Our Life As Modern-Day Nomads

Welcome to the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have opened up their doors and given us a photo-rich glimpse into how they arrange their living spaces.

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My family of five lives in 194 square feet of space. Well, not really. Yes, our kitchen, bedrooms, tv room, computer room, and bathroom all fit into the 194 sqft of space in our 24′ Amerilite Travel Trailer but really our lives are lived with the whole of North America as our back yard.

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My three little nomads.

We are full-time RVers or, as I like to call us, modern nomads. Three years ago when living and traveling in an RV was our retirement dream, I could never have imagined raising kids in such a small space.  We owned so much stuff in our 2,000 sqft house and never seemed to have room to organize anything. We spent the bulk of our weekends maintaining our things like our lawn, home, and toys. Vacation were rare and hurried. Who could afford more?

Now we live everyday like it is a vacation. Yes, we work. My husband has a “regular” job and I visit local coffee shops to write. But, mostly, I’m enchanted with waking with the sun, cooking on a fire, hiking in the woods, meeting animals everyday, and enjoying nature. Our kids are in heaven with each day being a new adventure and learning opportunity (they scarcely know they are being “unschooled”).

Please enjoy this tour of my tiny home. If you’d like more information about why we are living in an RV, read our list of 7 reasons. You can also meet other families living on the road through Fulltime Families and find out how to do it in an Earth- and People-honoring way at CheapRVLiving.

Don’t worry, if RVing isn’t for you there are still many ways you can relieve the burden of our consumer culture and live simply. Check out Becoming Minimalists, The Minimalists, Loving Simple Living, and Living Small.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau

If you’d like to see more of my art check out my Etsy shop here.

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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

(This list will be updated by afternoon September 9 with all the carnival links.)

  • Being Barlow Home Tour — Follow along as Jessica at Being Barlow gives you the tour of her family’s home.
  • A Tour Of My Hybrid Rasta Kitchen — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama takes you on a tour of her kitchen complete with a Kombucha Corner, a large turtle, her tea stash, and of course, all her must-have kitchen gadgets. Check out Hybrid Rasta Mama’s most favorite space!
  • Dreaming of a Sisters Room — Bianca, The Pierogie Mama, dreams, schemes and pins ideas for when her younger daughter is ready to move out of the family bed and share a room with her older sister.
  • Building a life — Constructing a dream — Survivor at Surviving Mexico-Adventures and Disasters shows you a glimpse inside the home her family built and talks about adaptions they made in constructing their lives in Mexico.
  • Why I’m Sleeping in the Dining Room — Becca at The Earthling’s Handbook welcomed a new baby but didn’t have a spare bedroom. She explains how her family rearranged the house to create Lydia’s nursing nest and changing room in spaces they already had.
  • The Gratitude Tour — Inspired by Momastry’s recent “home tour,” That Mama Gretchen is highlighting imperfect snapshots of things she’s thankful for around her home. Don’t plan to pin anything!
  • Our Home in the Forest — Tara from Up the Dempster gives you a peek into life lived off-grid in Canada’s Yukon Territory.
  • natural bedding for kids — Emma at Your Fonder Heart shows you how her family of 3 (soon to be 4) manages to keep their two cotton & wool beds clean and dry (plus a little on the end of cosleeping — for now).
  • I love our home — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings explains how lucky she feels to have the home she does, and why she strives so hard to keep it tidy.
  • Not-So-Extreme Makeover: Sunshine and Rainbows Edition — Dionna at Code Name: Mama was tired of her dark, outdated house, so she brightened it up and added some color.
  • Our little outdoor space — Tat at Mum in search invites you to visit her balcony, where her children make friends with wildlife.
  • Our Funky, Bright, Eclectic, Montessori Home — Rachel at Bread and Roses shows you her family’s newly renovated home and how it’s set up with Montessori principles in mind for her 15-month-old to have independence.
  • Beach cottage in progress — Ever tried to turn a 1980s condo into a 1920s beach bungalow? Lauren at Hobo Mama is giving it a try!
  • Conjuring home: intention in renovation — Jessica at Crunchy-Chewy Mama explains why she and her husband took on a huge renovation with two little kids and shares the downsides and the ups, too.
  • Learning At Home — Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling helps us to re-imagine the ordinary spaces of our homes to ignite natural learning.
  • My Dining Room Table — Kellie at Our Mindful Life loves her dining room table — and everything surrounding it!
  • Sight words and life lessons — The room that seemed to fit the least in Laura from Pug in the Kitchen‘s life is now host to her family’s homeschool adventures and a room they couldn’t imagine life without!
  • A Tour of Our Church — Garry at Postilius invites you virtually visit him in the 19th-century, one-room church where he lives with his spouse and two kids.
  • Preparing a Montessori Baby-Toddler Space at Home — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares the Montessori baby-toddler space she’s created in the main living area of her home along with a variety of resources for creating a Montessori-friendly home.
  • The Old Bailey House — Come peek through the window of The Old Bailey House where Erica at ChildOrganics resides with her little ones.
  • My New House Not-Monday: The Stairs — Claire at The Adventures of Lactating Girl shows you her new laminate stairs in her not-so-new-anymore house.
  • To Minimalist and Back Again — Jorje of Momma Jorje shares how she went to the extreme as a minimalist and bounced right back. Read how she finds it difficult to maintain the minimalist lifestyle when upsizing living space.
  • Our Life As Modern-Day Nomads — This family of five lives in 194 square feet of space — with the whole of North America as a back yard. Paige of Our Road Less Traveled guest posts at Natural Parents Network.

Photo Credits

Paige Lucas-Stannard

About The Author: Paige Lucas-Stannard

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Paige is a parenting educator and writer and the founder of ParentingGently.com, which offers resources to help progressive parents find their authentic voices and implement respectful, values-based (and fun!) parenting in their homes. Her new book, Gender Neutral Parenting: Raising kids with the freedom to be themselves, explores raising kids without gender stereotypes.

7 Responses to Our Life As Modern-Day Nomads

  1. Survivor  

    We also went to the woods to live deliberately, or in our case to the desert, and we haven’t looked back. Congratulations on your lifestyle choice! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lauren Wayne  

    That was fabulous! I love seeing how RVers live. It’s a dream of ours for the future. Or maybe living aboard a boat. 🙂 The links for living small & simply will definitely come in handy for us right now, too — thanks for sharing!

  3. Dionna  

    Your mention of how much time we devote to home/yard upkeep, stuff upkeep, etc., is so spot-on. Sometimes it seems like that is all a part-time job. I can totally get the allure of leaving it all!

  4. Deb @ Living Montessori Now  

    You have an amazing lifestyle! I love that you and your family are having such an adventure … what a way to create awesome memories! 🙂

  5. Tiffany @ ModernDayNomads.com  

    Great post, Paige! Love to hear about more families living the nomadic life. For any interested parties, we feature work-to-travel jobs for the modern nomad on our site + social media pages. Happy travels, everyone!

  6. Diana

    Dear Paige, I loved reading your blog :-)) I am gonna read much more! We are a Dutch nomadic couple who have been living on the road since 2011 in our 1972 Volkswagen van, primarily in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and bits of the US. In November we are expecting our first child, who, if all goes well, will be born in Mexico. I am very curious as to how old your girls were when you started traveling as well as to the minimalistic side of your travels: what to pack with a newborn when you live nomadic (we have to be able to carry it all ourselves, so not your typical baby room for us ;-)), or young kids under 4? Looking forward to your reply! Love, Diana

  7. Diana

    Just a correction to my question, you just have one girl I see on the picture 🙂 Great family!

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