one of the scariest things of my life. I moved out of my comfortable apartment just north of San Francisco and into the back of a guy’s Toyota Prius. I’d known Tom, who is now my boyfriend, for six months at the time, and we both wanted to save money and pay off debt.
It was my first foray into living alternatively, and at the time, I didn’t know where to go for community.
I often felt ashamed and scared, not wanting to tell people I lived in a car and camped in the mountains.
All this time, I worked at KGO Radio in San Francisco, and there was no way I wanted my bosses to know about my unusual lifestyle choices. I barely told my coworkers.
Moving into a Toyota Prius was the scariest thing I’d ever done.
But I also had fun! I learned to live with less, enjoy more time in nature, become very close to Tom.
Those four months living in a car changed my life, and I saw the world in a different light.
Over the years, my perspective on living alternatively has changed. Instead of feeling ashamed, I now embrace my minimalistic lifestyle. After I lost my job at KGO radio in 2016, I moved onto Tom’s sailboat, and later bought a Chevy Astro van.
Van life and sailboat living are the two best tiny homes a person can ask for, and someday, I’d love to have a real tiny house.
In fact, I’m so passionate about helping people find their own version of the American Dream that I’ve been published in major magazines. Check out my articles:
- Good Housekeeping, This single mom sold everything to give her son an epic education on the road
- Marie Claire, I became homeless on purpose
- Folk Rebellion, The nomadic families of the United States
- Far & Wide, How to plan a gap year traveling with your kids
- Realtor.com, How to live in a tiny house without breaking the law
- Business Insider: I moved out of my San Francisco apartment to live on a boat
The best thing about living an alternative lifestyle is that I work where and when I want. I’m fully responsible for my own time. Also, I can travel as much as I want without counting on two measly weeks of vacation every year.
Neither of us can imagine going back to a house.
Over the years, I’ve learned to live smaller, life with less, and enjoy freedom and flexibility.
I hope with The Wayward Home, I can help you do the same.
What you can expect from The Wayward Home
If you’re thinking of living alternatively, or if you already do, The Wayward Home will be a place to connect and be inspired.
If you sign up for our email list, you’ll join thousands of other people who think the way you do.
- You’ll get tips on how to work remotely and find those jobs
- You’ll learn about others who are living alternatively and how they made the leap
- You’ll learn all you want to know about van life, RVing, sailboat living and tiny homes
- You’ll find connection with your fellow freedom junkies and full-time travelers
- Join my FREE Facebook group here
- Follow us you YouTube here
How I make money while traveling full-time
A lot of the concerns I hear from nomadic people is the worry about money.
How will I work? How do I find remote income? What sorts of jobs are out there?
I’ve been through this, too. In 2016, I was laid off from my fulltime job at the radio station, my dream career, and had to completely reassess my life. I moved into Tom’s new sailboat because I could no longer afford rent.
I applied to full-time jobs, wrote part of a book, and just couldn’t find my way.
Then, I found blogging and freelance writing, with my true passion being running The Wayward Home. About 90% of my income is from this blog, and I’m so incredibly thankful.
Do you also want to learn about blogging as a remote income?
You can also get a bunch of ideas here: 30+ ways to make money from anywhere
Do you need help figuring out how to work remotely?
Using my skills as a journalist and writer, I put together an ebook called Getting Started with Remote Work: A Simple Guide to Living Your Dream.
The book is only $10, and gives you all types of info about how to get started looking for your dream remote work job.
The Wayward Home in the news
Living smaller and with less is becoming more of a trend, with the RV association announcing 1 million people now live in RVs.
I think there’s a certain fascination with living tiny, and so myself and The Wayward Home have been featured on several news outlets. Some of these were written about me, and some I wrote, wanting to expose people to an alternative lifestyle.
- This woman lives on a boat to avoid San Francisco rent
- I lived in a car, a tent and a sailboat to pay off debt
- I became homeless on purpose
If you’d like to learn about how create a profitable blog and work from your campervan, RV or sailboat, enter your information below for access to my free email course on how to start a blog!
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