I first moved into a Hyundai Tiburon that I built out back in 2016 and drove from New Hampshire to Joshua Tree to start my first road trip out west. It was my first time doing something that big on my own, which was scary, but it gave me time to think and reflect for the first time in years. I learned a lot about myself but mostly that I was capable of doing things on my own. Without any direction or path to follow, I bounced around from climbing area to climbing area, made new friends (who I still see today), and made so many special memories. This was when I realized that independence doesn’t mean loneliness but strength from within that’s been hiding for too many years.
I eventually upgraded to a Honda Element which I also built out and moved into immediately. After getting back from a three-month Southeast Asia trip, instead of resetting life and possibly starting grad school, I hit the road for what was only supposed to be two weeks but turned into three years. Fast forward to life now, I’m still on the road full-time, but I’ve upgraded once again to a Dodge Promaster and added my now fiance, who shares the small space with me. Even though we give up many comforts of home living like showers, warm water, and a bed big enough to comfortably fit two, we wouldn’t trade this life for any of it.