Does Ditching the Suburbs Really Lead to a Closer Family?

Simpler Living. Closer Family. Richer Education. Uncommon Adventures.

These are the 4 pillars that make up our Ditching Suburbia focus. We touched on our view of these in our Manifesto.

I thought it would be interesting to hear how other Ditchers and Becoming-Ditchers define them. I reached out to our Facebook Ditching Suburbia Group and asked for input.

We’ve already talked about the...

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Guilt Over Missing Out


Have you ever heard of FOMO?

It’s an interesting word. It started as an acronym - short for Fear Of Missing Out. A few years ago it transcended being a simple acronym and became a word.

Fear of missing out.

The Oxford Dictionary defines it as:

Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.Oxford...

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Yes, I know. We’ve been on goat and cattle farms for a couple of months. But I’m not talking about slaughtering a farm animal and offering it to a deity.

I’m talking about the other meaning of the word sacrifice:

“The destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else.”Mirriam Webster


Its a word we Americans don’t like to hear. We like to think...

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Ditching Suburbia Logo Shirt

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Organizing the Class B: Bathroom

Soap. Shampoo. Conditioner. Lotion. Toothbrush. Nail clippers. Q-Tips. Hair dryer. Allergy meds. Prescription meds. Ibuprofen. Bandaids. Mouthwash. Deoderant. Cottonballs. Nail polish remover. Bug spray. Sunscreen. Towels. Bathroom bags. Shower bag. First aid kit. Toilet paper.

How did we get to a point of needing all this stuff just to be human?

Anyway, we had lots of bathroom storage in...

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Adventure has different faces. For some, it’s riding a bike across an entire continent. For others, it’s rowing across the Atlantic.

And then there are families that ditch the suburbs to live on the road, cramming life into small boxes on wheels.

From our perspective as one of those families, putting “living in an RV” along side of people who climb mountains and run ultra-marathons feels a...

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How Do Traveling Families Handle Braces?


Braces are a topic that comes up on all of the traveling family-related facebook groups.

They are one of the most difficult issues to plan for, but traveling families are tenacious. They find a way.

Our Story

When we started our travels in the fall of 2010, our kids were 12 and 13. Both had braces. We returned to Michigan for an 8 week tune-up. During our Christmas break in...

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