A family of six who swapped their dream home for a trailer have travelled more than 100,000 miles around the US in three years after becoming ‘bored of suburbia’.
Jonathan Longnecker, 38, and his wife Ashley, 35, said their lives once revolved around mortgage payments and maintaining their four bedroom terraced home.
The couple, from Knoxville, Tennessee, were inspired to travel with their four children when Jonathan’s friend embarked on a similar adventure with his teenagers.
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Looking for a change, they sold their house in April 2015, paid off their mortgage and used the $40,000 (£31,000) profit to purchase an RV.
The family travelled to Maine in May, and spent the winter in the Florida Keys before selling the RV and buying a 1972 Airstream for $13,000 (£10,000) in the summer of 2016 instead.
The couple spent six months and $30,000 (£23,000) renovating the trailer, and so far they’ve travelled to 30 states in it, and they don’t plan on stopping any time soon.Avant Silk Woman Outerwear Fashionable Trend Sexy Jacket Kimono Style Designer Jacket Woman Street Garde Yellow Clothing PIq4axI
Jonathan said: ‘We were living the American dream.
‘We had a big house, I was running my own successful website development business.
‘But we were spending so much time maintaining the house and paying our mortgage.
‘We had never had an adventure.
‘That year, one of my friends started travelling full-time with his family.
‘He had two teenage kids and was working in web design like me.
‘I never realised something like that was an option for a family.’
Ashley added: ‘Once we realised that full-time travelling was something we could do because of our line of work, it wasn’t a very hard decision.
‘We sold the house and used the profit to buy an RV and tow vehicle.’
Jonathan says that inside the vehicle, there’s a table which folds into a queen sized bed and four bunk beds for the kids which turn into sofas.
Their waste is composted and they also have solar panels.
The family, who are in South Dakota right now, loosely plan their adventures and settle in each place for an average of three weeks.
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Ashley said: ‘We tent camped there for two nights where we practically had the island to ourselves.
‘The stars were so bright, they looked as though you could pick them from the sky. It was a magical.’
The couple say food and fuel are the family’s greatest expenses but their routine on the road is much like that of normal families.
Ashley said: ‘Most of the time our mornings consist of work, schoolwork, and reading before we head out to hike or go on some adventure.
‘There are some days when we have more projects than others so there are the occasional full days of work, but most of the time we head out in the afternoon to do something fun.’
Jonathan added: ‘Right now we are doing the 360 mile challenge. We’re trying to walk at least a mile each day.’
Although Ashley misses having her own washer and dryer, the couple say they’re confident that their way of life is having a positive impact on their children.
Ashley said: ‘Now that they’re older, we’ve seen a huge shift in the kids.
‘They spend more time outside exploring and getting creative with the things around them. Their curiosity for the world has really bloomed in the last few years.
‘I hope we’re instilling in them a sense of wonder and adventure that they’ll carry with them the rest of their lives.’
Jonathan says that something that does come up a lot is the issue of socialisation but he feels the children don’t need a rigid schedule.
‘Our children are thriving’, he said.
Ashley added: ‘We often say that we’re just mad we didn’t do it sooner.
‘We know it’s not for everyone but it’s for us.’