After four months of full-time travel in our Airstream, Alexandrea and I bought a small farm in rural Mississippi. In a recent post, we told readers about our plans to see Yellowstone this fall, but we never made it that far. Not even close. Not long after we wrote that post, we found a part of the country we just knew we wanted to eventually settle in, the lower South, especially west Alabama and east Mississippi. What we didn’t realize is how soon we would actually find a home.
When we started traveling, we intended to do it for at least a year. We spent several months during the first half of this year completely remodeling our Airstream. We had dreams of traveling, seeing the country, meeting great people, and saving a lot of money. Other than the last point, everything else happened. We visited places we had wanted to see for a long time, and we made precious memories together, including spending our one year wedding anniversary in Williamsburg, Virginia. We didn’t travel out west, so we didn’t have opportunities for less expensive camping in the east like many talk about when visiting the more western states. We learned quickly that an Airstream has to be parked somewhere every night, and that usually costs money, and it adds up fast. (But that’s a subject for another post… maybe we’ll write something about what we learned about full-timing during those four months).
The plan all along was to travel until we felt comfortable enough mentally and financially to purchase a home. That moment came much quicker than expected. Just for fun, we started looking at homes in the lower South, sort of casually, around the beginning of August. I found the home we ended up buying the first day it was posted for sale online. I didn’t think much about it at the time. But while we were visited Ohio Amish country in mid-August, I kept thinking about this same home. I told Alex I wanted to go see it, just to find out whether this would be something we might be interested in. We left Ohio, dropped the Airstream off at the Kentucky Horse Park (great folks by the way), and headed to Mississippi. We contacted the real estate agent, viewed the house, and signed a contract the next morning. It happened very quickly. But with a tree-lined driveway, several acres of open farmland, a house surrounded by huge pecan and oak trees, we couldn’t pass it up. A friend who we sent pictures to told us the farm achieved “storybook” status. I agree.
Once we signed the contract, we drove back to the Airstream, traveled around Kentucky and Tennessee a few more weeks (passing time as we eagerly waited for moving day), and moved into our new house at the end of September.
So let’s review. In nine months, we remodeled the Airstream, left our former jobs, built an income exclusively through online work, traveling thousands of miles in a few months, and bought a home in a place we absolutely love. Our plan was always to end up at a small farm. Now, we have it. Since we got married, we’ve done almost everything we said we would do: leave apartment life, say goodbye to 9 to 5 jobs, rebuild the Airstream, travel, buy a farm. How did we do it? Hard work, persistence, optimism, and good old-fashioned faith.
So what are our plans now? Farming, lots of farming. We have many acres of prime Mississippi farmland, and we will start planting first thing come spring. Our blog will transition from topics about travel to things that deal more with agriculture and homesteading. We hope you have learned something about Airstreaming and full-timing from our experience, but we are now changing the focus of our posts to reflect our new journey: the farm.
We lead a life that most people dream about without putting forth an effort to make happen. We still earn an income from online business, so we have essentially escaped the corporate world and the typical 9 to 5 job, and now with real estate. That’s one of our greatest achievements as a couple. Self-sufficiency and independence are very old American values, so agriculture is the logical step forward for our life. If you’re interested in agrarian topics, self-dependence, and a landed lifestyle, keep reading this blog. We are going to provide stories and information you’ll want to know about.
See our Airstream Remodel Reveal here!