Hello! Thanks for stopping by The Wayward Home.

I’m Kristin Hanes, a journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area who currently lives on a sailboat. 

I’m fascinated with all the ways people are downsizing and living smaller, may it be on a boat, in a van, in a car, in a tiny home or as digital nomads with nothing but a suitcase.

I’m also inspired by debt pay-off stories, like one couple who moved into a camper to pay off $50,000 in student loan debt, and hope these types of stories give others ideas on how to get financially ahead.

My debt pay-off story and journey to living smaller first started in 2015, when I moved out of my nice Mill Valley apartment and lived in a car and in a tent for four months with my boyfriend. My debt vanished and I built up my first emergency fund.

I’ve been living on a sailboat now since I was laid-off from my job as a news reporter at KGO Radio back in March of 2016. There have been ups and downs to living on a boat undergoing a complete restoration, but I am excited for the freedom it will offer once it’s fixed up and ocean-ready.

It seems like with all the debt in this country, and with the current rising cost of housing, many people are facing tough decisions about what to cut out and what they can live without, and find themselves truly enjoying living a simpler life.

I hope you enjoy the stories on The Wayward Home! If you like, please subscribe to get stories about people living the simple life, plus tips and tricks on how to make and save money:

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