The tiny house movement is slowly taking over mainstream millennial living. What used to be our parent’s vacation getaway is now an option for a permanent dwelling… mortgage free! Nowadays, with so many wheeled-houses to choose from, it’s easy to find the right one for you: tiny houses, fifth wheels, teardrops, Airstreams, RVs, pop-ups, take your pick.
We picked up a 31ft 1976 Aistream Sovereign Land Yacht for $13,000 CAD (cheaper than a year of rent in Toronto). Airstreams are the Cadillac of trailer living; brand new, these aluminum apartments go for up to $160k! Our frugal budget is $40k, which leaves us $27k to upgrade 1976 to 2016. As the gutting begins, the problems pop up like kernels on the stove. What did we get ourselves into? We aren’t renovators, trades-people, and we don’t know squat about trailers. Despite all the questions we have, we aren’t questioning our new lifestyle choice.
The first step was packing up all our stuff!
Our Airstream (she is currently nameless) needs to be retrofitted to our lifestyle: a mobile office, charming home and functional studio space for filming YouTube videos. As travel videographers, we spend half our time on planes, in hotels and going on wild adventures (I’m currently writing this on a flight to Thailand). Kristen and I have explored the world on foot, camel back, motorcycles, flippers and hot air balloons. Now we want to explore Canada and US with a windshield and a snail shell. How often did we wish we had new neighbours or a different yard? Now, those changes are literally a turn-key away.
“Live wel” might have to go.
This new lifestyle is a long-term plan. We want this “sardine can” to be our dream home. It will be a space to grow our businesses, a vessel to travel with friends and a home to start a family. Surprisingly, tons of people are raising and home schooling one, two, three and even four kids in the same size trailer as ours. Kids are natural born explorers, making up daring tales of escapades and mystery. Remember when your parents’ living room carpet turned into lava? Now put your childhood imagination in the Red Woods forest of California or watching the Northern Lights in Yukon. Road trips have all the ingredients to cook up creativity.
Wow! Big changes happening!
Hard at work on our new home!
This exciting new lifestyle change doesn’t come without worry. Even now the thought of crashing at families and friends houses until our airstream is renovated is a little daunting. I haven’t actually realized that we are “homeless” until this moment. Woah! Yes, it’s a radical change from our cozy apartment on a subway line in Toronto. Yes, I have concerns about unknown issues that will arise on the road. Yet, I have never felt more free in my life.
Siya Zarrabi began his travel lifestyle at the age of 16, embarking on a four month solo trip to Paraguay. Since then, he has filled passports with stamps of foreign borders.