What brought you to DitchingSuburbia.com?
If you have subscribed to our mailing list, you should have gotten an email from me thanking you for subscribing and then asking you this question.
And yes - I send each of those emails personally (with just a bit of automation to drop in the body of the email). Some websites do surveys to collect information from site visitors. I prefer a more casual and personal approach.
The Response Rate
About 25% of you respond to that email question. Sometimes I get a short sentence, other times I get paragraphs.
In either case I’m honored that you are willing to give me a peek into your life and the desires that brought you - somehow - to find our little corner on the web.
This past week I went through and reviewed all of the personal stories you have sent. I put them all in a place where I can refer to them while writing the Ditching Suburbia book.
And I had a vision.
Of you guys.
All in one place.
Talking, eating, laughing, dreaming.
Encouraging each other.
Teaching each other.
Praying for each other.
And maybe - just maybe - deciding to team up and tackle the process of ditching the suburbs together.
Who Are You?
I can’t just send all of you each others email addresses (oy, wouldn’t you love me for that!).
And I can’t quite bring off that physical gathering of suburbia-ditchers. Not yet anyway.
But I want to at least describe who you are to each other.
I want you to understand that - no matter what your friends say, no matter what your parents think, no matter what your co-workers think - you aren’t alone in questioning the American Dream.
You aren’t crazy to want a closer family. You aren’t certifiable for wanting more adventure. You aren’t the only one tired of working to afford a house that you are rarely in. You aren’t the only one feeling disconnected from your kids.
Meet some others:
- A family with two boys ages 12 and 7 dreaming of a cross-country RV trip as a family and researching ways to make that a reality. The biggest puzzle is making an income while on the road.
- A homeschool family of seven living in the Florida Keys and researching the idea of moving into an RV fulltime.
- A Canadian family living nearly debt-free in an 800 square foot house initially researching options for a month-long trip, but now curious about longer-term family travel.
- A family recovering from moving often over 14 years, learning to minimize and downsize, trying to build some stability by staying in one place, but also dreaming about travel.
- A family with almost-tween triplets planning to launch on the road next year, travel a while, then settle somewhere more rural and close to family when done.
- A family of six from Arizona, feeling that their lives are too focused on technology, materialism and wanting to find a more peaceful life. They expect to find that by focusing on things that others don’t find important.
- A family of four who already vacation in an RV. One parent is trying to convince the other to sell the house and go fulltime. They can see downsizing and living in a small space. Their biggest puzzle is that both of their kids love being involved in team sports and can’t figure out how to do that while traveling.
- Parents who describe themselves as “older” wanting to squeeze as much family time in as possible. They are researching options for fulltime travel to find that time together.
- A grandmother of a daugher/granddaughter thinking about becoming a fulltime RVers. Grandma is helping with the research and considering a “little camper of her own” to pull up next to the family.
- Parents and two daughters looking to launch from Alaska in an RV. The parents are both nurses so plan to do travel nursing. They want to explore the USA looking for places to put down some deeper yet still temporary roots and live in a portable (non-RV) home.
- A couple wanting to fulltime RV, but her mom lives with them so it took a while to find just the right floorplan. They hope to sell the house and be mobile by the end of this month.
- A Navy family who wants their kids to value nature, simplicity and a non-consumer-based life. They are purchasing an RV and will be mostly stationary but planning their version of the Great American Roadtrip.
- A travel nurse tired of working only to afford their house and a rare family vacation. She’s pondering if her husband could quit his job and they could travel fulltime on her salary. A recent switch to homeschooling their two boys is helping enable the new thinking.
- A single mom with teens, concerned about how much time they spend on social media. She’s dreaming of an RV lifestyle but is worried that she’ll be able to successfully homeschool them, if their chance at college would be impacted, and whether they’ll have friends on the road.
- A career firefighter and father of three. He’s tired of living and working just to keep the house and other posessions. He’s also seeing how having teens in a public school is pulling the family apart. He could take an early retirement and hit the road in an RV, but his high schoolers might not enjoy the change. The move to an RV might have to wait until a full retirement.
Pretty cool people, if you ask me.
So Tell Me
If you haven’t gotten my question via email….what brought you to Ditching Suburbia? Tell us in the comments below or in the Facebook Group we’ve created for the purpose.