Who are you?

We are a family of three from Oakland, California, USA: Darrell, Lily and our 13-yo son Xen. My daughter is currently backpacking the world on her own adventure.

What are you doing?

We gave up a traditional career and typical American way of life to live a life of freedom in an adventure RV. We are roadschooling / homeschooling our son while Lily and Darrell both work as digital nomads.

Why are you doing this?

After I (Darrell) was diagnosed with cancer (Stage 2b Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) in 2014, the idea of traveling in an adventure RV was born. Planning for the future is like saying “F*ck You” to cancer, and the thought of traveling the world gave Lily and I much bliss and hope. So when we discovered the Blissmobil, it felt like a dream come true. Not only was the RV capable of traversing over creeks and mountains, its interiors were also beautifully designed, and we could picture traveling in it, joking that if the apocalypse were to arrive, we would be safe from the zombies. At first, we dreamed of taking long vacations in this thing, but as I became cancer-free (now two years in remission!), we decided we needed a change from the mounting stresses of living in the Bay Area in an over-the-top expensive house and holding down traditional office jobs. Thus we decided to take the huge leap to try something completely new: Live, work, travel, and roadschool in an adventure RV.

Did you really quit your job and abandon a successful career?

Darrell’s biggest fear is dying at his desk in an office cubicle. He’s been working in an office building, for someone else, long enough. He’s paid his dues and is now ready for a big change. Lily used to substitute teach and worked as an English teacher at a community college, but her job now as a Social Media Manager and writer allows her to seamlessly live the lifestyle of a digital nomad. She’ll continue doing this but with even more focus on writing and finishing her first novel!

What will you do for money?

We both work part-time as digital nomads. Lily writing and as a Social Media Manager and Darrell in DevOps (tech infrastructure).

Where are you going?

We are beginning our journey in the Southwestern and Western U.S.

Is it safe?

Our experience so far traveling the U.S and parts of the world have been super positive. We follow common sense precautions and heightened awareness but find the overwhelming majority of people in the world are like us: friendly, curious, proud of their homes and just trying to get through the day.

What about your son’s education?

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain

We roadschool / homeschool our son. Darrell focuses on Science, Maths and Tech. Lily on Writing, Language Arts and Social Studies. The world provides everything else.

What kind of RV is this?

We wanted a more rugged RV than the standard model we see in our neighbor’s driveway. So we settled on a really comfortable camper box mounted to a surplus U.S. Army truck. Since we’re living in this thing we decided we needed to take more stuff and added a modified surplus U.S. Army trailer.

The main goal is to be able to go off-grid, over rough roads, without the thing rattling apart. This vehicle is designed to survive punishing terrain.

How much does it cost?

The LMTV and trailer are military surplus and surprisingly affordable (see the resources page). The BlissMobil box is the most expensive component but that’s where we’ll be living.

This is the way we look at it: We are selling off almost all of our belongings and living in this RV. We want something comfortable. It’s cheaper than, or about the same as, the cost of a small home way outside of the hyper-expensive Bay Area. You can PM Darrell if you are really curious.

How long will you do this?

For as long as we can stand it. One year. Two. Forever? Until we decide, as a family, to do something different.

After you get that out of your system, then will you return to your senses?

If you mean the Traditional Way of Life – office job, focus on “career”, two cars and house or condo I can’t really afford – then no. Been there, done that. Have you seen The Matrix? 🙂

Will you live in an RV forever?

Not likely. We’re not setting any expectations for the future other than to not return to what we were doing.

What are you running away from?

We saved our favorite question for last!

We’re running toward an exciting, adventurous life, full of experiences–good, bad, frustrating, exhilarating and satisfying. Life is short. Live it however you want, but live it!


If you have any questions not answered here please leave it in the comments!