Welcome to The Wayward Home! I’m so glad you decided to stop by.
The Wayward Home is all about living a simpler and more minimalistic life, whether you’re interested in van life, RVing, living on a sailboat or moving into a tiny home.
While some people choose to live a smaller life due to unaffordability issues, others downsize on purpose. They want more time with their families, more time in nature, more time doing the things they love.
I truly believe there’s a big movement out there of people sick of living the status quo. There’s so much more to life than working 40 hours per week, paying on a mortgage, making car payments, and looking forward to two weeks of vacation per year.
My mission is to help you explore downsizing options and to connect you with like-minded people who are forging a new version of the American Dream.
I can’t wait to meet you!
A little about me
My name is Kristin Hanes and I’m a journalist turned full-time freelance writer and blogger. Several years ago, I was laid off from my dream job as a radio news reporter at KGO in San Francisco.
Suddenly, I was out of work, living in one of the most expensive cities in the United States. So, to avoid going into debt paying $1,400 per month for a room, I instead moved into my boyfriend Tom’s 41-foot sailboat.
For the past 2.5 years, I’ve worked hard to create a sustainable, remote income so I can soon travel the world by sailboat and in my Chevy Astro van.
Looking back, getting laid off was one of the best things that happened to me. Now, I have more flexibility and freedom than I ever thought possible.
My most popular posts
Sifting through an entire website full of posts is overwhelming – I get it! Here, I’ll list my most popular posts by category, so you can quickly find what you need.
- How to do an awesome camper van conversion
- Is it illegal to sleep in your car?
- How to build out a gorgeous Sprinter van on the cheap
- 11 awesome storage ideas for your RV kitchen
- 6 ways to find remote work while full-time RVing
- How to find workamping jobs
- Family gives up house, jobs to go bluewater sailing with their kids
- How to make money while sailing around the world
- The 5 worst things about living on a sailboat
- How going tiny changed one family’s life for good
- How much does a tiny house cost?
- How to build a tiny house and figure out where to park it
- The best 12-volt refrigerators
- The best composting toilets
- The best roof vents for campervan and RVs
- 30+ ways to make money from a campervan or RV
- 6 legit jobs you can do from anywhere
- 7 incredibly easy ways to make money from anywhere
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Are you interested in learning about remote work?
So many people I talk to are worried about money. They have no idea how to find remote work and fund their journey in a campervan, RV or sailboat. You can find many posts with money making ideas right here on my website, but if you would rather read an ebook, check out my $10 book, Getting Started with Remote Work.
In this book, you’ll:
- Know why more companies are hiring remote workers
- Discover how to best position yourself to start working remotely
- Understand how to gain experience for your resume
- Know why soft skills are so important
- Conquer aceing a phone interview and sprucing up your resume
- Know how to convince your boss to let you work remotely
- Be inspired to take the leap to remote work and make your dreams come true
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In 2015, when I lived in a car and a tent to pay off my debt and save up money, I often felt very alone. Who could I tell about my alternative living situation? Who would understand? Would people think I was weird?
I was often afraid to tell anyone that I’d moved out of my apartment and was living with Tom in a Prius. Back in those days, I didn’t know about van life or Facebook communities where I could find camaraderie and support.
One huge reason I started The Wayward Home was to have a safe place on the internet for all of us alternative living people to hang out, get to know each other, and provide advice and inspiration.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime – I love hearing from you.
Good luck on your tiny living journey!