This Couple Quit Their Jobs To Travel The Country In A Tiny House They Built
"I realized we could quit our jobs and live a life of travel in a house we built ourselves. So that's what we did."
Meet Jenna Spesard, Guillaume Dutilh, Salies the pooch, and their tiny house.
About two years ago, the couple decided they were bored of their jobs and wanted to follow their passion: travel journalism.
"I was browsing the internet and found out about tiny houses," Dutilh told BuzzFeed News. "I was like, What if we could quit our jobs and live a life of travel journalism in a house we built ourselves? So that's what we did."
Although "tiny houses" are exactly what they sound like, the phenomenon is also part of a nationwide community started by the tiny house company, Tumbleweed.
"The people we meet who live in tiny houses tend to be much more free-spirited than the people we met in our jobs," Dutilh told BuzzFeed News. "Their priority isn't money and nice things, but freedom and enjoying life and the beauty of everything around them."
With the help of friends, the couple built their own tiny house from scratch over the course of a year.
Once it was fully safe, warm, transportable, and homey...
They moved out of their normal-size house, into their tiny house, and left their old lives behind forever.
Spesard, 28, and Dutilh, 30, have now been traveling around the country for six months, living off Jenna's travel writing, Dutilh's photography, and donations from supporters all over the country.
The couple began by driving from their former home city of Los Angeles to Spesard's home state, Illinois, then continued to drive to all the major East Coast cities, into Canada, and all through the South to Florida.
When BuzzFeed News caught up with them they were in a desert in New Mexico.
"In the past six months we've traveled over 11,000 miles," Dutilh told BuzzFeed News.
"It's truly amazing what we get to see. The experiences we have are like nothing we could have had before in our jobs," he added.
"It's so much fun, but it's also a lot of work. We're continously generating new material for our blog. We want to share as much as we possibly can."
The two travel where fans offer them a driveway or land to park on, or to where they can hold tiny house building workshops for the tiny house company Tumbleweed.
"Everyone has been so supportive and amazing, offering us driveways and electricity and water," Dutilh said. "When we're driving the house puts smiles on the faces of most people around us. We get a lot of thumbs-up."
They also meet up with other people living in tiny houses all across the country, and make video blogs about each of them.
Another reason Spesard and Dutilh decided to live the tiny-house lifestyle was concern for the environment and their impact.
"We've done calculations and our imprint is now half of that of the average American couple," Dutilh said. "Because the house is so small it takes so little heat, water, and electricity to keep it up, and we can live a cheap, low-impact lifestyle."
Spesard and Dutilh have allocated a year to travel, ending up in Alaska then Colorado.
"We could either stay in Colorado and enjoy the beauty of the environment," Dutilh said, "or if we're still not losing money on the trip, we could continue for as long as we want."