When I tell people about my life style, I typically get 1 of 3 reactions…
A) Are you serious? I don’t believe you. I’m really worried about you. Are you safe?
B) That’s interesting (sideways judgement face before conveniently changing the subject). Did you see the new X-Men movie?
C) Wow that is super cool! I have so many questions…do you mind if I ask you a few?
As a result I have put together this short list of frequently asked questions. I hope to add to it over time as I share my journey and story with others.
Where do you shower?
For some reason this is the #1 ranked question I get. The answer is, I shower in lot’s of different places. I usually end up at my 24 hour gym, but also shower at work and or friends house. Occasionally when I am out camping I will freshen up with a wash cloth.
What do you eat?
Right around the corner from work is a Harris Teeter’s so I often get away with a piece of fruit or oatmeal for breakfast and a cup of soup with an avocado or a sandwich for lunch. For dinner I usually eat out, and have established a list of go to, healthy places.
On average, I spend around $15-$20 on food, which sounds like a lot but is relatively nothing compared to what I would pay for an apartment, utility bills, etc. Plus it gives me the opportunity to try a boat load of eateries, farm to table restaurants and catch up with friends every now and again over happy hour.
Where do you sleep?
Typically I sleep in my car because it’s exhausting and cost prohibitive to camp in the nearby parks. I sleep in the passenger side and prop my feet up on a bog of clothes- it’s actually pretty conformable. Very similar to when you are at the dentist getting your teeth cleaned. I would say it’s about 87% comfortable.
What kind of car do you have?
A lot of people assume I have huge sports vehicle or a truck, but I have a small, 2006 4 door Hyundai Elantra sedan. Nothing fancy, but I own it outright and we have been on many adventures.
How long do you plan on doing this?
My journey is tied closely to how long it will take me to pay off my private student loan debt. I estimate it will take me 12 months, which means I should be finished before January of 2017. In reality though, I may just winter for a while and car camp again when Spring comes around to save money for traveling. I have also thought about buying a Winnebago or trying to find someone who will let me put a tiny home on their property.
How do you get mail?
I originally rented a mail box (not a P.O. Box) from UPS for 3 months, but opted to continue having my mail sent to my sisters, which is cheaper and easier than switching all my billing info to another address.
How do you do laundry?
I go to a laundry mat usually. Sometimes I do laundry at a friend’s house over beer or at a hotel when traveling.
What do you do when it gets cold?
I layer up and I also have plenty of sub zero camping gear. Generally I can stay pretty comfortable around 11 degrees if I bundle up in my sub-zero mummy sleeping bag. Eating before bed also helps.
How do you get to work?
I typically drive a mile to the nearest park and ride metro station and take public transit into the city. I sometimes park in residential areas as well to save money on parking but always take public transportation whenever possible. It’s cheaper, better for the environment and makes for a less stressful commute!