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In January, we bought this 27 year old RV. After several months of restoration, we're almost ready to take her on an epic journey.
59 backers pledged $12,650 to help bring this project to life.

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OUR MISSION:

The Wandering is an organization that strives to enrich the lives of those it brings together. Stepping out of your comfort zone, paying it forward, and sharing ideas is how we explore the human spirit.

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We want to start building an on and offline community that is based on these principles. We're calling it The Wandering. We'll use our web series - The Wandering Life - to begin spreading this idea. We think this will be the best way for us to go out and live, market, and challenge our mission statement.

So, on June 9th, we’re hitting the road in our RV and traveling through all 12 western US states within 12 months. We’re going to stay completely self-sufficient and rely solely on our know-how, creativity, each other, and of course the RV to get by. We'll film all of our travels, interactions and explorations- the whole journey- and create THE WANDERING LIFE, an original web series that we'll host on our site- TheWanderingLife.org.

  • Every other week, we'll air a new episode.
  • From interviews with strangers to outdoor adventures, every episode will take on it's own style and personality.
  • On our route, we'll visit different destinations recommended to us along the way. If we're in Denver, and someone has a cool place they'd like for us to check out, we want to know about it!
  • Each episode will be built upon a foundation- a common theme that includes stepping out of your comfort zone, paying it forward, and sharing knowledge.

TheWanderingLife.org

We're still designing it, but the site is coming along nicely and will serve as great platform for the series and much more.
We're still designing it, but the site is coming along nicely and will serve as great platform for the series and much more.


THE ROAD AHEAD

This is the route we'll take but it's subject to change, especially the roads and towns we'll be going through.
This is the route we'll take but it's subject to change, especially the roads and towns we'll be going through.

While on the road, we’ll find out if we can live a healthy, productive and sustainable lifestyle all while making our own schedule, traveling, working, and pursuing numerous opportunities. We want to share this experience with as many people as possible and The Wandering allows us to do that.

IT ALL STARTS HERE:

...with a vision, hard work, some creativity, and a little help. We’re actually looking forward to the challenges that are going to come with living and working out of an RV for a year. We believe values like stepping out of your comfort zone, paying it forward, and sharing knowledge have real value in today’s world and we know we'll have to practice these beliefs on a daily basis if we're going to be successful.

We’re also pumped about exploring the open spaces and big sky of the American West. From hiking, kayaking, to surfing- we know we'll capture some amazing footage outdoors. Our cameras are great for shooting live action so we'll include a lot of that in the series. Rush (our pooch) shot the opening scene of the video and we're stoked about the potential of more awesome shots from our 4-legged cameraman.

The funds we raise from this campaign won't be used to pay for our personal day-to-day living expenses. We plan on working while on the road. We talk about this more under the "Risks and challenges" section.

Funds raised through Kickstarter will be allocated towards producing The Wandering Life, building our website, incorporating, marketing, and maintaining the RV.

Risks and challenges

The first and most obvious challenge we face is the challenge of earning money. Squeaky Clean Windows- a commercial and residential window cleaning company Carson has owned and operated since 2010, has been successful and will serve as one of our primary income earners.

We also want to utilize our own personal skills to earn money such as: playing gigs, videography, web design, and more.

Another challenge we face is keeping the RV running. We've put countless hours into the restoration, and hopefully when our campaign has concluded, we'll have the funds to finish what we've started. We've already replaced brakes, tires, plugs, wires, and we're more than capable of making repairs on the road.

Our biggest long term challenge is growing The Wandering name. The website is almost done so we feel like we're right on track. We also want to use the RV to spread the word so eventually, we'd like to paint on our logo and a qr code. We think the fact that we'll be including other people's stories and content on the site is huge and it should definitely help us build a community.

Some of the more minor challenges we face include:

Taking care of our K-9 companion, Rush. Rush is up to date on all of his vaccinations and we'll have a chip put in him before we go. We'll keep him on a leash as much as possible and he'll even have his own bed in the RV!

Dealing with changing and sometimes violent weather. One of the reasons we're leaving in June is so we can plan the route around the mercy of the seasons. We'll be up north in the summer and when it begins to cool down, we'll head back south.

Dealing with the stress and fatigue of living on the road with the same people all day everyday. Look, we're not naive. We know we're going to get tired of each other. We've already started to implement little ideas to help make everybody more comfortable. For example, we're bringing some camping equipment in case someone wants to get out of the RV for a night and enjoy some privacy.

The video is just a small sample of the amount of work we've put into the RV and the project so far. It's been fun and we look forward to continuing the adventure with you. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out some of our awesome rewards!

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    Anyone can watch the series. You don't have to donate to access the site. But for only $10, you'll get UNLIMITED ACCESS. Donors will have the ability to post their own content (pictures, videos, stories), subject to our approval, on TheWanderingLife.org, our website where we'll encourage people to interact, communicate and share their adventures. Plus, this is where you will be able to watch our web series- THE WANDERING.

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    You receive UNLIMITED ACCESS to TheWanderingLife.org. Also, we will send you one of our LIMITED EDITION The Wandering decals.

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    Along with UNLIMITED ACCESS to TheWanderingLife.org and your own LIMITED EDITION The Wandering decal, we'll also send you a ONE-OF-A-KIND still shot. The photo will encompass the entire crew and a beautiful outdoor backdrop. You pick the state you want us to take the shot in and we'll make it happen!

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    While we're out, we'll mail you an AWESOME, RANDOM SOUVENIR that we've either found, bought, or made along the way. You'll still get UNLIMITED ACCESS to TheWanderingLife.org, your own LIMITED EDITION The Wandering decal, and the ONE-OF-A-KIND still shot.

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    You'll get UNLIMITED ACCESS to TheWanderingLIfe.org, your own LIMITED EDITION The Wandering decal, and the ONE-OF-A-KIND still shot. Last but definitely not least, YOU GET TO PICK ONE OF THE DESTINATIONS ON THE WANDERING- our web series. Yellowstone? Yosemite? Some cafe off the highway? It doesn't matter. You decide and we'll turn our journey there into a webisode!

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    You'll get UNLIMITED ACCESS to TheWanderingLIfe.org, your own LIMITED EDITION The Wandering decal, the ONE-OF-A-KIND still shot, the chance to PICK ONE OF OUR DESTINATIONS ON THE WANDERING- our web series...AND...we'll hand over UNCUT, UNEDITED FOOTAGE from the series. You won't be able to find this anywhere else! Things might get weird folks.

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    All of the awesome rewards we've mentioned above + your OWN SECTION on TheWanderingLife.org where we personally recognize and thank our top donors. Without these people, this project wouldn't be possible.

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    We are emphasizing sustainability while on this journey. So, adding solar panels to the RV is one of our main goals. It will open up so many possibilities for us and allow us to truly be self-sufficient. Aside from receiving all of the awesome rewards above, THE CREW WILL COME AND VISIT YOU wherever your location in the continental US, so we can say thank you in person. If you're lucky, we'll pick up the instruments and serenade you a little bit.

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    All of the awesome rewards we've mentioned above + you can do everyone the favor of SENDING RUSH TO THE SPA FOR A DAY. Rush is going to be working hard and he'll need a break. Treat him to a day of relaxation (and a bath).

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