How American Culture Is Designed to Turn Us Into Consumers

Have you sat back and thought how our culture is designed to create cradle-to-grave consumers?

Start ‘Em Young

We start young. Kindergarten. Forget play. Forget outdoor time. Forget about getting physical skills like balance, coordination and strength. Because ‘This really isn’t kindergarten anymore’ - it’s the first step in a life designed around performance, productivity and...

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Our Manifesto

We’re not an RVing site, although we talk about RVs.

We’re not a boating site, although we talk about boats.

We’re not a travel site, although we talk a lot about travel.

We’re not a parenting site, although we talk a lot about raising kids.

We’re not a homeschooling site, although we talk about homeschooling.

So just what is Ditching Suburbia all about anyway?

We’re not any of...

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Are Organized Activities for Kids Worth Staying Home For?

Piano lessons. Choir. Hockey. Scouts. Karate. Little League. Dance. Part of the suburban scene in America is organized activities for our kids. If parents decide to ditch the suburbs - do the kids suffer for the lack of these?

Busy! Busy! Busy!

On the one hand, the over-scheduled suburban life is almost always a motivator for families to ditch the suburbs.

By the time you subtract the...

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Ditching Suburbia Manifesto Shirt

Ditching Suburbia Manifesto Shirt Suburbia-ditchers have different values than most people - tell the world what they are:

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

Styles available: t-Shirts, tank tops, and hoodies.
Colors available: black, navy, gray.

Ruined for Suburbia

“You can’t go home again.”

Ever hear that?

It’s from the title of a Thomas Wolfe novel, published posthumously in 1940. It’s the story of a novelist who writes a book and portrays his home town poorly. The people still living there are unhappy with his work to the point of sending death threats.

He can’t go home again.

Behan Gifford and her family sailed out of the Pacific Northwest in...

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How Do You Plan Your Route?

Google maps open on the laptop. Atlas laid out on the kitchen table. National Park names swimming before your eyes.

The entire country is literally at your fingertips and your home on wheels is waiting in the driveway.

Now what?

How does your family plan their route? Obviously there are certain “don’t miss” things to see/places to go, but is there a good resource for finding those fun...

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